Upgrade your Smile with Aligner Therapy!

Showtime for your teeth! A winning smile with well-groomed teeth makes everyone look instantly likeable. This is one of the reasons why aesthetic dentistry is booming.

It’s never too late for straight teeth – the transparent aligner system makes sure of that. The special splint is virtually the “invisible” alternative to conventional braces and is therefore particularly suitable for adults.

Aligner therapy has now proven its worth worldwide. More than 4 million patients in 90 countries have already been treated, which is why the company can draw on a corresponding database. In Germany, the method has been known since 2001 and is considered an innovative technique with a large number of patents when it comes to optimizing malpositioned teeth.

In the past, dental splints were made of metal, but the splint of the aligner system is made of transparent, biocompatible plastic. It feels comfortable and corrects the teeth very gently. The special feature: The dental splints are virtually invisible to the surroundings and can be easily removed at any time: For eating, dental care or before an important meeting.

Slight malocclusions can be corrected within a few months. But complicated malocclusions can also be treated, and the therapy takes correspondingly longer, in extreme cases up to one and a half years.

How does aligner therapy work?

Using special 3D programs, the crooked teeth are virtually corrected in the computer by individually straightening, tilting back or shifting them. The desired treatment goal is then discussed with the patient. The therapy takes place in treatment phases (steps) of two or four weeks each (depending on the aligner system). A transparent, thin plastic splint is made for each phase. In the case of lighter malocclusions, there are about 3 to 20 aligners; in the case of more complex tooth movements (for example, after tooth extrusions), the number of splints is between 10 and 50, depending on the manufacturer, and in individual cases even more,” explains Munich dentist Dr. Jan Hajt√≥. Each splint must be worn for 22 hours a day per week.

For whom is aligner therapy recommended?

Adolescents from the age of 11 and adults can be treated. The main area of application is in cases of moderate crowding or gaps in the teeth, disruptive protrusion or recession of the teeth, and crookedness, especially of the canines and premolars.

Unfortunately, public health insurances do not pay for this method, private health insurances partially contribute to the costs. COSTS: The treatment costs on average between 3,000 to 8,000 euros. More information also about the dentist specialists.

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