Orthodontics

How is Clear Aligner Therapy Different From Traditional Orthodontics?

Clear aligner trays are made of smooth plastic, so they lack the wires and brackets that cause irritation when wearing traditional braces. Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect minimize the risk of tooth decay and permanent staining since you remove the aligner trays to eat, brush, and floss. With clear aligner trays, you don’t have to worry about breaking wires or dislodging brackets when you have a treat. Simply brush your teeth to remove food particles before you replace your tray.

What Types of Dental Issues are Eligible for Clear Aligner Therapy?

As dental technology advances, the number of people eligible for clear aligner therapy increases. Mild overlapping, protrusion, or spacing issues are relatively easy to correct. Thanks to new technologies, Invisalign now offers trays that can be fitted with rubber bands to help correct bite issues and more serious cases of malocclusion, gaps, and overcrowding.

How do I Get Started?

Carmel Valley residents undergo a thorough dental exam which includes a discussion about eating habits, oral hygiene, and dental history. If you are a good candidate for Invisalign or ClearCorrect, a 3D representation of your teeth and mouth will be made. Dr. Schaffer develops a treatment plan that will show you the movement of your teeth from beginning to the final position.

A set of six to twelve clear aligner trays are made and switched out according to your individualized treatment plan. You must wear your trays at least 22 hours each day, only removing them to eat, brush, and floss. Regular appointments are scheduled with your San Diego dentist to ensure treatment is progressing properly.

What if Aligner Trays Are Not an Option for Me?

Six Month Smiles is an affordable cosmetic solution that may work for you as long you are not looking to correct your bite. Standard brackets and wires are tooth-colored, so they are less noticeable than traditional braces. Because it is a cosmetic braces system, most adults only require six months of treatment.

Whether you choose Invisalign, ClearCorrect, or Six Month Smiles, you will need to wear a retainer after treatment is complete to keep teeth from migrating to their original position. Schedule a consultation to discover your new smile with the help of the team at Schaffer Dental.