Clear Aligner Treatment for a Beautiful Smile at Maple City Dentistry

Clear aligners offer a modern substitute for traditional braces, strategically engineered to steer teeth into their correct alignment. These detachable aligners, composed of durable, nearly imperceptible plastic, are meticulously customized to conform to each individual’s dental structure. Well-known instances of such aligners include SureSmile, Invisalign and ClearCorrect.

What Are Clear Aligners? 

Maple City Dentistry is excited to offer Invisalign clear aligners to our adult patients.  We can correct alignment and straighten teeth without brackets and wires, allowing for easier hygiene and wear, and sometimes quicker treatment.  Photos, xrays and intraoral scans are taken to evaluate if you are a good candidate for Invisalign treatment in our office.  All children and more involved adult cases are referred to our orthodontic specialists.

How Do Clear Aligners Work? 

To create clear aligners for your mouth, our dentists at Maple City Dentistry will make a 3-D scan or impression of your teeth, then several sets of aligners will be made according to your custom treatment plan. Your dentist will determine how many sets of invisible aligners you’ll require to address your dental issues.

Once your aligners are ready, tiny, tooth-colored attachments are temporarily bonded onto specific teeth to hold the aligners in place as they move the teeth. The attachments are barely visible when you smile, and most patients quickly get used to them.

Depending on the orthodontic treatment you require, your dentist may also recommend using small elastics to help move the teeth into position. These elastics are held in place by tiny hooks, which are also temporarily bonded onto teeth in places where they don’t interfere with chewing and where they usually aren’t noticeable.

Once each aligner has accomplished its task of incremental tooth movement, you’ll replace it with the next aligner, usually every couple of weeks.

Treatment time with clear aligners is based on how much the teeth need to be moved. The more your bite is misaligned or the more crooked your teeth, the longer it will take. Typical treatment time is between 10 and 24 months — but if you’re an adult who had braces as a child and your teeth have only shifted slightly over the years, you may need aligners for as little as a few months.

Advantages of Clear Aligners vs. Traditional Braces at Our La Porte Office

With traditional braces, patients live with a mouthful of metal 24 hours a day, often for years. They need to see an orthodontist regularly to adjust the braces as teeth move. Brushing and flossing can also be a challenge with metal braces.

There are many reasons to love clear aligners. They are extremely inconspicuous, having almost no noticeable impact on your appearance. They can also be removed — so it’s easier to eat or drink, and you don’t have to deprive yourself of any foods that may be restricted by braces. And unlike braces, clear aligners can easily be taken out to maintain good oral hygiene.

Patients with clear aligners require fewer visits to Maple City Dentistry than those with braces. Depending on the length of treatment, patients may have to return simply to have new impressions or scans taken of their teeth to create additional sets of aligners once the initial phase of treatment is completed.

While it’s recommended that clear aligners be worn for up to 22 hours per day, most patients find them to be very comfortable, as they don’t have any sharp metal components.

And clear aligners are easily maintained with gentle brushing with a toothbrush and water.

Are You a Candidate? Find Out If Clear Aligners Are Right for You in La Porte, IN.

Clear aligners are typically used for patients with mild to moderate teeth crowding or minor alignment or spacing issues. Patients who have severe crowding or spacing problems, or severe underbites, overbites, or crossbites, may require more complex treatment.
Clear aligners are best for adults or teenagers. Straightening a child’s teeth is more complicated — children, and their mouths, are constantly developing, and younger kids may struggle with having attachments on teeth and remaining compliant with maintaining the condition of aligners.