If you want to straighten your teeth without the hassle of traditional braces, clear aligners could be the perfect solution. When you’re self-conscious of your smile because of alignment issues, such as overcrowded or excess spacing, clear aligners can rectify the issue with minimal intervention.
Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners don’t involve metal, wires, or brackets. Instead, they’re made from FDA-approved, medical-grade plastic. While many people feel anxious about wearing traditional braces, clear aligners are practically invisible, so you’ll have no qualms about wearing them at work, school, or when you’re socializing. Customized to fit your mouth, your aligners will gently move your teeth until they’re perfectly aligned.
When Do You Need Clear Aligners?
Almost anyone who wants to enhance their smile is a candidate for clear aligners. While major alignment issues may be best treated with traditional orthodontics, clear aligners are ideal for mild to moderate alignment problems, including overcrowding, spacing, crossbites, and overbites.
If you’ve never had braces before but you want to straighten your teeth now, you can do so with clear aligners. Alternatively, if you’ve previously had braces but your teeth have moved as you’ve gotten older, follow up treatment with clear aligners can restore your smile.
As well as enhancing your appearance, clear aligners can also improve your oral health. When your teeth are overcrowded, for example, it can lead to increased cavities. Additionally, an improper bite can cause jaw pain and discomfort. By using clear aligners, you can fully resolve these issues and ensure your teeth are easier to care for in the future.
What Does the Process Involve?
Before you begin treatment, Dr. Bell will talk to you about what you want to achieve with clear aligners. Typically, x-rays and images will be taken, so that your treatment can be planned in advance. Following this, molds of your teeth will be taken, so that your aligners can be fully customized. Once your clear aligners have been fabricated, your dentist will tell you how often to wear them. Most patients wear clear aligners for around 20-22 hours a day, although this will vary depending on your treatment.
As your teeth begin to move into a better alignment, you’ll need to switch to a different set of aligners. This ensures that the treatment is completed as swiftly as possible. In most cases, patients are able to use a new set of clear aligners every two weeks.
Your total treatment time will depend on your alignment issues. If you have a more severe overbite, for example, it may take longer to resolve than minor overcrowding. However, clear aligners can often resolve alignment issues in as little as six months to a year.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If you want to find out more about treatment with clear aligners in Tulare, California, schedule an appointment at Brian Bell DDS today. Simply contact us at (559) 366-9006 and we’ll be happy to provide the advice and assistance you need.