Clear aligners are changing the way people live.
Clear aligners are a removable orthodontic treatment option that helps millions of patients achieve straighter smiles worldwide without the inconvenience of metal wires and brackets. When you visit Legacy Dental for an orthodontic consultation, we will take a look at your bite, examine your unique orthodontic needs, and provide you with an individualized treatment plan.
Why Choose Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are an alternative treatment option to traditional metal braces and are an attractive option for teens and adults for many reasons. Unfortunately, sometimes people who would immensely benefit from braces don’t get them because of the way they look. And we get it – braces aren’t the most convenient in some cases. Adults don’t want to look like a teen when they’re headed to the office or out on a business lunch. And teens often don’t want to be seen with a mouth full of metal that catches food or makes them speak funny.
We don’t want our adult patients to look unprofessional or have their careers affected by missing out on opportunities because of their treatment. We don’t want our teen patients to worry about their image, or develop self-esteem issues. Luckily, clear aligners are an aesthetic orthodontic system that can provide straighter teeth for both teens and adults.
How Do Clear Aligners Work?
Clear Aligners use plastic aligners that are custom fabricated using advanced technology to precisely move your teeth. Each set of aligners is designed slightly different from the next. This reflects the transition your teeth make throughout the process. Along with the rigid trays, “buttons” are attached to the front of some teeth to gradually and gently move them into their proper position. These bonded “buttons” are tooth-colored; though you’ll be able to feel them with your tongue, most people won’t notice them when talking to you. Once you’ve completed treatment, we will remove the “buttons” leaving your teeth as good as new.
What Happens Post-Treatment?
As with any orthodontic treatment, once finished, you’ll need a maintenance regimen. This step prevents your teeth from shifting back. The orthodontic process is a big commitment, so you’ll want to protect your investments by wearing a retainer.
These clear plastic trays look much like the clear aligners do. Retainers are comfortable and removable, yet extremely durable – providing reliable results.
Are Clear Aligners Right For You?
In general, clear aligners can be used to treat the same orthodontic issues that are normally managed with braces, as long as the case isn’t extremely complex. Our Burleson dental experts may recommend clear aligners to correct teeth that are slightly crowded, crooked, or gapped. Certain problems with the bite, such as an overbite, open bite, underbite, or crossbite, can also be addressed on a case-by-case basis.
During your initial consultation, we will determine whether you’re a candidate for clear aligners. This treatment is often a great choice for adult patients and others who are interested in a virtually invisible orthodontic treatment. In addition to being discreet, these aligners are also very comfortable because they are made from smooth, thin plastic without any fixed metal appliances.