Are you embarrassed by the alignment of your teeth, but don't want to wear metal braces? Does your misalignment affect your oral health?
An advancement in orthodontics, clear aligners are a discreet way to get your smile straight and your mouth healthy.
Our doctors at Verde Pointe Dental Associates in Marietta, GA, will fit you with custom clear aligners to create a more beautiful smile.
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How Clear Aligners Have Improved the Orthodontic Treatment Process
Traditional care from an orthodontist involves the use of metal braces and wires. Although this solution is effective, many individuals avoid it because they don't like the idea of wearing noticeable metal appliances for months or even years. Many patients prefer clear aligners, which fit directly over the teeth and are very discreet.
Braces also make certain foods off-limits and make it difficult to clean your teeth. Clear aligners overcome these obstacles because they are removable. The aligners should be removed when eating and drinking to prevent damage. In addition, they can be removed when cleaning your teeth, so you can easily brush and floss all surfaces.
The aligner trays are made of a smooth plastic material that is less likely to irritate the soft tissues of your mouth, an issue that is common with metal brackets and wires. While patients may still experience some mild discomfort when becoming used to aligner trays, many patients greatly prefer clear aligners.
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Contact Us to Find Out if You Are a Candidate
Our practice has provided dental care to the Marietta, GA, community for more than 30 years. Dr. Kirk Kimmerling earned his doctorate from Emory University and is a member of the American Dental Association, Georgia Dental Association, and Mercer Mastery Program. Dr. Garrick McGrath earned his doctorate from Georgia Health Sciences University and offers a full scope of dentistry services.
To schedule your clear aligner consultation with one of our dentists, contact us online. We serve patients from Marietta, Kennesaw, Powder Springs, and surrounding areas.
What to Expect The Treatment Timeline
Clear aligners can be a quicker straightening solution than traditional metal braces.
What Dental Conditions Can Clear Aligners Treat?
Crooked teeth can result in an overcrowded appearance and asymmetry. They also make flossing difficult. Clear aligners can correct this issue along the upper and lower arches.
Bite issues such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite can affect the appearance, function, and health of your smile. Some bite alignment issues can be improved with clear aligners.
Some of us have a space between the two front teeth or spaces between many teeth. We can design your treatment plan to close the gaps and achieve a more balanced smile.
Overlapping teeth can be difficult to clean, and they are also an aesthetic concern for our patients. We can use clear aligners to resolve these issues for improved health and appearance.
A Twisted or Turned Tooth
Some people have a single twisted or turned tooth that contributes to a crooked and overcrowded look. Clear aligners can slowly turn the tooth to its proper position for a straighter appearance.
Restore Previous Orthodontic Results
The results of previous treatment by an orthodontist (which can include traditional braces, clear braces, or other types of orthodontics) can regress without proper maintenance, such as retainer use. Clear aligners can restore tooth alignment for patients who have undergone previous care with an orthodontist.
A Straighter Smile Is One Phone Call Away
Crooked teeth can cause an aesthetically displeasing smile, but they can also cause major oral health issues and lead to a temporomandibular joint disorder (TMD). Luckily, you don't need to see an orthodontist for minor to moderate misalignment issues. The dentists at Verde Pointe Dental Associates can fit you with a customized set of clear aligners to get your teeth back in line and your smile beaming.
If you live in the Marietta, Kennesaw, or Powder Springs area, call our office or schedule your clear aligner consultation online.
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How to Adjust to Treatment
Compared to the treatment typically offered by orthodontists, most people adjust to clear aligners with no issues. By following these tips and care instructions from our practice, most people complete treatment comfortably and on schedule:
- Consider switching to new trays just before going to bed. This allows you to sleep through the mild initial discomfort when it's time to start wearing new trays.
- Use over-the-counter pain medication, such as ibuprofen, to reduce discomfort.
- Drink ice water to ease discomfort the first day or two after switching trays.
- Wear the trays for at least 20 hours a day.
How to Care for Your Aligners
Maintain Good Oral Hygiene
Brushing your teeth twice daily and flossing once daily will help prevent cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. Keeping your teeth and gums healthy during your straightening treatment is key to its effectiveness and getting you the smile you want.
Brush After Eating
You should brush your teeth after every meal before you reinsert your aligners. Without cleaning, leftover food remains pressed against your teeth throughout the day. This can lead to cavities and, depending on the food, it can stain your aligners and make them visible to you and others.
Avoid Drinking Sugary and Acidic Drinks
Try to avoid high-sugar drinks like soda and high-acid drinks like coffee during your treatment. If you do have one of these beverages, thoroughly brush your teeth before reinserting your aligners so the sugars and acids do not erode your enamel. Never drink these beverages while your aligners are in your mouth.
Clean Your Aligners
Clean your trays twice a day. Denture cleaner is a great tool for keeping your aligners looking new. Try to avoid brushing your aligners, but if you do, use a soft-bristled toothbrush and cool water to brush all surfaces of the trays as some bristles can scratch your aligners and some types of toothpaste can cause them to become cloudy. Both result in aligners that are no longer clear, which can make the wearer feel self-conscious.
Use Lukewarm Water
Always use lukewarm water when cleaning your aligners. Since they are made of plastic, extreme hot and cold temperatures can warp your aligners. Misshaped aligners are no longer effective and could veer your treatment off course. If your aligners become lost or damaged, contact our office immediately so we can recommend the next steps.
Keep Your Aligners Safe
One of the benefits of clear aligners over traditional braces is they are removable. However, this can lead to them being lost or damaged. Whenever you remove your aligners be sure to keep them in a safe place where they cannot be moved, dropped, damaged, stolen, or taken by a pet.
The Cost of Treatment
The most common question we hear from our patients about this safe and effective treatment is, "How much does treatment cost?"
We offer clear aligner treatment for $1,500 to $2,500. Many insurance plans now contribute to the cost of this orthodontic treatment. In addition, we accept CareCredit® financing, which offers no-interest and low-interest payment plans based on your credit score. Our staff would be glad to help you understand your coverage allowance and financing options so you can choose the best way to budget for this solution.
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