All-day clear aligners straighten teeth comfortably and inexpensively, especially when compared to the comfort and price of traditional braces.
Currently, there are two types of aligners: all-day and nighttime aligners. All-day aligners are worn (as their name would suggest) during the day, while nighttime aligners must be worn for at least 10 hours at night.
The type of aligners you wear depends on your preference and teeth. Some people prefer to wear aligners at night when they’re not talking or interacting with other people. Wearing them at night allows you to avoid taking them out for meals, too.
Some people find nighttime aligners uncomfortable and report difficulty falling asleep and/or staying asleep while wearing them.
An orthodontist may recommend one over the other depending on your teeth; some patients might need to wear aligners for longer periods, depending on the complexity of their straightening program.
All-day aligners work similarly to braces. Make a mold of your teeth and your online orthodontist will create a clear aligner to slowly straighten your smile. You wear the aligner for a prescribed amount of time.
Some patients may need to be fitted for several aligners as their teeth straighten.
There are so many reasons why clear aligners are better than braces for most patients. At-home clear aligners are:
Most all-day aligners need to be worn for 22 hours a day — minimum — if you want them to straighten your teeth properly. Your aligner can (and should) be removed for meals and brushing your teeth.