Undergoing standard orthodontic treatment doesn’t appeal to everyone. The invention of clear braces has been a welcome change, providing a more comfortable and discreet approach to a straighter smile. Wearing barely-noticeable aligner trays is far more palatable than metal brackets and wires for many patients. Just allow time to become accustomed to this orthodontic system. Knowing what to expect with clear braces from your Glen Allen dentist helps you enjoy stress-free treatment.
The thin, plastic aligner trays may seem an unlikely approach to smile transformation. These trays are precisely made to your exact specifications, so they apply consistent and gentle pressure to move your teeth. Expect a bit of discomfort as teeth are slowly repositioned, just as you’d encounter with traditional braces. Soreness in the first days of wearing aligners can be effectively treated with over the counter pain relievers.
Each aligner tray is worn for about two weeks, at which time you’ll replace the tray with the next one in the series. Each aligner corresponds with a step in the treatment process. At every switch, the new aligner will feel snug and too small. You may have some difficulty putting the aligners in and taking them out, but it’s this fit and resulting pressure from the aligners that moves your teeth into better alignment. Each tray is designed for the next progression of movement. Your smile’s appearance will gradually look better.
Throughout treatment, some areas may feel more pressure than others. This is due to each aligner tray focusing on one area of the mouth at a time. Some teeth may need to be repositioned first before other teeth can move. You may not notice a big difference in the appearance of your teeth between each set of aligners, but in the end your smile will be beautifully transformed.
Dr. Hart is committed to helping you create a smile you’ll want to show off. Optimal oral health often complements an attractive smile. Clear braces make straightening teeth convenient and discreet. The Glen Allen VA practice also routinely screens for problems that can damage the look and health of your teeth and gums.
Contact Virginia Biological Dentistry to realize your smile goals.