Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners

Like many people, you probably want straight teeth but have some imperfections that you're not happy with. Braces are effective at correcting misalignments but can be uncomfortable and unsightly. A better option for you could be either the Invisalign or Clear Correct treatment, two systems of clear aligners that gradually change the position of your teeth. You can find out more about these treatments at Rockland County Dentist, Dr. Alan Pressman DMD in Spring Valley.

 

What Are Invisalign Clear Aligners?

 

Composed of polyurethane plastic, clear aligners help to straighten your teeth over time. Invisalign clear aligners are quite different from clear or metal braces. They are modern and allow for correcting teeth irregularities and improving your smile affordably and comfortably without being seen. 

 

Orthodontic treatment using clear aligners is quite effective and is far more appealing. Instead of dealing with uncomfortable metal brackets, Invisalign is removable and doesn't irritate your cheeks and gums.

 

Benefits of Invisalign or Clear Correct

 

By using clear aligners, you can enjoy a much more comfortable teeth-realigning treatment. A traditional braces treatment also has the potential to cause some damage to the soft tissues in the mouth. The wires and brackets of braces must be maintained carefully, but it can be challenging to clean. Clear aligners are removable, so it's easy to take them out to clean your teeth as well as the aligners themselves. The most obvious benefit is that, unlike metal braces, which look cumbersome and unattractive, clear aligners are nearly invisible so that you can wear them throughout your day without feeling self-conscious about your treatment. One of the many benefits of aligner therapy is the fixing of crowding teeth which actually causes gum disease. The aligners move the teeth into proper position so they are cleansable. Also Clear Correct and Invisalign can enhance your smile.

 

Ideal Candidates for Clear Aligners

 

The patient must meet the following criteria to get clear aligners or Invisalign:

  • Patients need to have good oral hygiene habits. They must brush and floss after every time they eat and before putting the aligners back.
  • Patients must have healthy gums and teeth. Patients cannot have active decay in their teeth. Furthermore, patients with untreated gum or periodontal disease are not ideal candidates for clear aligners.
  • They must be committed to the treatment. Clear aligners must be worn for 20 to 22 hours every day to get the best results. So, if you cannot follow the treatment procedures won't benefit from clear aligners. 
  • Smokers are not eligible for clear aligners because it interferes with them.

 

However, these eligibility criteria only give you an idea and are by no means final or definite. Every patient has unique requirements, and there are other factors that play a role in deciding whether you can use Invisalign. A fully trained and qualified clear aligner dentist, like Dr. Alan Pressman in Rockland County‚Äôs, Spring Valley, can make the final decision. 

 

How does Invisalign or Clear Correct work?

 

Like traditional braces, Invisalign and Clear Correct work by applying slight but constant pressure to the teeth on specific points to gradually shift them to their new position along the gumline. To begin the treatment, you will need a consultation with Dentist Dr. Alan Pressman DMD. He will assess your teeths' current health and positioning to create a treatment plan to move your teeth. You may be able to see a preview of this movement as well as the projected results. After taking measurements and possibly impressions of your teeth, the clear aligners can be created using the plan.

 

You will be required to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours a day for the treatment itself. Each aligner must be worn in a specific order and will be changed out approximately weekly. In addition, you will need to check in with your Dentist Dr. Alan Pressman DMD periodically to ensure that the teeth are moving as expected.

If you are ready for a straighter, more attractive smile, make an appointment at Rockland County Dentist Alan Pressman DMD in Spring Valley, NY to discuss using Invisalign or Clear Correct aligners  today.