Section Review Articles

Clear aligners, the aesthetic solution: a review


Gopala Krishna Ganta
Kamala Cheruvu
Rama Krishna Ravi
Raghavendra Prasad Reddy

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Abstract

In the recent past, the demand for adult orthodontic treatment has increased multiple folds. As a repercussion of this stipulation, invisible orthodontic treatment has expanded its horizon. Efforts of using aesthetic brackets, wires, and lingual techniques to meet the expectations of adult patients have been practised. Though these techniques seemed to be promising in the initial days, soon decreased in popularity due to drawbacks associated with them. Clear aligners were offered as a newer and superior aesthetic alternative to overcome the difficulties associated with prior aesthetic approaches. These aligners are made up of different thermoplastic materials intended to move the malpositioned teeth in the desired corrected position following push mechanics. This article deals with new generation orthodontic treatment using aligners. It deals with history, generations, different materials used, and the distances yet to be travelled to become the benchmark and replace the existing conventional braces. This paper also gives a bird’s eye view of the method of aligner fabrication and the significant differences between the regular braces and aligners used in orthodontics.

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Author Biographies

Gopala Krishna Ganta, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis.

Masters student in Health informatics, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Indiana, USA. 46202.

Kamala Cheruvu, Gitam Dental College and Hospital

Postgraduate Student, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Visakhaptnam, Andhra Pradesh, India.

Rama Krishna Ravi, Malla Reddy Institute of Dental Sciences

Professor, Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics, Malla Reddy Institute of Dental Sciences, Hyderabad, Telangana, India.

Raghavendra Prasad Reddy, Servier Pharmaceuticals

Senior Manager, Medical Safety and Risk Management Servier Pharmaceuticals, Boston, MA 02210, USA.

CITATION
DOI: 10.37983/IJDM.2021.3304
Published: 2021-08-01
How to Cite
Ganta, G. K., Cheruvu, K., Ravi, R. K. ., & Reddy, R. P. (2021). Clear aligners, the aesthetic solution: a review. International Journal of Dental Materials, 3(3), 90-95. https://doi.org/10.37983/IJDM.2021.3304

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