An alternative to metal braces, clear aligners use a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth. Each aligner is slightly different, moving your teeth gradually into the desired position. Clear aligners move your teeth by applying pressure on specific teeth. Over time, they gradually shift your teeth into the desired position. One of the popular brands of clear aligners, Invisalign, is an excellent option for most orthodontic patients, including adults who would like straighter teeth but don't want to wear braces. Clear aligners can address dental issues like crossbite, underbite, overbite, gapped teeth, and crooked teeth.
At your initial consultation, our dentist will examine your smile and understand your orthodontic goals to determine your candidacy for Clear aligners. After determining that Clear aligners are right for you, our dentist will take digital impressions of your teeth. He can also give you a sneak peek of your new smile after the treatment with a digital mockup.
After getting the digital impressions of the patient's teeth, Clear aligners are fabricated in a dental laboratory with the help of 3D printing technology as per the treatment plan. Once the aligners are ready, patients can pick them up from the dental office. During the aligner pick-up appointment, the dentist will review the treatment plan that was created before the patient began treatment. The dentist will also give instructions about how and when to wear the aligners.
Clear aligners are comfortable, and they fit snugly over your teeth. Most patients find that they adjust quickly to wearing their clear aligners and can wear them for most of the day without anyone noticing. You will need to wear your clear aligners for about 22 hours per day, removing them only to drink water or eat. Each aligner will move the teeth about 0.25 mm and needs to be changed out every two weeks.
While wearing Invisalign clear aligners, you'll visit your dentist every four to six weeks. During these visits, your dentist will check and ensure that your treatment goes as planned. As long as you are diligent about wearing your Clear aligners for a minimum of 22 hours a day, your treatment progress will be on the right track. Besides, during these check-in appointments, you will receive your next set of Clear aligners from the dental office.
Once the treatment is completed, and the treatment goals are achieved, your dentist may suggest retainers to maintain your new smile. These retainers are meant to help maintain the new position of your teeth and are to be worn every night for a few years. If retainers are not worn, your straightened teeth may gradually move back to their earlier, crooked position.
Patients often experience little or no discomfort during clear aligner treatment. Because there are no metal brackets and wires, there's nothing poking and prodding the inside of your mouth. Instead, you'll wear clear plastic aligners that are smooth to the touch. Besides, since the aligners are custom-fit to your teeth, so they'll fit comfortably and without causing irritation.
Invisalign clear aligners offer convenience and flexibility compared to traditional braces. Wearing Clear aligners doesn't require you to change your lifestyle or food habits. Unlike traditional metal braces, you can remove your aligners before having your food or drinks and before brushing and flossing your teeth.
If you are not happy with having easily noticeable metal braces on your teeth, Clear aligners can be the best option to align your teeth. Clear aligners are clear and transparent; hence they are hardly noticeable. Most people won't even notice you are wearing them. So, you can talk or smile with confidence.
For some patients, Clear aligners are an appealing option because they offer the fastest possible treatment. Unlike traditional braces that can take anywhere from 2 to 3 years to straighten teeth, Clear aligner orthodontics offers patients a much shorter treatment time. On average, Clear aligners can take anywhere between six months to two years to align and straighten teeth, depending on individual cases.
Clear aligners are custom-made for each patient. They are BPA-free, latex-free, and phthalate-free. They are also FDA-approved, so patients should feel confident in their safety.
Clear aligners are comfortable because they are made of a soft plastic material. Unlike traditional braces, there are no sharp pieces of metal that can cause irritation.
Clear aligners are custom-fitted plastic trays worn over the teeth. The aligner trays gently move teeth into position over time, letting patients enjoy the discreet orthodontic treatment.
Clear aligners vary in cost based on a number of factors, like treatment length, whether you have insurance or not, and more. Typically, your out-of-pocket costs for clear aligners will range from $1,000 to $3,000. If you have insurance, they cover a portion of that fee.
Do you have a question? Or do you wish to schedule an appointment with us? Call Dawson Modern Dentistry at (704) 565-9512 or visit Dentist in Matthews, NC at 3555-2 Matthews-Mint Hill Rd, Matthews, NC 28105.
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