Clear Aligners at Sophisticated Smiles
Are you unhappy with the appearance of your misaligned or crooked teeth? Do you want to straighten your teeth without the inconvenience of bulky metal braces? The clear aligner system may be the perfect solution for you! Sophisticated Smiles offers custom-made, clear aligners that are almost invisible and can gently shift your teeth into the desired position.
Are Clear Aligners Better Than Traditional Braces?
Both clear aligners and traditional metal braces have their pros and cons. Clear aligners are almost entirely invisible and can be removed for eating and oral hygiene. At the same time, metal braces are more visible but can treat more severe dental issues.
Clear aligners are an excellent option for mild to moderate dental issues and for patients who prefer a more discreet orthodontic treatment. However, traditional metal braces may be a better choice for more complex cases or patients who may have difficulty following the wear instructions for clear aligners.
Additionally, clear aligners are removable, making it easy to brush and floss your teeth as usual. And since no foods are banned, you can enjoy all your favorite foods during treatment.
During your initial consultation at Sophisticated Smiles, our dental professionals will evaluate your dental concerns, lifestyle, and preferences to determine whether clear aligners or traditional braces are the best options for you.
How Do Clear Aligners Work?
The clear aligner system is designed to straighten your teeth gradually. They are custom-made to fit your teeth perfectly and must be worn for at least 22 hours daily. Each set of aligners will move your teeth a little bit at a time until they are in the desired position. You will switch to a new set of aligners every few weeks until your treatment is complete.
What Dental Issues Can Clear Aligners Correct?
Clear aligners can correct the same mild to moderate dental issues as traditional metal braces, including:
- Overcrowding: When there is not enough space in your mouth for your teeth, they can overlap, making it difficult to clean them properly. Overcrowding can lead to dental problems like tooth decay and gum disease.
- Gapped Teeth: Large spaces between your teeth can be caused by missing teeth or abnormal jaw growth.
- Overbite: When upper teeth project further out than lower teeth, it can lead to jaw pain and TMJ disorder.
- Underbite: When your lower teeth project further out than your upper teeth, it can cause jaw pain and TMJ disorder.
- Crossbite: When your upper teeth bite down on the inside of your lower teeth, it can lead to uneven wear on your teeth and erosion of your jawbone.
What Can You Expect from the Orthodontic Treatment Plan?
Before creating clear aligners, our dentists will develop a customized treatment plan for you. This will include a 3D scan of your jaw, allowing us to view your teeth from every angle and predict how your facial aesthetics will change once your treatment is complete.
Once your treatment plan is complete, we will create a series of custom-made aligners to fit your teeth perfectly. The total number of aligners you will need and treatment time varies depending on the severity of your dental issues.
What Should You Consider When Wearing Clear Aligners?
Following your dentist’s instructions is essential to achieve the best results from your clear aligner treatment. You must wear your aligners daily, only removing them when you eat or drink.
You may experience some discomfort during the first few days of each new set of aligners, but this is normal and indicates that your teeth are shifting into the correct position. You may also experience a slight lisp when you first start wearing your aligners, but this should disappear within a few days.
How Often Do I Need to Visit the Dentist During Treatment?
At Sophisticated Smiles, we typically schedule follow-up appointments every 6 to 8 weeks during your clear aligner treatment. During these appointments, we’ll assess your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your treatment plan. Attending these appointments is critical to ensure your treatment stays on track and you achieve the best possible results.
Choose Sophisticated Smiles for Clear Aligner Treatment
At Sophisticated Smiles , we understand the importance of a confident, beautiful smile. That’s why we offer clear aligners as a safe, effective, and aesthetic alternative to traditional braces.
Our experienced dentists in Flemington will work with you to develop a personalized treatment plan to help you achieve your desired results. To learn more about clear aligners, Invisalign, cosmetic dentistry or to schedule a consultation, call us at (908)806-4333.