Clear Aligners

Clear aligners are an orthodontic appliance system used to inconspicuously treat crooked and crowded teeth in adults and teens. This modern approach to straightening teeth features a system of clear aligner trays that are worn at all times, except during meals and when brushing or flossing. The trays are custom fitted to the teeth, making them nearly invisible when laughing, talking, and eating around others. Patients receive a series of trays, each slightly different from the one before, providing a gentle force to move the teeth into alignment over time. With clear aligners, adults and teens can achieve the smiles they’ve always wanted without feeling self-conscious about their treatment.

In general dentistry, advancements in orthodontic solutions have paved the way for more discreet teeth-straightening methods. Clear aligners, tailored to the patient’s teeth, offer a seamless alternative to traditional braces. At Sisko Dentistry in Tallmadge, our dedicated team understands the importance of an appealing smile combined with functionality.

Did you know…

wearing clear aligners is not as restrictive as traditional braces? Many adults choose this system not only for its discretion but also because there’s no need to alter their diet to avoid foods that could harm braces. Clear aligners are free of braces and brackets, instead using a removable tray that can be taken out before meals. Additionally, clear aligners fit well into busy adult schedules, as there’s no need for frequent visits for wire tightening. Most patients simply switch to a new aligner tray every couple of weeks.

Signs You Might Benefit from Clear Aligners

  • Crowded teeth that overlap or bunch together
  • Noticeable gaps between teeth
  • Misaligned bite, including overbite, underbite, or crossbite
  • Teeth that don’t sit comfortably or look uneven
  • Previous orthodontic work that needs refinement

Why Choose Clear Aligners?

  • Aesthetically Discreet: Clear aligners aligners are nearly invisible, allowing patients to undergo treatment without the noticeable metal brackets and wires of traditional braces.
  • Comfort and Convenience: Made from smooth plastic, clear aligner trays are comfortable and can be easily removed during meals or while brushing and flossing.
  • Customized Treatment: Each clear aligner tray is custom-designed to move your teeth gradually, ensuring effective and efficient results tailored to your specific needs.

The Clear Aligner Journey

  • Initial Consultation: The doctor will assess your teeth and determine if clear aligners are the right fit for you.
  • Customized Plan: Using 3D imaging technology, a detailed plan will be crafted, showing the expected movement of your teeth at each stage.
  • Receiving Your Aligners: Once your custom trays are ready, you’ll be instructed on how often to wear them, typically 20-22 hours a day, switching to a new set every 1-2 weeks.
  • Regular Check-ups: Periodic appointments will be scheduled to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments.

Clear Aligners And How It Changes Patients Lives

Patients living with teeth that are crooked, misaligned, or crowded teeth often find it hard to smile confidently. However, the impact of these orthodontic concerns goes beyond simple aesthetics. These concerns can lead to the teeth experiencing uneven wear and tear and be the root cause of pain in the temporomandibular joint. Perhaps more pressingly, it can also render these individuals more susceptible to developing tooth decay. This is the result of the uneven nature of their smile, providing additional spaces for food debris and bacteria to hide. Effective dental hygiene becomes challenging due to toothbrush bristles having difficulty reaching these spaces and clearing them out effectively.

We use clear aligners to treat a range of conditions, including the following:

  • Over and Underbite – This condition occurs when your upper or lower teeth extend over the other arch. This condition can cause joint pain, difficulty eating, and problems with speaking clearly.
  • Crossbite – This term describes cases where the upper and lower teeth are out of alignment laterally, being out of alignment on a left/right access rather than a front/back axis. It contributes to bone loss, gum recession, and uneven wear of the teeth.
  • Gapped Teeth – Gaps between your teeth can directly impact your bite and increase your likelihood of developing gum disease.
  • Misaligned Teeth –When your tooth don’t grow straight, it can create a rough, angled appearance to your smile. Teeth can overlap each other, and in some cases, an entire tooth can be shoved in front of or behind its correct position.

Clear aligners offer an effective treatment method that is discreet, comfortable, and often faster than traditional approaches. To start treatment, we take high-precision digital impressions of your smile, which are used to create a series of plastic trays. Each tray makes adjustments, gradually moving your teeth towards a beautiful, healthy smile. You can remove them for eating, hygiene, or other purposes for up to 2 hours each day, giving you flexibility and comfort throughout treatment.

Preserving Your Smile

Consistent wear of your aligners is crucial for effective results. Following the recommended daily usage ensures you stay on track, bringing you closer to your desired outcome within the expected timeframe. It’s also essential to maintain diligent oral hygiene, including cleaning your aligners and following a brushing and flossing routine.

Moreover, a few lifestyle adjustments can enhance the experience. For instance, being mindful of consumption habits, like limiting the intake of staining beverages such as coffee or red wine, will help retain the transparency of the aligners.

Post-Clear Aligner Outlook

Upon the completion of clear aligner treatment, many patients are guided towards the use of a retainer. This ensures that the teeth steadfastly hold their newly acquired position, minimizing the risk of a relapse. With vigilant care and maintenance, the impressive results obtained from Invisalign can be enduring, granting patients the privilege of a radiant smile for years to come.

Moreover, the benefits of this orthodontic solution extend beyond mere aesthetics. Achieving straighter teeth with clear aligners frequently translates to enhanced overall oral health, diminishing potential issues tied to crowded or misaligned teeth. This, combined with the visible transformation, often fortifies an individual’s self-esteem, amplifying their confidence and comfort in showcasing their rejuvenated smile.

Frequently Asked Questions

Am I a candidate for clear aligners?

If you have crooked or crowded teeth affecting your confidence or oral health, clear aligners could be the solution. Visit your dentist for a consultation to determine if clear aligners are right for you.

What should I expect during my clear aligner treatment?

You’ll wear your aligners most of the time, removing them only for meals and brushing/flossing. Treatment duration varies, but most patients achieve their ideal smiles within 1-2 years with occasional dental visits.

Will I need any post-treatment care?

After treatment, you’ll no longer need clear aligner trays but will likely wear a retainer daily to maintain your new smile. Regular dental check-ups and cleanings are important for ongoing oral health.

What’s the main difference between clear aligners and traditional braces?

Clear aligners use removable, clear trays customized to the patient’s teeth, while traditional braces use fixed metal brackets and wires.

How long does clear aligner treatment take?

Treatment duration varies, but most patients complete treatment in 12-18 months with regular follow-ups.

Can I eat and drink with my clear aligners on?

It’s best to remove clear aligners when eating or drinking (except water) to avoid staining and maintain their clear appearance.

Begin Your Clear Aligner Journey with Sisko Dentistry

If it’s finally time for you to obtain the beautiful, healthy smile you’ve always dreamed of, call Sisko Dentistry today at (330) 633-9510. We’ll schedule an appointment with Dr. Gerald Sisko or another member of our team. During your visit, we’ll complete a full dental exam and discuss how clear aligners can effectively treat your case.

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