Aligners: Alternatives to Traditional Braces

By Aaron Strickland, D.D.S. on April 26, 2018


Over one-third of orthodontic patients are adults who are seeking out treatment for crooked teeth with adult braces or aligners. Aligners are becoming more mainstream and appealing to people who want a more discreet way to get straight teeth. With no metal brackets or wires, aligners are virtually invisible and are custom-fit for your teeth.


How do Aligners Work?


Aligners, sometimes called invisible or clear braces, work in a similar way to traditional braces, by gradually shifting teeth into an ideal position. Aligner therapy uses clear, removable trays made of plastic or ceramic material to make this change, as opposed to metal brackets and wires of traditional braces.


ClearCorrect (the aligners offered at White River Dental) treatment involves using these removable trays for one three-week period at a time, before switching to a new set of trays. Each new set of aligners is custom manufactured to move the teeth slightly straighter than the last set. Teeth will typically move up to 0.25mm with each tray.


After wearing each new set of aligners, you will start to notice results as teeth begin to slowly adjust and align into an ideal position. Periodic check-ups with your dentist are required to monitor and evaluate progress, and you may receive the next set of aligners. This sequence will continue until you have achieved your new smile.


On average, it takes between 9 and 18 months to complete the straightening process using aligners. Treatment time depends on your specific condition and degree of misalignment. During this time, users will switch out between about 18 and 30 custom trays, each of which brings the teeth into better alignment.

Who Can Benefit from Aligners?


ClearCorrect aligners are clear and barely noticeable, which makes them a great option for both adults and teens who want a more discreet straightening option. Children who do not have all of their molars and older adults with more complicated dental issues may be candidates for treatment but should consult with their dentist first to determine the best treatment option.


ClearCorrect can be used to treat the following orthodontic conditions:


  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crooked or rotated teeth
  • Spacing between teeth


How Do You Use Aligners?


Using aligners really couldn’t be easier. Since they are custom-fit for your teeth, simply pop in the trays and you’re ready to go! ClearCorrect aligners are worn all the time, except when eating and drinking, or while brushing and flossing. Designed with aesthetics in mind, the aligners are virtually invisible and won’t have an impact on your daily routine.


Once your treatment is complete, your dentist will help you decide how to maintain your new smile. You dentist will recommend the use of retainers (this is the same with traditional braces), to keep your teeth from shifting back to their pre-treatment position.


Before & After

Are Aligners Right for Me?


Considering aligners? Schedule your consultation now. We’ll be able to help you decide if aligners are right for you and answer any questions you may have. 


Looking for more information on aligners and other types of braces? Check out this blog or send us a message.

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