Orthodontic treatment has been revolutionized with the development of clear aligner systems. Today’s patients enjoy the opportunity to straighten teeth and resolve bite problems with discreet, comfortable treatment options. Especially appealing to adult patients, clear aligners can reposition the teeth without the hassles of metal braces, often in less time. Visit your dentist in Greeley, CO at Thompson Advanced Dentistry for cosmetic dentistry today.
Dr. Thompson is a Greeley, CO Invisalign provider and also offers ClearCorrect for adult patients seeking short-term orthodontic treatment for a range of concerns. Clear aligners can treat mild to moderate bite problems and create a beautiful, more symmetrical smile that will boost your confidence in your appearance while improving dental health.
Invisalign: How Does It Work?
Invisalign clear aligners are specially designed using CAD/CAM software that will create a personalized treatment plan for your needs using your unique digital impressions. Dr. Thompson will use a handheld device to take your impressions in the comfort of our office. The high-resolution imagery is used to evaluate your bite as part of the planning process and to design your unique aligners.
The clear aligner system will gradually reposition the teeth with gentle forces that produce minimal to no discomfort for most patients. Some will experience a pressure sensation after a new pair of aligners is placed, but this is temporary and typically managed easily with over-the-counter pain medication.
The number of aligners, which will determine your overall treatment time, is dependent on the severity of your dental health concerns or your cosmetic goals. Dr. Thompson will provide an estimated treatment time after your initial consultation and periodic checkups throughout your treatment will ensure your progress is on track.
Clear Aligners: What are the benefits?
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, many adult patients resist treatment due to the embarrassment associated with wearing traditional metal braces and the added inconveniences of diet restrictions and discomfort. These are not concerns when being treated using clear aligners. Invisalign and ClearCorrect offer patients several key benefits to consider:
- Discreet orthodontic treatment: virtually invisible, clear aligners will straighten your smile without anyone knowing you are wearing clear aligners.
- Comfortable treatment: the clear aligners are made of a special type of plastic material that does not irritate the soft tissues and the gums, a common issue with metal wires and brackets.
- Faster treatment times: when compared to traditional options, clear aligners often achieve treatment goals in less time.
- NO dietary restrictions: enjoy your favorite foods when using Invisalign or ClearCorrect because the clear aligners can be removed for meals and snacks.
- Easy oral hygiene: removable aligners make it easy to brush thoroughly and floss daily to minimize your risk of tooth decay and other dental concerns.
Clear Aligners FAQs
Are clear aligners covered by insurance?
No. Even though clear aligners do the same thing traditional braces do, dental insurance providers consider them a cosmetic alternative to traditional braces. Most dental insurance plans do not cover ClearCorrect, Invisalign, or a similar clear aligner system.
Are clear aligners more effective than braces?
This depends on your situation. Clear aligners can be a lot more effective than traditional braces for those with mild to moderate orthodontics issues. They can drastically reduce the treatment time it takes to align your teeth. They can also more comfortably shift your teeth vs traditional braces.
How long does it take to straighten teeth with clear aligners?
Depending on your malocclusion issues, it can take from a couple of months to a year and a half. Clear aligners are best used for patients with mild to moderate issues. By following instructions, you can expect to complete treatment within one year. You will need to use a retainer for some time after treatment to prevent orthodontic relapse.
Does it hurt to get treatment with clear aligners?
Clear aligners shouldn’t cause you pain. But the clear aligners are slowly moving your teeth. When you switch to a new set of aligners, you may notice a bit of soreness or pressure until your teeth get used to the new set of aligners.
Are clear aligners bad for my teeth?
No, as long as you properly take care of your clear aligners, they’re fine for your teeth. Make sure you’re rinsing them each time they take you out. Don’t attempt to eat food when you’re wearing your clear aligners, as it could damage them.
Can clear aligners actually help me lose weight?
The possibility of weight loss is a surprise benefit that comes with clear aligners. While aligners are taken out to eat and brush your teeth, they do have to be worn around 20-22 hours each day. Just the knowledge of knowing you have to keep wearing them or clean them after eating can make you avoid mindless snacking that frequently occurs.
Schedule An Invisalign Consultation
Ready for a straighter, healthier smile? Schedule a visit with Dr. Thompson in our Greeley dental office to discuss your needs. Learn more about your Invisalign and ClearCorrect options from our dentist in Greeley, CO. Call our office at 970.205.9614 or request an appointment online. We welcome new patients and offer personalized dental care in Greeley for your specific needs and aesthetic goals.