Clear Aligners

Orthodontic Treatment


Invisalign.You deserve a smile you're proud of and at Adams Orthodontics, our mission is to help you achieve one through convenient, high-quality orthodontic treatment. Dr. Adams and our highly trained team of orthodontic specialists work hard to personalize the treatments we provide, crafting detailed plans that fit the needs and lifestyles of our patients. If you've been considering orthodontic treatment for your smile but are hesitant about the inconvenience of braces, there's an exciting alternative you may not yet have considered: clear aligners.

What are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are an alternative to braces that use a fundamentally different method to straighten teeth. While braces use a series of stainless steel brackets mounted to the front of teeth and a thin, springy archwire running through the brackets, clear aligners rely on hard, plastic aligners that fit directly around your teeth. These aligners are nearly invisible when worn and easy to take on an off, making them a highly convenient form of treatment. At our practice, we can use clear aligners to treat most orthodontic conditions, making them a viable alternative to braces for most patients.

Benefits of Clear Aligners

Thanks to their unique design, clear aligners offer a number of impressive advantages when compared to braces:

  • Almost Invisible: As the name implies, clear aligners are transparent and lay flat on the teeth, which means it's almost impossible to see them when worn. This means you won't have a lattice of metalwork for braces, making social events or presentations at work easier by having the peace of mind that people are looking at you, not your braces.
  • Easy Oral Care: During treatment with braces, patients need to use special tools like floss threaders to clean teeth and maintain their oral hygiene – but with clear aligners, you simply take the aligners out and brush and floss as normal.
  • Improved Comfort: Because the clear aligners are smooth to the touch and lay flat on the teeth, they won't cause the tiny cuts and scratches that braces often do, making them a more comfortable treatment option.
  • Eat What You Want: Wearing clear aligners also allows you to eat what you want without any dietary restrictions. While braces require you to avoid hard, sticky, or crunchy foods, with clear aligners, you can enjoy any food you like.

The Clear Aligner Treatment Process

Similar to braces, clear aligners work by applying a constant, precisely-tuned force to each tooth, gradually influencing them to move to a new position. Unlike braces however, the treatment process is a little different. Treatment with clear aligners usually runs as follows:

  • First, we'll bring you in for your orthodontic consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Adams will perform a thorough oral exam and take a number of images and measurements to form a diagnosis of your orthodontic condition.
  • We'll use your diagnostic information to craft a computer model of your mouth and bite, then use that model to build out a detailed treatment plan.
  • After breaking that plan down into two-week increments, we'll instruct the lab to custom-manufacture your own set of aligners based on Dr. Adams's plan.
  • You'll wear each pair of aligners for 22 hours a day, switching to a new set every two weeks or so. With every new pair of aligners, your teeth will move closer to their final positions.
  • After you finish your final set of aligners, your new smile is yours to keep!

Aligners for Teens

In the early days of clear aligners, they were largely reserved for adult patients – but thanks to advances in the technology, we now offer clear aligners to our adolescent patients.

Caring for Teeth & Aligners During Treatment

During treatment, maintaining strong oral hygiene is vital – any tooth decay can derail your treatment and cause major problems with your teeth. Accordingly, you'll need to brush your teeth and aligners every time you take them out or put them back in, and you'll have to be sure to floss daily. In addition to brushing, you'll also want to periodically soak your aligners in a glass with a denture cleaning tablet for a deeper clean.

After you finish your treatment, we'll create a set of retainers to make sure your new smile stays in line. It's vital to follow our exact instructions for wearing your retainers, as without them, your teeth will move back to their old positions, erasing your hard work! With proper wear, your retainers will protect your new smile for a lifetime.

Schedule a Consultation With Dr. Adams

Clear aligners are an exciting, convenient alternative to traditional metal braces, and if you'd like to find out how they can help you revitalize your smile, we'd love to help. Reach out to us from our contact page or use our easy online form to schedule a consultation and start towards a new smile with clear aligners. We can't wait to hear from you!

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