Crooked teeth affect your oral health and appearance, but many of us avoid undergoing orthodontic treatment because they don't want braces.
Clear aligners are a discreet alternative that can give you a straighter smile without the discomfort and inconvenience of metal hardware.
Check out the benefits of clear aligners provided by Verde Pointe Dental Associates in Marietta, GA, serving Kennesaw and Powder Springs...
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.
Dr. Kimmerling is an amazing dentist! He is very knowledgeable and professional. The entire staff is very friendly, and receptionists are always nice and helpful. I always have the best experience there. Thank you all for your outstanding job! Karyna Baiova - 5-star Google Review
Contact Us to Find Out if You Are a Candidate
Our practice has been providing dental care to the Marietta 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 or call us at (770) 423-4900. We serve patients from Marietta, Kennesaw, Powder Springs, and surrounding areas.
What to Expect: The Treatment Timeline
During your consultation, we will assess the alignment of your teeth and bite, and discuss any concerns that you have about your smile. We will determine if clear aligners can effectively achieve your goals or if an alternative procedure is better suited to your needs.
2. Planning and Fabrication
Next, we will work with lab technicians to design and fabricate aligners that will fit comfortably on your teeth and gradually move them into their proper positions. After about four to eight weeks, you can expect to receive your aligners.
3. Starting the Process
You will come to our Marietta office to try on your first aligner. Patients should wear their aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day to complete the process on time, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, or floss.
4. Check-ups and Aligner Progression
Depending on your custom plan, you will switch out your aligner trays every one to two weeks. With each pair of trays, your teeth will shift slightly, bringing them into alignment over the course of treatment. Most patients begin to notice an improvement in the appearance of their smile two to three months after this orthodontics process starts.
5. Completing the Process
The alignment of the teeth and bite will continue to improve until treatment is complete. On average, the timeline with orthodontic clear aligners is 12 months, but the exact timeline will be determined during the planning and fabrication phase. To complete treatment as quickly as possible, individuals should wear their aligners for the recommended amount of time and follow all aligner care and cleaning instructions.
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.
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.
- Clean the trays twice a day. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush and cool water to brush all surfaces of the trays. For a more thorough clean, soak the trays in a solution of cool water and clear antibacterial soap.
- Clean or rinse your teeth before re-inserting your trays.
- Keep the trays in a case when not in use.
I love Dr. Kimmerling and all his staff . They are very thorough and upfront when it comes to procedures and they always use cutting edge technology. Best of all, they are all super friendly. I always have the best experience there. Juliana Xavier - 5-star Google Review
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.