The Clear Alternative to Braces
Clear aligners are an alternative to traditional bracket and wire braces for many orthodontic patients. Aligners are designed to fit directly over the teeth and are custom-created for each individual patient. Each series of aligners are precisely calculated to achieve a certain tooth movement so the result is a beautifully straight smile over time.
At Gire Orthodontics, Dr. Gire uses both Spark and Invisalign aligners. Invisalign is the most commonly thought of brand of aligners, however, Spark aligners are the next generation of aligners comprising of superior esthetics, smoother margins, less staining, and stronger plastics. Unlike Invisalign, which can be offered by all dental professionals after a short training course, Spark is ONLY available for use by orthodontics which means patients know they are in the hands of an expert. Spark is an advanced product designed to be used for advanced, specially trained orthodontists only. You won’t find this product at any general dentist’s office.
Clear, removable, and comfortable – the clear aligner difference
Clear aligners work the same as traditional braces, working to guide teeth over time to their new locations. However, the pressure is applied using a series of clear plastic aligners that are both comfortable and removable.
The aligners, which are virtually invisible, are worn for 22 hours a day, removing them to eat, drink anything other than water, brush, and floss. Each set will be worn for approximately seven to ten days before moving on to the next.
The advantages are clear
- Without brackets and wires, clear aligners are easier to maintain oral health. Simply remove the aligners and brush and floss as usual.
- Without brackets and wires, there is nothing to irritate the inside of your mouth.
- If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, schedule an appointment and talk to your orthodontist about whether this is the right treatment option for you.
If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, schedule an appointment and talk to Dr. Gire about whether this is the right treatment option for you.
FAQ about clear aligners
Are clear aligners as reliable as metal braces?
For patients with more mild to moderate issues, clear aligners can be just as effective as metal braces. For patients with more severe issues, metal braces may still be the best option. Gire Orthodontics can provide better insight during the complimentary consultation.
Am I a good candidate for clear aligners?
The only way to know for sure if you are a candidate for clear aligners is through a consultation with a board certified orthodontist, such as Dr. Gire.
How much do clear aligners cost?
The cost of clear aligners can range between $3,000 and $7,000, however, exact cost of treatment will depend on several factors including the severity and complexity of your malocclusion.
How do I care for my aligners?
Always rinse your aligners after removing them to eat. This can wash away any build up that has accumulated throughout the day. Soak your aligners once a day for approximately 30 minutes using a clear aligner soak, denture cleaner, or make your own using clear, white vinegar. This can remove any bacteria that may have built up during the day. Avoid brushing your aligners using toothpaste (always use a toothbrush with liquid soap) as this can be too abrasive for the plastic and could cause scratches. Always keep your aligners away from excessive heat.
Can I remove my aligners for a big occasion or event?
While your aligners are removable, Dr. Gire advises against removing them for all events. In order to keep your treatment on track, the aligners should be worn a minimum of 22 hours a day. It can become easy to find reasons to remove them.
Can I eat or drink with my aligners in?
Always remove your aligners before eating or drinking anything other than plain water. Chewing with your aligners in may damage them which can alter the fit. Drinking dark beverages can stain the aligners and/or your natural teeth, and drinking hot beverages can warp the plastic of the aligners.
Will my aligners be invisible to others?
Clear aligners are almost completely invisible, meaning you can be in treatment without others even realizing you are in treatment. However, if you do not care for your aligners properly they could discolor slightly making them stand out more. Likewise, if your treatment requires the use of attachments or buttons, it could be slightly more noticeable.