General and Cosmetic Dentistry located in Summit, NJ & Westfield, NJ
Clear orthodontic alignment systems provide an easier way to straighten your smile. Dr. Daniel Butensky has improved many smiles with clear orthodontic alignment at Dental Studios in Summit and Westfield, New Jersey. To get started, call the office or schedule your visit with the convenient online booking tool.
What is clear orthodontic alignment?
Clear orthodontic alignment is an easy and convenient way to straighten your teeth. Instead of using bulky and uncomfortable metal brackets and wires, clear orthodontic alignment straightens your smile using a series of clear aligners made from smooth and flexible plastic.
Your aligners are similar to a plastic retainer and are designed from an impression of your mouth and fit snugly over your teeth. But unlike a plastic retainer, which holds your teeth in their current position, your clear orthodontic aligners gently shift your teeth into a better alignment.
How can clear orthodontic alignment improve my smile?
Clear orthodontic alignment can improve several conditions, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Widely spaced teeth
- Open bite
You can also use clear orthodontic aligners for cosmetic purposes as well, such as generally straightening teeth or making your smile more symmetrical.
How does clear orthodontic alignment work?
The basic principles of clear orthodontic alignment are similar to those by which traditional metal braces operate: your aligners exert a gentle and constant pressure on your teeth that gradually pushes them into a better position in your mouth. Over time, your teeth settle into their new alignment, giving you a beautifully straight smile.
How long will I need to wear my clear orthodontic alignment system?
For your aligners to do their job, you need to wear them every day. You can remove your aligners whenever you brush, floss, or eat, but you need to wear them for at least 22 hours each day.
The length of your treatment time depends on the type and severity of your condition, but most people only need 20-30 aligners to successfully straighten their teeth.
What are the advantages of clear orthodontic alignment?
The advantages to clear orthodontic alignment are numerous and include:
Unlike the metal wires and brackets in traditional metal braces, your smooth plastic aligners won’t scratch and irritate the inside of your mouth.
Unlike braces, your aligners aren’t bonded to your teeth, so you don’t have to learn any special techniques to keep your mouth clean during your treatment. Just remove your aligners, brush and floss like normal, and put them back in after.
Clear orthodontic aligners are virtually invisible, so nobody will know that you’re straightening your smile.
To learn more about clear orthodontic alignment, call Dental Studios or book a visit online.
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