One of the things patients always mention wanting is a straight, even smile. Clear aligners are an alternative to metal braces and they offer a subtle way to do just that. It takes care of mild to moderate orthodontic concerns and crooked teeth. Using clear aligners instead of the traditional wire and bracket system of normal braces provides the care you want without many people noticing you are straightening your teeth.
Another benefit of choosing clear aligners is not having to change your diet! You can take out the aligners to eat, so you don’t have to worry about avoiding specific foods. While you need to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day, you have the freedom to take them out for meals, your oral healthcare routine, and to clean the aligners and your teeth. Invisible aligners are often the ideal choice to get the even smile that you want.
Clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment that is comfortable, convenient, and virtually unnoticeable. The clear aligner system that we offer in our Norfolk office is for teen and adult patients that need mild to moderate orthodontic treatment. We can use clear aligners for both cosmetic and dental health concerns. Clear aligners can treat a variety of orthodontic concerns, such as:
- Crooked teeth
- TMJ Disorder
- Tooth crowding
- Spaces between teeth
- Narrow tooth arches
- Underbite or overbite
Clear Aligner Treatment in Norfolk, VA
The first step in the process involves taking digital impressions of your mouth at our dental office. Our dentists will use this digital impression, or mold of your teeth, to accurately plan your treatment. Then, we will use specialized software to determine how your teeth should look after the treatment. Dr. Sinclair can show you each step of the treatment plan using the software. He will be able to track your teeth’s movements with each set of aligners as well.
To create the aligners, we will send the files to the dental laboratory. There they will generate several sets of clear plastic aligners for you. You will need to wear them for a specified amount of time each day. The number of aligners and length of your treatment will depend on the problem(s) we are addressing, and the desired result.
While you should remove the aligners for eating and cleaning your teeth, you should wear them for most of the day (we suggest at least 22 hours a day). This will allow you to maintain a regular oral hygiene routine and eat all of your favorite foods without restrictions. Your last aligner will be a retainer, which you will wear as directed each day to keep your teeth from shifting and maintain results.
The Cost of Clear Aligners
The national average is $5,000 per case, but the cost of orthodontic treatment with clear aligners can vary greatly from one individual to another. The number of aligners needed to achieve the desired results is one of the main factors that go into the cost. Minor straightening cases can be very affordable, often costing as little as $2,000 to $3,000.
If you have dental insurance, it may cover a portion of your treatment. For your part of the total cost or if you do not have dental insurance, we offer financing options and convenient payment methods. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Cappy Sinclair in his Norfolk VA cosmetic dentistry office to get an estimate on the cost.
How to Take Care of Your Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are a great way to straighten your teeth without the hassle of traditional braces. However, taking care of them is essential if you want to get the best results.
You need to clean clear aligners regularly in order to prevent bacteria and plaque buildup. It is important to brush and floss your teeth before putting on the aligners, as well as after taking them off. Additionally, it is important to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and non-abrasive toothpaste when cleaning the aligners in order to avoid scratching or damaging them.
It is also important to keep your clear aligners away from heat sources such as hot water or direct sunlight. Heat can cause them to warp or become brittle over time. Additionally, it is important not to eat or drink anything but water while wearing them.
If you’re considering clear aligners in the Norfolk, Chesapeake, or Virginia Beach area, contact Coastal Cosmetic and Implant Dentistry today. Schedule an appointment with Dr. Sinclair to find out how to get the straighter smile of your dreams.