New technologies now allow orthodontists to construct clear plastic trays to move teeth. Invisalign, Clear Correct and Clearline are just some of these transparent aligner products. These systems use a series of transparent, removable, and comfortable aligners that fit over your teeth – allowing you to smile more both during and after your treatment. Clear aligners, like Invisalign are made with 3D computer imaging technology.

Why would I want a clear aligner like Invisalign?

The aligners are both transparent and hardly noticeable on patients, and are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want during your treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are easy and comfortable, with no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. Best of all, no metal and wires means you get to spend less time getting adjustments in your doctor’s office. Clear aligner systems like Invisalign also allows you to preview your own virtual treatment plan so you can see how your perfectly straight teeth will look when your treatment is complete.

How do aligners work?

You wear each set of aligners for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to the final position prescribed by Dr. Strelzow. During your treatment you’ll visit Dr. Strelzow about once every six weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned. Total treatment time averages between nine to 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 10 and 30, though both will vary.

Are clear aligners right for you? 

At OrthoArts we like clear aligners and use them extensively. However, we realize aligners have their limitations. Many people are aware that clear aligners use transparent plastic trays to move teeth, but you need to know they don’t work for all cases. For a large number of patients, the Invisalign or other clear aligners do not have the ‘horsepower’ to resolve most common problems patients face. At OrthoArts we often use a combination of Invisalign-style clear aligners for simple details and lingual braces for the more challenging issues. This kind of ‘combination’ treatment was pioneered at OrthoArts and is a great alternative that saves our patients both time and money.

Dr. Anthony Strelzow is a certified Incognito braces provider. Call OrthoArts today to set up a free consultation to discuss how he can help you achieve your perfect smile.