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Clear Aligners and You
By The Brace Place Orthodontics
June 09, 2020
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: clear aligners   Aligners  

Clear Aligners and You

Clear aligners or invisible braces make an appealing alternative to traditional braces and are becoming increasingly popular. It’s easy to see why, they comfortable, convenient, and discrete. Dr. Josh Goldknopf is an orthodontist at The Brace Place Orthodontics. He specializes in orthodontic treatment and can help you choose the right clear aligners.

What are Clear Aligners

Who doesn’t want a bright, even smile? Some people just need a little help getting there and clear orthodontic aligners are designed to help. Whereas traditional braces use brackets and wired to shift the teeth into the desired position, clear aligners are comprised of fitted, custom-made mouthpieces that slip snugly over the teeth. Ponte Vedra residents who are considering clear aligners can talk to our orthodontist to see what kind of braces are right for them.

Are Clear Aligners Right for Anyone?

Because of their tight fit, clear aligners are best suited to teens or adults. It is more complicated to straighten a child’s teeth as their mouths are still growing and this is an important consideration for braces of any kind. Clear aligners work best for people who have moderately overcrowded teeth or minor spacing issues. If you have a severe overbite or underbite, you may need more complex treatment.

How do Clear Aligners Work?

You will be fitted for several aligner trays to match your orthodontist’s plan for straightening your teeth. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to the positioning of your teeth. The aligners are made from a clear flexible material and can be removed for brushing and flossing and eating. You will change your aligner every few weeks.

The time it takes to complete your treatment will vary depending on your age and how much your teeth need to be realigned. The more uneven or spaced out your teeth are, the longer it will take. Typically, treatment with clear aligners takes between 10 and 24 months.

Benefits of Clear Aligners

Clear aligners have many benefits including:

  • They are comfortable
  • They can be removed for eating, brushing and flossing
  • They are easy to keep clean
  • They are practically invisible

If you would like to find out more about clear aligners, call Dr. Josh Goldknopf at The Brace Place Orthodontics in Jacksonville Beach and Ponte Vedra, FL: (904) 249-0037.