Traditionally, orthodontists have used braces with brackets and wires to create pressure that moves your teeth to straighten your smile. These braces apply force to the tooth that allows the orthodontist to move the tooth in the preferred direction. With advancements in dental technology, aligner therapy is the new alternative to do just the same!
By using aligner therapy, you won’t have to use unsightly metal brackets to get a beautiful, healthy smile. Plus, with clear aligners, you can remove them to eat food, brush your teeth, floss, or go without them during special occasions.
Many orthodontists have turned to large corporations to provide aligner therapy, but here at Shore Children’s Dental Care, we have brought the technology in-house to offer faster, more customizable results for our patients. This means that we can take scans, create a treatment plan, make your aligners right in our office, and make aligner therapy more affordable and convenient than ever before.
How Treatment Works
During your consultation, we will assess your teeth to determine if aligner therapy is a treatment option for you. Depending on the crowding, misalignment, and movement needed, aligner therapy can take between six months to two years — a lightning-fast alternative to braces.
We will take x-rays as well as scans of your teeth for your first mold. By using this mold, we program our aligner therapy technology to determine just how many retainer adjustments (known as adjustment trays) you will need to get straight, beautiful teeth.
What does aligner therapy entail?
As the name suggests, your aligners will be used to correct your teeth and perfect your smile over time. Your clear aligners are meant to be worn 20 to 22 hours a day for roughly two to three weeks before using your next set of adjustment trays. Aligners are computer-generated and formed to move your teeth in small increments in order to avoid pain. It is for this reason that you will be given two to three sets of adjustments trays (new aligners) during each appointment. It is also important to follow the cleaning and care instructions for clear aligners.
The intention is that after wearing your first set of adjustment trays for two to three weeks, your mouth will have made those precise adjustments and will ready for the next set of adjustment trays in your treatment. By working through these slight changes, your teeth will gradually move into the desired position. Don’t worry, we will label your adjustment trays, so you know which one to wear next!
Every six to eight weeks, regular checkups will be conducted to ensure the aligner therapy is moving right along schedule while also checking that the retainers are making the proper adjustments. During these in-office appointments, we will create the next set of adjustment trays for you to wear. Towards the end of treatment, we may decide that manual adjustments to the retainers are necessary to provide the most precise changes. In this case, your regular checkups may become more frequent as we put the final touches on perfecting your smile. If you are interested in aligner therapy, call us today at (732) 775-1492 to schedule your consultation.