Orthodontics is the branch of dentistry that corrects teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Crooked teeth and teeth that do not fit together correctly are harder to keep clean, are at risk of being lost early due to tooth decay and periodontal disease, and cause extra stress on the chewing muscles that can lead to headaches, TMJ syndrome and neck, shoulder and back pain. Teeth that are crooked or not in the right place can also detract from one's appearance.
The benefits of orthodontic treatment include a healthier mouth, a more pleasing appearance, and teeth that are more likely to last a lifetime.
Clear orthodontic aligners can straighten a dental patient’s teeth without
the wires and brackets of traditional braces. The aligners consist of a
sequence of clear, removable trays that fit over the teeth to straighten them.
Each tray must be worn by the patient for a specified amount of time—usually
around 20 hours a day for two weeks–before the patient can progress to the
next tray. In most situations, the aligners can straighten teeth starting at
6 months, depending on patient severity of crowding or spacing.