When a doctor uses 3D Predict™ Aligners, he has access to a unique technology which treats a tooth as a whole and deeply analyzes your crown, roots, and bone. 3D treatment modeling provided by 3D Predict™ ensures that your teeth are moved safely and efficiently within the bone and avoids anatomically impossible movements, which are the usual reason for increased treatment length and some corrections.
You will not be in any serious pain while wearing your 3D Predict™ Aligners. The first 1-3 days of wearing a new aligner set, you may feel pressure or a slight ache with the teeth which have started moving. You will not have to take pain killers. It will only be a mild discomfort.
You should wear your 3D Predict™ Aligners constantly, taking them off only when eating or brushing your teeth; approximately 22 hours each day. In order for a tooth to start moving, it needs to feel mild pressure for 2-3 days. Once the pressure is absent for 4 hours, tooth movement fully stops. If you stop wearing aligners for more than 4 hours, it will take several days for the tooth to start moving again. If you wear your aligners less than 22 hours a day, your teeth will be moving slower and you will not get the treatment result on time.
You should take the aligners off during the meals. If you forgot to take off your aligners and accidentally ate something, rinse your aligners and mouth after eating or brush your teeth, since food particles could get between an aligner and your teeth.
Everything depends on case complexity. Usually treatment lasts from 3-4 months (for example, mild spacing) to 2 years. On average, a moderate case runs 1.5 years. Your doctor will give you full information on your treatment as well as show you your 3D treatment plan.
If your teeth are straight, but you have one or more of the following, you should consult an orthodontist. These may be signs of an unhealthy bite which needs to be corrected:
Excessive enamel attrition
Constant dental plaque
Crowded teeth or spacing