The best time to start orthodontic treatment is generally during childhood, but with modern technology, adults can also have this treatment done at any age. In children it may be necessary to wait for certain number of permanent teeth to come through before starting the treatment. This treatment is traditionally done with the help of removable or fixed appliances (wire braces), or a combination of the two appliances. In some cases, extraction of some teeth is necessary before starting the orthodontic treatment.
Traditional orthodontic braces being unsightly and uncomfortable, many patients opt for orthodontic treatment by “clear aligners” ,with the help of which the treatment is done without brackets (braces) and wires. Although this treatment (with aligners' is five times more expensive than the traditional wire-braces, many patients prefer it, because it helps them to stay confident and comfortable throughout the orthodontic treatment.
Aligners are clear coloured removable trays made of plastic which is almost invisible. These wire-free Aligners are used to ‘straighten the teeth’ without much disturbance to patient. Unlike the traditional ‘fixed wire braces’, Aligners are removable, making it easier to eat and brush teeth. They are also very cozy and do not irritate patient’s gums and cheeks. A set of nearly 15 to 50 aligners is tailor-made for every patient by using highly sophisticated 3D CAD-CAM technology, and patient has to wear each one of them for a period of two weeks, 20 hours a day, before switching to the next in the line. These Alighners gradually move the teeth from their 'existing' to the 'desired' position... giving the patient a near perfect smile.
Aligners are predominantly manufactured by 2 reputed companies - ClearPath and Invisalign. You can know more about their aligners by visiting their respective websites.