FAQs

About Clear Aligners

What are Clear Aligners?

Clear braces or aligners are the custom-made plastic trays that are worn on the teeth for teeth straightening. Unlike braces, there are no metallic wires, brackets or tiny rubber bands.

What are the benefits of Clear Aligners?

Aligners have multiple features. They are removable, comfortable, and virtually invisible and allow you to enjoy every aspect of life which makes them preferable over braces.

How long should you wear aligners?

Aligners must be worn for 22 hours a day to get the expected result. Aligners should only be removed for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene.

What teeth misalignments can be corrected with clear aligners?

Clear aligners help in teeth straightening. Anyone suffering from mal-aligned teeth, overbite, cross-bite, gaps in teeth can take aligner treatment after consulting an orthodontist.

How should you clean your aligners?

Use the cleaning kit. If you do not have the cleaning kit, you may clean them by using a soft-bristled toothbrush and recommended toothpaste. Gently brush the aligners and wash them thoroughly with clean water.

At what age can you start wearing your clear aligner?

Clear Aligners are suitable for all ages. However, the patient must have all permanent teeth erupted.

Clear Aligners vs. Braces

What is the difference between clear aligners and metallic braces?

Aligners are medical grade clear plastic trays that can be worn on the teeth. They are comfortable, flexible, nearly invisible and removable. Whereas braces are metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded/fixed on your teeth till your teeth are aligned. They are easy to notice, hard to clean and non-removable.

Do I need to visit the dentist’s clinic often like in case of braces?

Not at all, aligners require only a few dental visits, just to check the treatment progression or any issue with the fitting of aligners. While in braces, a patient needs to visit the dental clinic frequently to tighten the wires and undergo modifications.

How is oral hygiene easy with aligners?

When it comes to oral hygiene, it is an essential part of our day to day living and an integral part of our overall health. With braces, you need to maintain oral hygiene many times in a day because of food particles getting stuck in your braces whereas in aligners you just have to wash them whenever you remove them to eat or brush your teeth.

Is there any chance of aligner breakage or damage?

Clear aligners are made up of a strong medical grade plastic. There are little or no chances of any breakage or damage if you remove and wear them carefully according to your dentist’s instructions. With braces, the patient faces a tough time in maintaining metallic wires and brackets.

What are the food restrictions while wearing clear aligners?

Clear aligners are completely removable. Therefore, you can have any food or drink you want just by removing them. There are no food restrictions in clear aligners. But always clean your mouth and the aligners when you wear them back again.

Do’s and Don’ts of Clear Aligner

Do I Need to Remove Aligners While Eating?

Aligners allow you to eat and drink whatever you want. As aligners are made of medical grade plastic, they are prone to get damaged if exposed to heat or chemicals. Therefore, If you eat or drink anything while wearing aligners, it will diminish the quality and colour of the aligner and may disfigure them. As a result, they will not work efficiently anymore. Therefore, you must remove them during eating or drinking.

I Start My Day with Tea/Coffee, Do I Need to Remove Aligners?

Yes, tea and coffee and contains high amounts of colour pigment. If you wear aligners when you are drinking coffee or tea, it will leave colour on the aligner and aligner will become discoloured. So, remove the aligner during such consumptions.

Can I Chew Gum While Wearing Aligners?

Chewing gum is not suitable for aligners as it may get stuck in the aligners and damage them. Therefore, orthodontists advise you not to do so.

Can I Drink Alcohol When Wearing My Aligners?

No, because of the high sugar content in alcohol, it will discolour the aligners. You should make sure sugar does not get trapped between your teeth and aligner. The same applies to other sugary beverages also.

Can I sleep wearing Clear Aligners?

Of course, you can. In fact, while you are sleeping aligners get enough time to work. But clean the aligners and your mouth when you wake up in the morning and insert them back again.

Will aligners affect my speech?

Only at the initial stage, you may experience some discomfort/lisp while speaking. Once your mouth becomes habitual to aligners, it won’t affect your speech anymore.

Cases treatable with Aligner

Can my crooked teeth be treated with clear aligners?

Aligner can effectively straighten crooked teeth. Discuss your requirements with your dentist during the consultation.

What is a poor bite? How can it be corrected?

A poor bite is quite common. Normally your upper teeth overlap the lower teeth by 2 mm. When the lower teeth overlap the upper teeth, it is called a crossbite even if it is a single tooth overlap. Such kind of poor bite can be corrected with the clear aligner treatment.

What if someone is having gaps between teeth?

Aligners can also correct the gaps between teeth. Clear aligners gradually close the gap between the teeth by moving them closer.

Aligners Cost

How much does clear aligner treatment cost?

Well, it depends on the individual case requirements. No prediction can be made without consultation. The cost depends on the number of aligners required to correct your teeth. Ask an orthodontist to know about the exact treatment cost in your case.

Can I pay the treatment fee in instalments?

We have flexible payment options including instalments. Please contact our orthodontist to know the details.

What are the payment options available?

We accept all Visa and Master cards. You can pay through online banking as well.

About Alignwise

What is Alignwise Smile Technologies?

Alignwise Smile Technologies is a premium aligner company based in New Delhi working with a strong team of experienced people in the field of dentistry. We have a collaboration with over 100 certified dentist/orthodontist all over India.

Who can become a certified Alignwise orthodontist?

If you want to become an Alignwise certified orthodontist, you only need to share your details. Our team will reach out to you as soon as possible. We will visit your clinic and provide you training on clear aligners.

How long does Alignwise take to deliver the aligners?

After approval of the case, we only take five days to deliver the starter kit. You can get your aligners in full or in batches as per your convenience.

What comes in Alignwise Starter Kit?

In the Alignwise starter kit you will get the 3D models of your teeth, zero aligners, carry case, care guide, chewies and the outie tool.

Where can I find a clinic that offers Alignwise aligners?

We have a vast presence in Delhi-NCR and other parts of the country. You may find a clinic where you will get the Alignwise aligners by browsing ‘Alignwise Aligners Available At’.

Treatment Progression

How does clear aligner move your teeth?

Aligners are designed to shift your teeth in an ideal position gradually by applying the controlled force to your teeth. Each aligner moves your teeth up to a certain point, and then the next aligner is set to do the same. This process continues until the desired teeth position is achieved.

How long does the treatment take?

It entirely depends on the complexity of the individual case. If only minor refinements are needed, then it will take few months. As the severity increases the treatment duration also increases.

At what time should you switch to a new aligner set?

When you wear a fresh set of the aligners, they take time to adjust in your mouth. Therefore, doctors recommend wearing the new aligner set before bedtime. By doing this, the aligners will get many hours to fit in your mouth without any interruption.

What is the treatment process?

The treatment starts with the orthodontist/dentist consultation. The doctor prepares the treatment plan, and the making of aligner begins from here. We deliver the starter kit in 5 days after getting the approval on the case. The user is required to wear each aligner pair for 14 days. Only a few dental visits are required throughout the treatment.

Will anyone notice my clear aligners?

It is hard to notice aligners as they are clear and transparent. Patients prefer aligners over the braces because they are nearly invisible.

I am unable to remove aligners quickly, is there any way to remove them easily?

For those who find aligners difficult to wear and remove, tools like chewies and outie are designed to make the process easier. Chewies are used to fit the aligners perfectly while the outie tool is used to remove the aligner easily. These tools are useful in complex cases.

Will I face any pain or discomfort with aligners?

At the initial stage, there may be some discomfort or pain when you start wearing your aligners. This lasts only a few days, till you get used to wearing your clear aligners. In case of substantial pain immediately contact your doctor.

Where should I store the aligners when I am not wearing them?

It is best to store the clear aligners in the provided carry case only. Putting them anywhere in your pocket, table, car desk, etc. can damage it. Do not expose them directly to sunlight.

When can I achieve the planned goal?

It will take the time determined by your consulting dentist/orthodontist to complete the treatment. However, be committed to following all the instructions to prevent any further delays in your treatment.

Post Treatment

My aligner treatment has been completed, what’s next?

Congratulations on completing your treatment. Now, your teeth have just acquired their new positions. Therefore, you are required to wear retainers.-Retainer is an appliance that maintains the teeth in their newly acquired position permanently.

For how long should I wear retainers?

It depends on the case; you may be required to wear retainers for a short period of 3-6 months or 1 year. In some cases, patients have to wear retainers for the rest of their life.

Do I need to visit my dentist’s clinic anymore?

You should visit your dentist after completing the treatment. The doctor will assess whether the treatment has ended as it was planned or not. The dentist will also give you some useful tips for your future dental health.

Is there any chance of teeth relapse?

To prevent teeth from relapsing, you should wear the retainers. It will prevent such kind of mishappening. Therefore in difficult cases, it is advisable to go for fixed retainers. Consult your orthodontist for the type of retainer indicated in your case.

What about oral hygiene after the treatment?

Oral hygiene is always important whether you are taking any treatment or not. If you do not maintain good oral hygiene, your dental health will suffer, leading to adverse effects on your orthodontic treatment and relapse.