Some of our patients want to straighten their teeth, but would like more control in their day to day care, and get the work done more discreetly. Aligners allow us to make simple changes to the look of your teeth. Working together, we will create a customized series of plastic aligners with your needs in mind. Our staff at Water's Edge Dental, along with Dr. Geoffrey Herzog and Dr. Kristin Fenwick, can help you perfect your smile using a modern take on traditional metal braces. Our team at Water's Edge Dental, we can help you obtain teeth that are straighter, close any gaps, and help adjust your bite, while maintaining a professional look.
Shockingly, current studies show that only 35% of adults have a good bite or correctly aligned teeth, and some of them even wore braces in their youth. Studies also tell us that almost half of adults would like to improve the look of their teeth. The biggest factor holding them back is the idea of having a mouth full of metal. Braces may be successful, but they are not noted for their attractiveness or professional appearance. Mix their look and the average amount of time that braces need to be worn, which is about a two-year commitment, and many adults are understandably scared off. Customized dental aligners, such as Clear Correct will correct your bite in less time, and because it’s clear, your dental work will only be obvious to you.
Dental aligners allow you to be in control. Though you should wear them a majority of the time, you can choose to remove them. They are also nearly invisible, allowing you to be in control of who knows you are having work done. Aligners can correct your bite and straighten your teeth, while closing gaps, without the restrictions and hassles that come from wearing traditional metal braces.
With clear dental aligners, you will:
This system does not use the standard wire and bracket. Instead, your teeth are slowly pulled into position through wearing a series of removable, clear plastic molded trays, customized to fit you. After you have received your customized dental aligners, you simply wear one aligner at a time over your teeth and then switch to the next designated aligner in the series approximately every two weeks. Gradually, the force of the aligner will shift your teeth in small increments, and the final result will be the smile that Dr. Geoffrey Herzog or Dr. Kristin Fenwick designed with you during your planning appointment.
How Dental Aligners Work
The first step in your orthodontic needs is scheduling a consultation with Dr. Geoffrey Herzog or Dr. Kristin Fenwick. Together, we will review your current oral health, the placement of your permanent teeth, and any teeth that have yet to erupt or are impacted. We will review what you are seeking for your desired look. After your consultation, we will make recommendations based on your needs. Clear dental aligners may not be the right option for every patient, but this system is appropriate for a wide variety of malocclusions. Generally speaking, aligners are used for cosmetic changes, aligners are most effective for altering the positioning of your front teeth, not for the more complicated jaw and bite issues.
With dental aligners, we have been able to make a significant impact for:
Once Dr. Geoffrey Herzog or Dr. Kristin Fenwick has determined that aligners would be a good option for what you require, then we will create a customized treatment plan designed to fit you. With 3D images, you will be able to view digital images displaying your current tooth placement and then the result that is done through a series of small movements. When the patient has approved the final strategy, we then send the treatment plan to a dental lab. The lab will fabricate a series of plastic aligners that will then be sent directly to you. Your new dental aligners are made using medical grade polyurethane resin, they are BPA free, and will fit specified to your plan.
The dental aligners is not a single unit, but a bulk volume of clear plastic aligners, depending on your specific plan, there will be approximately 36 aligners in your series. Each aligner will be slightly different, allowing for small movements of your teeth. Each aligner is designed to slowly move and shift your teeth into the desired position, making small changes that you will feel through pressure being applied. Each aligner is designed to be worn for about two weeks after which time you will simply remove and place the next aligner in the series in your mouth.
For best results you will need to wear your aligner a majority of the time, at least 23 hours a day; this will include while you sleep. Ideally, the patient should only be removing their aligners when they are eating, and when they are brushing their teeth. The aligner should not be removed because the patient is experiencing discomfort. Your aligners will at times be uncomfortable, but that is due to the important work that your aligner is doing, it is applying pressure to move your teeth slowly. Patients have contacted us to complain about the strong feeling of pressure that they are experiencing with the alinger, but the pressure is necessary to force movement. This same pressure would apply when wearing metal braces. Once you have finished eating or brushing, we ask that you immediately replace your aligner so that it can continue its job.
Dental Aligners for our Adult Patients
Our adult patients want their teeth straightened with as little impact on their daily life as possible. The most frequent questions center around how the aligner will impact their day. Patients are concerned with what they will look like when wearing the aligners, and how it will impact their diet and the variety of foods they will be able to eat. Another large concern is the time commitment to the process. If these concerns are causing you hesitation, clear aligners may be right for you.
Orthodontic work done with Dental Aligners provides our patients:
At Water's Edge Dental, Dr. Geoffrey Herzog and Dr. Kristin Fenwick understand why so many patients shy away from the idea of traditional metal braces. Braces force a change in lifestyle, while also dramatically altering your look. We also understand that so many of our adult patients would like to get the end results of orthodontic work. With clear dental aligners, we can help you achieve the smile that you want. A beautiful smile can improve your overall confidence, increasing your stance in business and social situations, and you can achieve this look without a mouthful of metal.
Dental Aligners for Teens
More and more, teens are asking for clear aligners instead of traditional braces. Customized aligner are changing the face of orthodontics. Your teen can get the orthodontic work needed easier, faster and with fewer office visits, all while eating their normal diet. Clear aligners are ideal for teens who play sports and instruments. They can simply remove the device while engaging in their extracurricular activities and then replace the device when their activities are completed. The option to remove their dental appliance is a relief to teens, brackets, and wires can be frustrating, and in some cases painful, when engaging in extracurricular options.
Increasingly, studies are showing that clear aligners are a good option for not only simple changes, but even moderate bite disorders. When worn for the appropriate amount of time, and with consistency, adults and teens alike can make a significant change to their smile. Though aligners are a large expense at one time, the costs comparison for dental aligners and the long term payments of traditional bracket system are fairly comparable, plus you get the ease of wearing a clear and removable device.
Wearing metal brackets and wires can be emotionally difficult for some teens. Studies have shown that many parents underestimate just how self-conscious their teens are about their teeth, both in having a bad bite and in wearing traditional metal braces. With dental aligners, Dr. Geoffrey Herzog and Dr. Kristin Fenwick can help your teen have a look they want, without the metal.
Are aligners a good option for my teenager?
Yes! Dental Aligners are a good option for teens! Increasingly, we are recommending teenagers who are seeking orthodontic treatment to consider clear dental aligners. Aligners offer many benefits for your teens including: