Orthodontic overlays – what are their advantages?

Discretion:

The trays are almost invisible, which is a great advantage, especially for adults.

Ease of cleaning:

Patients can easily remove the trays to clean their teeth and trays.

Comfort:

The trays are comfortable to wear without irritating the oral mucosa.

Scanners and digital technology:

The scanners used in digital orthodontics allow the patient’s mouth to be scanned accurately, creating a 3D model of the teeth. This model is used to design customised orthodontic trays and to monitor the progress of treatment. This eliminates the need for traditional plaster impressions, which can be uncomfortable for patients.

The ability to see a visualisation of the smile:

The patient can see what they will look like after treatment.

Ability to remove overlays in emergency situations:

The patient can remove the overlays for a short period of time if needed, such as during an important meeting at work.

Predictable number of follow-up visits:

The treatment plan is based on fixed follow-up visits, which makes it easier to monitor progress.

Defined treatment time:

The patient has an idea of how long they will need to wear the overlays.

Treatment plan and number of overlays fixed at the beginning:

The patient knows how many overlays they will need to wear and how the treatment will progress.

No need to radically change eating habits:

The overlays can be removed while eating, so there is no need for restrictive dietary changes.

Rare emergency visits:

Overlays rarely require urgent follow-up visits due to failure.

In summary, treatment with teeth straightening trays has many advantages, but also some disadvantages. The choice of this treatment method should be carefully considered with the involvement of an experienced practitioner, who will assess the patient’s individual needs and help choose the right option.