U Grin Aligners only works in cases of mild malalignment or crowding/spacing between teeth. Dental cases that require bodily movements of teeth can’t be treated with Clear Aligners, and therefore require treatment with traditional braces. Also, cases of Class II and Class III malocclusion can’t be treated with Clear Aligners.
Treatment with U Grin Aligners is suitable for any person whose permanent teeth, including their 2nd molars, are fully developed. This can be from the age of 12. Those below 18 will require the consent of their guardians.
As you may know, Implants are metal screws inserted in the bone and they can’t be moved like natural teeth. Bridges are prosthetic fixtures that connect teeth to replace any missing ones. If the movement of these is required to improve the smile, then this will not be possible with aligners. But if they are not involved in the movement, then the treatment can be conducted without any problem. Individual prosthetic crowns on natural teeth can be moved as good as natural crowns.
From the 3D images of every treatment stage, a model will be produced using high precision 3D printers at our partner dental labs. On these models, BPA-free, FDA approved dental-grade plastic sheets will be thermoformed. The formed trays will then be adjusted and polished by our partner dental technicians and then reviewed by our partner dentists/orthodontists before being shipped to our customers.
After we finish with the 3D scan of your teeth, it’s only a matter of days until you receive your Grin Box to your doorstep and begin with your new smile journey. It will include your aligners along with the necessary tools and your Grin Guide to make your journey as smooth as possible.
Each set of aligners needs to be used for 2 weeks and worn 20 – 22 hours/day to achieve the best results in the shortest period possible. The treatment period ranges between 3-10 months, with an average time of 6 months. Failure to do so will delay your treatment and compromise your desired results.
It would be normal to experience some mild pain or discomfort during the treatment process, especially when you switch to a new set of aligners, but this pain should be relieved 2-3 days later. Remember, this pain is only temporary as your teeth are gradually shifting over time, so a feeling of mild to moderate discomfort in the first few days of wearing each aligner is perfectly normal.
After the initial 3D scan visit, there are no further requirements to attend a clinic unless you personally request an appointment. You simply manage your own treatment from home and check in with us if you need assistance.
By observing the fit of your aligners at the end of 2 weeks. No-Gap should be present between the teeth and aligners. This means that it has moved the teeth according to the plan and reached a perfect fit.
By comparing the current position of your teeth to the respective stage in the simulated plan
By sending us, every month, pictures of your teeth for our registered dentists/orthodontists to evaluate them and send you, in return, their feedback.
This is the first step of your treatment and it has 2 parts:
The questionnaire that covers your dental history and brief description of the case.
The smile photos to be uploaded from different angles.
This step is free of charge and it permits our registered dentists/orthodontists to see if your case fits within our selection criteria and if you’re eligible for the 2nd and more in-depth assessment which is the Digital Dental Impression.
Digital Dental Impression, done at our partner clinics, is a 3D image of your teeth and bite taken using an intraoral 3D scanner. This is simply a camera that takes hundreds of pictures of your teeth. A computer, connected to the camera, will stitch these pictures, using a special software, into a 3D image which will be your Digital Dental Impression. As mentioned, this is a 3D camera and not an x-ray device.
It takes around 20-30 minutes, including the time to fill up some additional information.
It will be used initially for our 2nd assessment where our registered dentists/orthodontists will evaluate your case in detail and determine if you are suitable for aligner treatment.
If eligible, it will be then used to produce a simulated 3D plan as prescribed and then reviewed by our registered dentists/orthodontists. The plan consists of highly accurate digital images that are broken down into each aligner stage.
During meals, you should always take them out and place them inside the case. Wrapping them in tissue paper or putting them directly in your pocket or placing them on a table will get them either damaged or lost or dirty.
If your aligners get lost or damaged, it’s okay. We can send you another one to your address after you contact us. In the meantime, we advise you to wear the previous set of Aligners to maintain the position of your teeth and prevent them from shifting.
It is important that you do not dispose of any aligners during treatment. You may need them at any point throughout your treatment, especially in the event that you lose or damage a current aligner and are waiting to receive a replacement. Plus, our dentists/orthodontists may suggest you return to a prior stage during treatment if, at any point, they are unhappy with your progress.
Even without any treatment, teeth can naturally shift over time. So you need to know that, if no precautions are taken, the final position of your teeth at the end of treatment won’t be the FINAL one. After treatment, movement relapse can be faster than natural shift and, definitely, much less desirable. For that, the final position has to be supported with the use of Grin Retainer every night. If the teeth would have slightly shifted throughout the day, Grin Retainer will make sure to put everything back in order during the night!
Though they look pretty much the same, Grin Retainer is a little thicker than the Aligners. This makes them more resistant to tear and wear. In general, it is recommended to replace retainers every 6 months.
After finishing the last step of your treatment process, please contact us to order your Retainer, which is going to maintain your smile and the position of your teeth. Moreover, we will need a few photos of your new smile with and without the retainer, as this will enable us to review the treatment process and the final positioning of your teeth. After that, we can sign off your treatment and deliver the retainer to your address.