Clear Aligners FAQs

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What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are plastic, custom aligners that straighten your teeth without traditional metal braces.

At the beginning of your treatment, our team uses advanced 3D computer imaging technology to create a treatment plan based on your specific needs.

Based on this plan, a series of aligners will be made to precisely fit your teeth during each stage of the treatment process.

How do clear aligners work?

Clear aligners are designed to move your teeth by tiny increments during each stage of treatment. You wear each aligner for about two weeks, and then replace it with the next one in the series.

This process will continue until your teeth are in their corrected positions. Your orthodontist will determine the duration of your treatment based on your unique needs.

How long does treatment take?

Your orthodontist will determine the length of your treatment based on your individual case.

There are a number of factors that help determine the duration of your treatment including the misalignment of your teeth or jaw, the shape of your bite, and the amount of movement required to correct the problem.

What are clear aligners made of?

Clear aligners are BPA free and made with USP Class VI medical-grade, high molecular weight, polyurethane resins. 

How often do I have to visit the orthodontist?

Clear aligners don't require adjustments or tightening like traditional braces. Instead, your orthodontist will schedule brief appointments with you every 4 to 6 weeks to review your progress, answer your questions, and make changes to your treatment plan if needed.

What are the primary features of clear aligners?

Clear aligners are:

  • Clear and discreet 
  • Smooth and comfortable
  • Removable for eating, brushing and flossing

How much do clear aligners cost?

The cost of your treatment depends on the severity of your case and the length of your treatment. The more complex your misalignment issues are, the more aligners you'll require and the more treatment will cost.

Ultimately, the cost of treatment is comparable to that of traditional metal braces.

How will clear aligners fit my lifestyle?

Clear aligners will likely fit comfortably into your day-to-day life.

Because of the low profile appearance of the aligners, many people won't even notice you're wearing them, so the impacts on your social life are minor. 

You can also take your aligners out whenever you need to eat, or brush and floss your teeth so that means no dietary restrictions, and brushing and flossing is just as easy as ever.

Are there any food or drink restrictions?

Clear aligners are removable, so you can simply take them out to eat. As a result, there are no dietary restrictions and you can continue to eat all the foods you love.

The aligners can stain, however, so make sure you take them out to drink things like wine, coffee, or dark soda beverages.

How many sets of aligners will I need?

The number of clear aligners you need will depend on the severity of your misalignment.

Only your orthodontist can give you an accurate estimate of how many aligners you need and how long treatment will take, based on a careful evaluation of your bite during an initial consultation. 

Can adults use clear aligners?

Yes! Anyone who has healthy teeth and gums is a potential candidate for clear aligners.

More adults are undergoing orthodontic treatment today, in large part because low-profile options are now available.

Can teenagers use clear aligners?

Yes! Teens can certainly be candidates for clear aligners. In fact, there is a line of aligners that were created to meet the unique needs of teenagers.

Clear aligners for teens have compliance indicators on them (small blue dots that fade away after the aligners have been worn for two full weeks) to help teens stay on track with their treatment. They also come with eruption tabs that provide space for second molars to prevent them from growing in crooked.

How often do I have to change my aligners?

Generally patients change to their next set of aligners about every two weeks. Your orthodontist will tell you exactly how often you should change your aligners.

How do I clean my aligners?

  • Each time you remove your aligners, rinse them with water to wash away dry saliva and plaque that can eventually cause decay and bad breath.
  • Soak your aligners using Steraligner solution for 3 minutes and your aligners will be clean and sanitized. 
  • When you remove your aligners, be sure to brush and floss your teeth before you put them back in. Failing to brush and floss properly can trap food debris and bacteria between your teeth and aligner, increasing your risk of dental issues.
  • Clean your aligners with a clear, anti-bacterial soft soap to keep them fresh and free from harmful bacteria. Be sure to brush them gently so they don't become scratched, and then rinse away the soap. 

Can I play sports with clear aligners?

Clear aligners are removable so you can play sports without worrying about causing them damage. Remember that aligners must be kept in for at least 20 hours a day, so be sure to plan your time carefully.

You'll also want to invest in a sports mouth guard to protect your teeth from any damage during sports.

Can I play my instrument with clear aligners?

Yes! You can remove your aligners to play your instrument, and then put them back in when you're done.

How do I store my aligners?

Clear aligners will come with a case where you can safely store them whenever you take them out.


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