Straight teeth have health benefits and aesthetic appeal, but you might hesitate to get braces because of how they change your appearance. At Reese Orthodontics in New Hope and Chanhassen, Minnesota, orthodontist Karen Reese, DDS, MS, offers several types of clear aligners to help you straighten your teeth without traditional wires and brackets. Learn more about clear aligners by calling Reese Orthodontics for an appointment or using the online booking tool today.
Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional braces. While they’re not appropriate for every case of misalignment, they can guide mildly or moderately misaligned teeth to a new, straighter position with gradual increases in pressure.
Your clear aligners are designed to fit perfectly over your teeth. Dr. Reese designs your treatment plan using 3D images of your teeth on a computer. Your aligners are created using the 3D images. If you wear them in the correct order, you’ll only feel slight pressure changes as your teeth move.
Dr. Reese instructs you to wear your clear aligners for at least 20 hours per day. You may take them out to eat, attend social events, and brush your teeth, but you must wear them for the majority of the time to stay on track with your treatment plan. You must progress to the next aligner in your system every two weeks, and the treatment takes between six months and two years in total.
At Reese Orthodontics, Dr. Reese offers three different systems of clear aligners. She selects the one that fits best with your needs and gives you specific instructions for its use. Choices for clear aligners include:
Spark clear aligners are crystal clear. It’s nearly impossible for others to tell that you’re wearing them.
Invisalign is the biggest name in the clear aligners market. Their patented SmartTrack® material is extremely comfortable and easy to slip into place and remove.
Invisalign Teen works exactly the same as Invisalign, but with an added feature. The aligners include a tiny dot that changes color the more you wear the aligners. This helps Dr. Reese ensure that you’re staying on track with your treatment plan.
Whether you’ve had braces in the past and need a minor adjustment or are exploring orthodontics for the first time, clear aligners are a great way to adjust your smile. For many patients, clear aligners are advantageous over braces because they:
Dr. Reese evaluates your bite before you start treatment to make sure that clear aligners are your best choice.
To learn more about how clear aligners work and find out if you’re a candidate for them, call Reese Orthodontics or request an appointment online today.