clear aligner therapy in South Los Angeles, CA

What is a clear aligner therapy?

Clear aligner therapy is a dental appliance that straightens a smile with a custom-made clear aligner. The aligner is made out of transparent thermoplastic material that is both subtle and comfortable. It applies gentle pressure to each tooth to gradually fix misaligned teeth. If you have minor crowded or gapped teeth but don’t want to deal with braces, you may be a good candidate for clear aligner therapy!

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In some cases, clear aligners can provide faster results than traditional braces.

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How it works: The clear aligner therapy process

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Consultation

At your consultation, your South Los Angeles dentist will examine your gum health and teeth to confirm you are cavity free and check for gaps and crowding. She will also discuss your smile goals and develop a treatment plan made just for you.

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Impressions and Digital Imaging

After your consultation, Dr. Smith will take a digital impression to submit for simulation of your orthodontic treatment plan. After this process, you will be able to see the video of your teeth moving and approve the course of treatment and accept the plan.  Upon approval, the lab will create your personalized first set of clear aligners.

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Fitting and Next Steps

When we receive your aligners, we will ask you to come into the office so that Dr. Smith can ensure proper fit and alignment. Per her instructions, you’ll usually wear them 20-22 hours every day, switching them out every 2 weeks. Every 6 weeks, your next sets of aligners will be ready to be picked up at our office. Dr. Smith will then check your teeth’s progress to ensure that you are on track for your satisfactory smile.

Types of Clear Aligners

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ClearCorrect

ClearCorrect aligners are a great option as they offer a wide variety of aligners that are suitable for mild misalignments. They are comfortable and removable, expertly crafted out of medical-grade thermoplastic. 

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Clear aligners have straightened millions of smiles.

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How do clear aligners work?

Clear aligners straighten your teeth gradually over an extended period. Custom-made aligner trays ensure that your teeth will be slightly straighter moving forward to each tray. Generally, it takes about a year to correct your smile. Trays are replaced every two weeks until you achieve the smile you are satisfied with.

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Are clear aligners safe?

Yes! When monitored by your dentist, clear aligners are safe. Aligners are made out of medical grade BPA-free plastic which is safe and effective.

Are clear aligners faster than traditional braces?

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Individual time frames differ based on each patient’s needs, but clear aligner therapy has proven to provide quicker results compared to traditional braces. The best way to achieve the quickest, best results is to follow your dentist’s instructions.

What is the difference between clear alignment therapy and traditional braces?

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Clear aligners gently shift your teeth without the hassle of metal brackets or wires. One of the major benefits of opting for clear aligners is their transparency – It’s hard to tell if you are wearing them but you can still quickly take them out for photos or functions. Additionally, you won't have to worry about dietary restrictions because of their easy removability. 

However, they are not suitable for everyone, mainly because major misalignments or a malpositioned jaw require a more powerful orthodontic treatment (such as traditional braces).

How much do clear aligners cost?

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Clear aligners will cost differently for each patient. Treatment plans, appointments, and insurance plans all affect the cost of clear aligner therapy. The best way to find out about your individual cost is to schedule a consultation.

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Clear aligners are removable and easy to clean.

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