With clear aligner therapy, you can get the beautifully straight smile of your dreams without the clunky, uncomfortable metal brackets of traditional braces. Clear aligner therapy utilizes a series of custom-made dental appliances that gradually straighten your smile by applying gentle, consistent pressure to the teeth. The biggest draw of clear aligner therapy is the discreet look, as the aligners are made of clear thermoplastic material that is nearly invisible when worn. If you’re struggling with crowded teeth or gaps, clear aligner therapy may be right for you.
Clear aligners are removable which means there are no limitations to the foods you can eat during treatment.
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Invisalign, the original clear aligner therapy, utilizes a patented material called SmartTrack. Invisalign can treat mild to severe misalignment cases while maintaining a subtle look and feel throughout the process.
An aesthetically pleasing alternative to braces, teens and adults can benefit from SureSmile’s nearly invisible look and durable quality. Custom-crafted with industry-leading dental plastics, SureSmile aligners offer variable trimlines for optimal comfort and movement.
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During your initial consultation, your dentist will determine if clear aligner therapy is right for you. First, we’ll examine your oral health to check for gaps and crowding, and ensure your gums are healthy enough for treatment. Your smile goals will be discussed with the doctor and together, you will decide on a treatment plan that fits your needs and lifestyle.
Your dentist will then create a model of your bite with digital imaging technology or traditional molds. Once those are complete, your dentist will make any necessary adjustments before sending them off to our trusted dental lab where they will custom craft your first few sets of aligners.
Once we receive your aligners, you'll return to our office, where your Chicago dentist dentist will provide detailed instructions about how to wear and care for your aligners. Most patients will wear each set for 1-2 weeks and for 22+ hours per day. Every 6 weeks or so, you'll return to our office to pick up your next few sets and to ensure your smile is making the proper progress.
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The cost of clear aligners can vary from patient to patient. A variety of factors, like amount of tooth movement, patient compliance, and insurance coverage can affect the cost of your treatment. To find out how much you’ll pay for clear aligner therapy, schedule a consultation with your dentist.
While traditional braces rely on metal or ceramic brackets that are secured to each individual tooth and connected by metal wires, clear aligners gently and discreetly shift your teeth with barely noticeable plastic trays. Patients also find clear aligners to be more comfortable than traditional braces, because there is no sharp metal to cause irritation or discomfort. Plus, clear aligners are easily removable so you can quickly take them out for meals, photos, and other functions, and place them back in at any time. However, clear aligners aren’t right for everyone. If you’re struggling with more complex issues like a malpositioned jaw or severely misaligned bite, braces are a more versatile and powerful type of orthodontic treatment.
While the length of treatment can vary based on each patient's individual needs, clear aligners can provide orthodontic tooth movement in a similar timeframe as traditional braces.
Yes! All aligners are made of BPA-free, medical-grade clear plastic for your comfort and continued health and well being.
Clear aligners utilize a series of custom-crafted aligners that gradually straighten your teeth over time. Each aligner tray is worn for about two weeks, and will gently shift your teeth closer to their ideal placement. Depending on the severity of the misalignment, treatment can take anywhere from several months up to two years, though most patients wear their clear aligners for about a year.