How Are Toothfairy™ Aligners Made?

What are aligners?

The aligner is a device that helps align your teeth. It fits over the upper and lower teeth and gradually moves them into the correct position with gentle pressure. The aligner should be worn for 22 hours per day during treatment to help move teeth more quickly, or it can be used as needed to maintain the alignment of your teeth after treatment is complete. Learn how aligners are made in this blog post!

How do they work?

Toothfairy aligners are made for every case and can be customised to fit any tooth or teeth, with aligner manufacturers using a variety of methods to ensure the aligners match patients’ needs precisely. Treatment time varies from patient to patient depending on their individual dental characteristics, however it typically takes 3-6 months to fully align the teeth using aligners.

The process of making aligners:

These clear orthodontic aligners are manufactured using an advanced 3D printing process. Molds for the aligners are built in layers using a photo-sensitive liquid resin. The aligners are made from an elastic thermoplastic material that applies pressure to the teeth to move them into position. An automated process divides the desired movements into a series of “baby” steps, and each step is printed using a 3-D printer. Then, a piece of plastic is heated, pressure adapted, trimmed, and polished to custom make each aligner. These aligners are then bagged, packaged in boxes, and sent straight to patients’ homes. The aligner is fitted over the upper or lower teeth and worn full-time during treatment, or used at nighttime to maintain teeth position after treatment is complete.

What are the steps of Toothfairy treatment?

  1. A consultation and evaluation by a dentist to determine if aligners are a good option for your teeth straightening.
  2. Taking all the necessary scans to plan the full treatment, including x-rays, photographs, and bite impressions. This information is shared with the Toothfairy lab.
  3. A 3-D rendering of your teeth is created, along with a computer model of how each tooth will shift to its desired position. So patients are able to see the fully detailed before and after a plan of their teeth.
  4. The full set of invisible aligners are manufactured by an advanced 3D printing process, and the set is shipped to you to begin your teeth straightening journey!


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Last updated on February 5, 2024

Dr. Deepak Aulak

Dr. Deepak Aulak is a London-based dental practitioner with a special interest in cosmetic dentistry. Having graduated from King's College London in Dentistry, Dr. Aulak was decorated with over a dozen awards and scholarships along the way, which notably include the Jelf Medal, Malleson Prize for research and GKT Hospital's Full Shields.


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