Who Can Get Clear Aligners?January 24, 2023 1:11 am
Clear aligners straighten your teeth using smooth, clear plastic trays and gentle pressure. You remove the trays to eat, drink anything other than water, and clean your teeth. On average, treatment lasts 6-18 months. Invisalign® is a popular brand of clear aligners, which we offer at Summit Family Orthodontics in Littleton, CO.
Here are three main signs that you may be a good candidate for clear aligners:
- Your Misalignment Is Mild to Moderate
- You Have Good Oral Health
- You Are Responsible & Committed
Clear aligners can resolve mild to moderate severity of several kinds of alignment issues, such as underbites, overbites, gaps, crossbites, and more. If your alignment issues are severe or complex, traditional braces will be the better choice. However, only your dentist can determine if you’re eligible for clear aligners or if you’d benefit from braces.
Only patients with good oral health should get clear aligners. That means we’ll need to treat any cavities and gum issues first. If you maintain a solid oral hygiene routine at home and visit the dentist every six months, you’re likely eligible for clear aligners!
Because you can remove them, clear aligners are more convenient than braces in many ways. However, they must be worn at least 20-22 hours a day and require special care. You should rinse them whenever you take them out and brush them with dish soap at least morning and night. Only use cool or lukewarm water to wash them; hot water will warp the plastic. Candidates who commit to taking good care of their aligners will enjoy better oral health during treatment and will prevent prolonging their treatment unnecessarily.
Clear Aligners in Littleton, CO
If you’ve always wanted a straighter smile, clear aligners could be the perfect solution! During your consultation, we’ll assess your oral health and alignment issues to determine if you’re a good candidate.
The cost of clear aligners varies based on your case and how long treatment lasts. We’ll provide a cost estimate and go over your payment options before beginning treatment. Please contact us today for more information or to schedule a consultation with our team!