What are

Clear Aligners

The Aligners system is the virtually invisible way to straighten your teeth and achieve the smile you’ve always wanted. Using advanced 3D computer imaging technology, Aligners depicts your complete treatment plan, from the initial position of your teeth to the final desired position. Then, a series of clear aligners are custom-made for your teeth — and your teeth only — to move them little by little.

Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before being replaced by the next in the series until the final position of your teeth is achieved. Your Aligners treatment time will be determined by your doctor based on your specific needs.

  • Aligners are clear; no one should even notice that you’re wearing braces, making Aligners a seamless fit with your lifestyle and day-to-day interactions with others.
  • Aligners are removable. Unlike braces, you have the flexibility to eat and drink what you want during treatment simply by removing the aligners when you eat. You can also remove the aligners to brush and floss as you normally would. Unlike traditional metal braces, Aligners do not use metal brackets or wires that could cause irritation to your mouth.
  • In addition, you’ll spend less time in the doctor’s chair and scheduling appointments, and more time out doing the things you love. Lastly, Aligners allows you to view your virtual results and treatment plan before you start your treatment, so that you can preview how your straight teeth will look once your treatment is complete.

As with braces, it is common to have some temporary discomfort at the beginning of each new set of Aligners. Typically, it is described as pressure or soreness, and a sign that the Aligners trays are working and moving your teeth.

The length of treatment depends on the severity of your case and will be determined as we begin treatment planning your case. The average case is roughly about 10-12 months.

In order for the aligners to be effective, they must be worn a minimum of 20-22 hours each day.

Similar to other orthodontic appliances, the Aligners may temporarily affect some people’s speech. However, as your tongue and lips adjust to wearing aligners, any type of lisp should disappear.

No. Thanks to the removable nature of the aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want while in treatment.

We will see you regularly every 4 to 6 weeks depending upon your treatment planning. During these visits, we will ensure that your teeth are ‘tracking’ according to your treatment plan.

Brushing your aligners with toothpaste and water each time you brush your teeth will ensure your aligners stay clean.

As with braces, a retainer at the end of treatment will ensure your teeth stay in their final position and avoid any type of relapse. Initially, your retainer will be worn for 4-6 months full time. Later, nighttime wear will maintain the alignment.