Aligners are clear, thin, plastic-like trays that are formed to fit an individual’s teeth. Patients are responsible for putting in and removing their aligners. A series of aligners are created to move teeth. Each aligner is worn for 2-3 weeks, and moves teeth a fraction of a millimeter at a time. Patients must remove aligners for meals and when brushing/flossing. The number of aligners needed to correct misaligned teeth varies based on the individual’s orthodontic problem. The aligners are customized to apply pressure to the teeth that you want to move. Clear aligners show off your smile so most people won’t even notice you are wearing them. They are easy to remove and there are no wires to trap food.