How Do Clear Aligners Correct Misalignment?

Jan 10th, 2018 | By | Category: Cosmetic Dentistry

In the past, correcting an uneven smile meant relying on metal braces. Fortunately, we can offer an alternative with the Invisalign system. Instead of using metal orthodontics, we employ a series of clear plastic aligners to correct misalignment.

Try Our Quiz on Clear Aligners

  1. True or False: They are custom-made.
  2. True or False: You can remove them before meals.
  3. True or False: Patients find them more comfortable then metal braces.

Answer Key

  1. True. We begin by taking detailed impressions, as well as photographs and x-rays, of the teeth. The materials gathered will be sent to an Invisalign lab, where experts will use them to create a series of custom-made aligners. We then give them to the patients, who will wear them for between 20 and 23 hours per day over the course of about a year (the exact time will depend on the extent and cause of the misalignment).
  2. True. You can take them out before meals, which means you won’t need to avoid hard or chewy foods as you would if you were wearing metal braces. You can also remove them for special occasions, or before brushing and flossing your teeth each day, which helps you clean your smile more thoroughly. However, be sure that you’re still wearing them as the dentist recommends in order to see optimal results.
  3. True. They don’t cause the gum and cheek irritation often reported with dentures. Due to their practically invisible appearance and cozy fit, people typically prefer Invisalign to metal braces.

Do You have Questions About Invisalign?

At Hilltop Family Dental, we can offer Invisalign clear aligners as part of our approach to cosmetic dentistry. Our office is proud to offer care that can transform how you look. In addition to cosmetic treatment, patients can look forward to expert general and restorative treatment. We are proud to help families from Richmond, CA, and surrounding areas, such as Berkeley, San Pablo, Pinole, Benicia, Vallejo, and more enjoy fantastic smile care. To learn more, or schedule a consultation, contact Hilltop Family Dental as soon as possible by calling us at (510) 758-7222.

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