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Invisible Braces? Clear Aligners? Who is a candidate?

August 24, 2015

August 13th, 2015
Author: Dr. Courtney Richter

At Lake District Family Dentistry, Dr. Richter offers the options of traditional orthodontics (Ceramic or Metal Braces) as well as clear aligners in a series (Bioliners™) to move teeth.  Some patients have only slight movement needed to perfect their smiles, making them great candidates for the series of invisible trays.  She uses a system called Bioliners™, which are clear appliances can be used for minor tooth movement at an affordable price!

What Is a Bioliner™?

A Bioliner is a tooth aligner made of 0.030mm ultra clear plastic with a soft thermal plastic insert. To make a Bioliner™, Dr. Richter first sends Five Star Orthodontic Lab a set of patient models. The dental lab will reset the teeth to be aligned in the stone models. They make a soft thermal plastic insert to fit over the reset teeth. The dental lab then makes a tight plastic retainer over the model with the plastic aligning insert in place. When a patient wears the retainer, the thermal plastic insert exerts a gentle pressure on the teeth to be moved. The thermal plastic insert is the key to this aligner. The insert is flexible enough to allow the patient to easily take the appliance on and off, yet rigid enough to move teeth.

What Can the Bioliner™ Be Used For?

The soft insert allows movement of the teeth up to about 11⁄2mm per tray depending upon the space. Up to three Bioliners™ can be made from the original models. If more movement is needed, the dentist can re-impress after the three Bioliners™ have been used and make a new set of aligners. Bioliners™ are used to correct cases with rotated teeth, tipped teeth and minor relapse cases. The trays are not intended to be used to correct excessive crowding or major skeletal or dental deviations.

Call to schedule a consult with Dr. Richter if you :

  • HAVE MINOR CROWDING AND DO NOT WANT TO WEAR BRACES.
  • HAVE NOT WORN YOUR RETAINERS AND EXPERIENCED SOME RELAPSE AFTER WEARING BRACES.
  • NEED BRACES REMOVED PREMATURELY BUT STILL NEED SOME MINOR CORRECTION.

You may be the perfect candidate for invisible aligners!!!

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