Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are a method of straightening the teeth that involves wearing a set of clear plastic aligners for a certain period of time.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners invisibly straighten your teeth over time using medical-grade plastic. These trays can be removed for eating and cleaning and make the orthodontic process more comfortable for patients because there are no wires, brackets, or elastics to worry about. Imagine being able to enjoy an apple without slicing it into small pieces or enjoying popcorn without it getting stuck in your brackets.

Using continuous pressure over a series of trays, you can see results faster and with less discomfort than traditional braces. Plus, no brackets and wires mean no sore spots on your cheeks, lips, and tongue. After an initial visit and consultation with photos, x-rays, and 3D digital scans of your teeth, our doctors can determine if clear aligners will work for you.

After all the preliminary work is complete, you will receive a series of trays with specific instructions for wear – usually two to three weeks per tray.

Because they can be removed, clear aligners require a strong commitment to consistent wear and are best suited for older, responsible teens and adults. Diligence wearing your clear aligners for the specified time will help ensure the results you want within a reasonable timeframe.

patient placing in clear aligner
  • How long is the treatment period for clear aligners?

    Treatment times using clear aligners can vary based on the severity of the dental issue being corrected and your dentist’s advice. Usually, treatment falls into three categories:

    • A six-month timeframe if minimal treatment is required, i.e., correctly minor alignment issues.
    • A 12-month treatment if the treatment is a little more extensive and will require more time to correct.
    • An unlimited timeframe where the patient is provided as many aligners and needed to fully correct the issue.
  • Clear aligners vs. braces—what's the difference?

    There are many differences between clear aligners and braces, we’ve listed some of the largest ones here. Ultimately, the decision is up to you, but the introduction of clear aligners to the market introduced a more efficient, less painful way to straighten teeth.

    • Materials. Clear aligners use clear transparent plastic, while braces use wires and brackets.
    • Removability. Clear aligners can be removed by the user at any time, while braces can only be removed by a professional.
    • Food Restrictions. Clear aligners allow a user to eat whatever they would like and not make changes to their oral care practices, while braces restrict what the user can safely eat and require special maintenance and care.
    • Injury Risks. Clear aligners do not present any injury risks, while braces can lead to cuts and other injuries.
    • Visibility. Clear aligners are nearly impossible for others to notice, while braces are almost impossible to miss.
  • What are the advantages of clear aligners?

    Most people are excellent candidates for clear aligners. However, clear aligners may not be a suitable choice for extensive orthodontic cases involving significant movement. Some may also choose fixed braces because there are no trays to lose.

    Clear aligners are a great option for:

    • Invisibly straightening your teeth
    • Allow you to eat foods that are “off-limits” with traditional braces
    • Making cleaning and brushing your teeth easy

Interested in Clear Aligners?

If you have any questions about clear aligners or for an appointment—contact us today.