If you believe that old-fashioned metal braces are the only way to get a perfect smile, think again: Clear, invisible aligners are the new, innovative alternative for correcting alignment, straightening teeth, and closing gaps — all without traditional wires and brackets. At Le Chabot Dental in San Leandro, California, Dr. Andy Le and Dr. Robert Lu offer orthodontic aligners for older teens as well as adults. If you’d like to learn more about the benefits of clear aligners, call or book your appointment online today.
Orthodontic aligners are a series of custom appliances designed to straighten your teeth over time. This innovative orthodontic system can correct mild to moderate spacing problems as well as small gaps, crowded teeth, protruding teeth, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
Made from clear, BPA-free plastic, orthodontic aligners are removable and virtually invisible, which means you can take them out when you need to eat or brush your teeth, and they’re nearly imperceptible when you’re wearing them.
The team at Le Chabot Dental offers two types of orthodontic aligners: Invisalign® and ClearCorrect.
The Invisalign system is backed by more than 700 patents, over two decades of clinical research, and the successful results of millions of patients. ClearCorrect, a newer aligner system, is made in the United States.
Like traditional wire-and-bracket braces, the primary goal of orthodontic aligners is to change the position of your teeth by applying precise, controlled force. Aligner technology often is more efficient and effective than regular braces, though, because it allows for better control and timing of that force.
Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect rely on advanced 3D computer imaging to create a series of custom aligners designed to fit tightly against your teeth.
During the one- to two-week period that you wear each aligner, it incrementally moves specific teeth until you’re ready for the next one in the series.
The process continues as you advance from one aligner to the next until you finish with the final aligner and complete the procedure. Your treatment plan specifies which teeth should be moved at each stage for maximum optimal results.
Most patients can expect a total treatment time somewhere in the range of nine to 15 months, with office visits every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
There are many advantages to choosing a clear aligner system to achieve straight teeth or correct bite problems, including:
Because they’re virtually invisible, clear aligners won’t bring unwanted attention. That makes them an attractive alternative to traditional braces, particularly for adults.
Because you can remove them before eating or when you need to brush and floss, orthodontic aligners are more hygienic than braces that are fixed to your teeth.
Orthodontic aligners are designed to fit closely and comfortably: Their smooth contours won’t scrape or cut the inside of your mouth, and they won’t damage your tooth enamel.