Imperfect Smile? Clear Aligners by The Smile Home May Be the Perfect Solution
Do you hide your smile because of crooked teeth or large gaps between your teeth? Imperfect teeth can have a dramatic effect on your self-esteem and confidence. As an adult, the idea of having traditional metal braces is less than appealing. At The Smile Home in Winter Garden, Florida, we completely understand and that’s why we recommend clear aligners to help straighten your teeth. They’re effective, barely noticeable, and proven to improve your smile which will, in turn, increase your confidence.
What Are Clear Dental Aligners?
As the name implies, clear aligners are see-through alternatives to traditional braces. Rather than metal wires and brackets, clear aligners are crafted out of strong plastic. They work similarly, however, using force to gradually move teeth to their proper location. Clear teeth aligners are fabricated to fit the patient’s mouth, and a series of aligners are required as the teeth are moved incrementally to their final resting place.
Are Clear Braces the Same as Clear Aligners?
No, they are completely different. Clear braces are the same thing as traditional metal braces that are cemented to your teeth. They’re made of transparent materials that help make them less noticeable. Clear aligners are clear plastic trays that fit over your teeth and contain no metal parts.
How Long Does it Take for Clear Aligners to Work?
The amount of time teeth aligners take to accomplish the desired results can vary widely. However, they should be worn at least 20 hours a day to produce results. You can expect to go through a series of clear dental aligners as your teeth are gradually moved. Typically, patients use somewhere between 10 and 50 aligners, changing them every three weeks or so. But, each case is unique and a full examination is required before an expected time-frame can be determined.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Clear Dental Aligners?
Clear aligners are one of the most versatile dental appliances available. They’re highly recommended for patients with dental issues such as:
- Crooked Teeth
- Crowded Teeth
- Gapped or Spaced Teeth
If you have other dental issues such as gum disease, infections, or decay, you may need additional dental services before you can be fitted for clear aligners.
What Are the Advantages of Clear Aligners?
Traditional orthodontic treatments to straighten teeth have always had drawbacks. They’re difficult to clean, they’re uncomfortable and irritating, and they can’t be removed until the treatment is over. Clear teeth aligners, on the other hand, offer several benefits that make them a preferred choice:
- Clear aligners are less noticeable than metal braces.
- They are easily removed, making it easy to brush and floss properly.
- Much easier to keep clean since they don’t grab food particles.
- No metal parts that can irritate your gums and cheeks
- Help prevent tooth wear due to night-time tooth grinding.
How Expensive Are Clear Teeth Aligners?
We can’t possibly give you an accurate cost for clear aligners without first performing a thorough oral examination. From there, we can determine the best course of action, including whether clear aligners are appropriate for your case. The more complicated your situation is, however, the longer the treatment will last, which naturally carries a higher price tag.
Schedule an Appointment Today
If your teeth aren’t as straight as you want them to be, contact us at the Smile Home or schedule an appointment with Dr. Ricardo Carrillo by calling 407-863-0476. We love making Winter Garden, Florida residents smile brighter, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you have. Our highly trained team of professionals are as compassionate as they are talented and you can rest assured you’ll always receive the highest quality care.