Are you eager to straighten your smile but less excited at the prospect of a year or more in metal braces? If so, clear aligners offer a solution and are among the orthodontic treatments available from the dental specialists at RR Dentistry in Georgetown, Texas. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn more about how clear aligners can perfect your smile.
Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional metal braces. They use specially designed clear plastic trays to place gentle pressure on teeth, slowly shifting them into optimal positioning.
At RR Dentistry, you can choose from some of the best tray-based aligner systems in the industry. The practice offers InvisalignⓇ, one of the first clear aligner options to hit the market and ClearCorrectⓇ.
When you arrive for your initial visit, you’ll learn more about each clear aligner system. Before you leave the office, you’ll have all the details needed to make an informed decision about your orthodontic treatment planning.
The most obvious reason people prefer clear aligners over traditional metal braces is the chance to achieve a straighter smile without a mouth full of metal. While a gleaming metallic grin was once a rite of passage for many American teens, children and adults today are less enthusiastic about metal braces.
Clear aligners are virtually indistinguishable once in place. You can go about your normal routines at school or work without worrying about your orthodontic treatment being on full display.
The metal brackets, hooks, and wires used in traditional metal braces can also be uncomfortable. Clear aligners don’t irritate the soft tissues in your mouth, and most people find them more comfortable than braces.
There’s also the matter of dental hygiene to consider. Metal brackets and wires give food particles, plaque, and bacteria numerous places to hide, and it takes quite a while to thoroughly brush and floss each day. With clear aligners, you simply pop your trays out, brush and floss normally, then pop them back into place.
It can take some time to get used to the feel of wearing clear aligners. While the trays fit snugly on your teeth, they feel a bit odd at first. Within a couple of weeks, you’ll grow accustomed to wearing your aligner trays, and you won’t even notice them.
A degree of soreness is to be expected when you switch to a new set of aligners every couple of weeks. That’s because your new set will place new pressure on your teeth. As they slowly move into improved positioning, that pressure is relieved.
If you experience significant soreness when wearing a new set of aligner trays, over-the-counter pain medication can keep you comfortable.
When you’re ready to explore all that clear aligners have to offer, call RR Dentistry to book a consultation. Online scheduling is also an option and takes just moments to complete.