A straight smile can be a source of confidence for many people, but teeth that are out of alignment can negatively impact your self-image and oral wellness. Crooked teeth are much harder to thoroughly clean, and provide the perfect hiding spaces for bacteria. This means you’re at a higher risk for developing cavities and periodontal disease.
Orthodontic treatment can be used to bring your teeth into proper alignment so that they not only look aesthetically pleasing but also protect your health. If you’re a Michigan patient in Norton Shores, Ferrysburg, Spring Lake, and the surrounding areas looking for a discreet way to correct your smile, we offer clear aligners as an effective alternative to traditional braces.
Our expert dentist Dr. John Leitner recommends this comfortable, effective, and virtually invisible orthodontic treatment to patients looking to achieve a straight smile they can be confident in.
Clear aligners are transparent, plastic orthodontic devices used to correct the alignment of teeth. Treatment with clear aligners is designed to adjust your teeth a little bit at a time by utilizing a series of aligners with each set worn for one to two weeks at a time. Clear aligners need to be worn around 20 to 22 hours daily in order to achieve maximum results. Depending on your situation, it may even be possible to switch from metal braces to clear aligners.
Dr. Leitner may recommend clear aligners if you suffer from:
In the past, the only way to realign your teeth was with traditional metal braces, which consist of metal wires and brackets attached to the surface of your teeth with dental-grade cement. Braces straighten your teeth by applying constant pressure and your dentist tightens them periodically to keep the pressure needed to move your teeth in proper alignment.
While they can be effective, patients may find dental hygiene becomes more challenging with metal in the way, and patients must adhere to dietary restrictions in order to protect the braces. Treatment time can take upwards of two to three years, which patients may also find inconvenient.
Clear aligners may be a perfect solution to address a variety of tooth alignment problems and create a healthy, straight smile. They are a popular orthodontic treatment due to their variety of benefits:
When you come in for your consultation with Dr. Leitner, we’ll conduct a thorough dental exam and take X-rays before taking a look at your current oral health, medical history, and tooth alignment problems. This will help us determine if clear aligners are the best orthodontic option for you. If so, we’ll take enhanced images and impressions using our advanced dental technology to create a customized set of clear aligners that matches your bite.
You’ll periodically receive a new set of aligners every two weeks as your treatment plan progresses. The aligners gradually correct your alignment over time and patients need to wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day to maximize your results.
Clear aligners are one of the most comfortable solutions for orthodontic problems. Your teeth require the pressure to guide them into the right place. Clear aligners do so in a much more gentle way than traditional braces.
While it is common to feel some pressure or discomfort when first beginning treatment, your teeth will adjust within a day or two.
Some insurance companies cover orthodontic treatment while others only cover a portion. This is why it’s essential to check your specific benefits. During your consultation, Dr. Leitner will provide you with a more accurate cost estimate for your clear aligners.
Maintaining your clear aligners is simple and easy. We recommend the following tips:
Dr. Leitner and our expert team offer clear aligners to correct your smile in a discreet, comfortable way while protecting your overall dental wellness. If you’re a Michigan patient in Norton Shores, Ferrysburg, Spring Lake, or the surrounding areas and want to learn more about achieving a straight smile, give us a call at (616) 842-2850. Or, feel free to fill out the form at the bottom of this page.