AT STEVENSON FAMILY Dentistry, we offer clear aligners as an orthodontic treatment option for our patients. The time when getting braces meant spending years with a mouth full of metal that hooked to bulky headgear is long past. These days, traditional metal wire braces are more streamlined and discreet, but the option that has become increasingly popular for orthodontic treatment in Jacksonville is clear aligners. How can you know if this option is right for you? Here are a few questions you can ask to find out.
1. What Orthodontic Problems Do Clear Aligners Correct?
The clear aligner system is great for correcting issues with dental crowding, and it does so while being virtually invisible. However, because they are removable and not anchored to any of your teeth, they aren’t as effective for more severe orthodontic issues, including moving an impacted tooth into place. For those, you’ll still need traditional braces.
2. How Long Will Treatment Take?
Treatment time with clear aligners tends to be about the same as with traditional braces. How long it takes depends much more on what kind of issue is being corrected than what type of orthodontic treatment you’re using. Some problems simply take more time to correct, but no matter what, it’s worth it in the end, and your teeth are in good hands at Stevenson Family Dentistry.
3. Do Clear Aligners Work For Adults?
These aligners are a great option for adults seeking to straighten their smiles. Traditional wire braces aren’t a very appealing prospect for many adults, because culturally we tend to associate them with teenagers.
However, clear aligners are barely noticeable. Adults and teenagers alike don’t have to worry about being a “brace-face.” They also don’t have the same teenage connotation, so adults can wear them without any worries that people might think they look less mature. Your orthodontic treatment can proceed without anyone at work or in your social circle being any the wiser.
4. What Should I Expect With My Treatment?
This treatment works in stages. You’ll receive a series of custom-designed aligners that you will move through in two-week intervals, and each set will move your teeth closer towards the final goal. Similar to how traditional braces patients come in on a regular basis to have their progress assessed and their braces adjusted, clear aligners patients will receive their next set of aligner trays each time until they’re done. For either type of treatment, it’s important not to miss those appointments!
5. What Are the Advantages of Clear Aligners Over Braces?
Clear aligners offer a discreet and comfortable alternative to traditional braces. Their nearly invisible appearance allows you to maintain your natural smile, while their smooth plastic material ensures a comfortable fit. The ability to remove them for eating and oral care simplifies your routine, making clear aligners a convenient choice for effective orthodontic treatment. There is no banned foods list and flossing is as easy as ever if you choose clear aligners. You also don’t have to wait for cosmetic treatments like teeth whitening.
Still Have Questions About Clear Aligners in Jacksonville? Just Ask Us!
Anyone who is seriously considering getting orthodontic treatment and prefers not to get traditional braces surely has more than these four questions to ask, but that’s what we’re here for! Simply schedule an initial consultation appointment with us and together we’ll be able to find out if clear aligners are the right option for your treatment plan! You can learn more about us by checking our business page, and make sure to get directions before heading to our Jacksonville practice.