Clear aligner therapy is an alternative to traditional braces. It’s suitable for most people with mild-to-moderate orthodontic issues. Clear aligners are custom-made trays that are virtually invisible when worn. Just like braces, they place pressure on your teeth, moving them into a healthier position over time. Contact Glen Lake Family Dentistry for a consultation with Dr. Alex Scott or Dr. Greg Olson today, and see if clear aligners are right for straightening your smile.
As the name suggests, clear aligner therapy uses aligners made of thin, clear, strong plastic. When worn, these aligners are virtually invisible. This makes clear aligner therapy a great option if you would prefer to avoid the appearance of traditional metal braces.
You can remove clear aligners to eat and drink, brush and floss, play sports, and more. This means there are fewer dietary and lifestyle restrictions, compared to wearing traditional metal braces.
Clear aligners tend to be more gentle than braces. They also are made out of smooth plastic. This means that, unlike braces, there are no metal components or sharp bits that could jab, poke, and irritate your oral tissue.
First, you’ll need to come to your Minnetonka dentist to find out if you’re a good candidate for clear aligner therapy. If Dr. Olson or Dr. Scott approves you for treatment, they will begin developing your treatment plan right away.
You’ll come back in a few weeks to get your first several sets of aligners. Each set of aligners is typically worn for two weeks, then you’ll switch to a new one. Dr. Scott or Dr. Olson will give you detailed instructions on how to wear and care for your aligners.
You’ll need to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day. Every 6-8 weeks, you’ll come back to our office for a quick checkup, and to get your next few sets of aligners. You’ll repeat this same basic process until your treatment is complete, which usually takes about a year.
As long as you don’t have severe orthodontic issues, clear aligner therapy may be right for you. However, if you have serious problems with your jaw and the alignment of your teeth, you may be better off with traditional metal braces. Braces are more powerful and versatile than clear aligner therapy, and are typically a better option for complex orthodontic cases.
At Glen Lake Family Dentistry, we use ClearCorrect clear aligners. ClearCorrect combines excellent performance and versatility with an affordable price, making it a great choice for any patient who wants to straighten their teeth. Get in touch with us to schedule an orthodontic consultation, and learn more about the benefits of clear aligner therapy with ClearCorrect.