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No one wants crooked teeth. Not only can a crooked smile make you feel self-conscious around others, misaligned teeth are difficult to fully clean, which can lead to tooth decay and other oral health issues. Clear Aligner Therapy is an innovative orthodontic treatment that can straighten your teeth without any metal brackets or wires. All across America, tens of thousands of people are choosing this effective treatment to straighten their teeth without the pain and unattractiveness of traditional metal braces.
If you live in or around Austin and would like to learn if Clear Aligner Therapy is right for you, please contact BridgeView Dental today online or at (512) 265-5818 to schedule a free consultation with LVI-trained dentist Dr. Lance Loveless. We welcome patients from Lakeway and West Lake Hills.
On this page, we will discuss a number of Clear Aligner Therapy-related topics, such as:
Clear Aligner Therapy is an effective alternative to conventional metal braces. Instead of connecting metal wires, brackets and rubber bands to your teeth, Clear Aligner Therapy uses a series of soft, clear plastic aligners to gently shift your teeth into alignment. Each aligner is custom-crafted through precise 3D computer mapping and design.
With the exception of eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, your aligners should be worn at all times, both day and night.
At other dental practices, patients are given new aligners every two weeks. However, at BridgeView Dental, we have honed the Clear Aligner Therapy process to where most of our patients are able to switch out their aligner trays in only one week, helping the entire process progress in half the time*.
Crooked teeth can present a complex oral health concern. Misaligned bites have been linked to tooth decay, gum disease, TMJ disorder and a number of related general health issues such as heart disease and diabetes.
Clear Aligner Therapy can be used to successfully treat a wide range of orthodontic issues, including:
There are a number of advantages to choosing Clear Aligner Therapy over traditional metal braces, including:
It’s easy to understand why Clear Aligner Therapy is one of the most popular orthodontic treatment options among adults and older teens. Thanks to its thin, clear plastic aligners, Clear Aligner Therapy is unobtrusive and practically unnoticeable, allowing for greater confidence throughout your course of treatment.
The Clear Aligner Therapy system works similarly to traditional braces: your teeth will be gradually shifted in a new position over a period of time. However, rather than having to deal with the maintenance, discomfort and unappealing aesthetics of metal braces, you will simply wear a series of customized, comfortable and removable clear plastic aligners.
The first step in the process is to complete a complimentary full oral examination and bite analysis with Dr. Loveless to determine your candidacy for the treatment. Once you and Dr. Loveless agree to proceed with the Clear Aligner Therapy process, he will use 3D imaging technology to create a digital impression of your teeth. This impression will be used to create your customized clear aligners.
Depending on your specific circumstances, you will wear each aligner in the series for either one or two weeks before moving on to the next one. Each aligner will gently shift your teeth until your teeth have shifted to their desired position and the treatment is complete.
The amount of time your Clear Aligner Therapy treatment will take varies, depending on a number of factors such as the severity of your misalignment and what treatments may be needed before straightening your teeth. In most cases, patients can complete treatment in less than a year*. In many cases, Dr. Loveless can reduce the time needed for treatment even more by providing new aligner trays every week rather than every two weeks.
Misaligned teeth can affect more than just the beauty of your smile. Crooked teeth can lead to a number of oral health issues, such as:
Poor oral health is linked to a variety of serious health issues, from heart disease to diabetes. Straightening your teeth with Clear Aligner Therapy can improve your smile and help you lead a healthier, happier life.
As with any dental procedure, your commitment to the process helps to ensure you get the most out of your treatment. To help you get the best possible results from your Clear Aligner Therapy process, consider these helpful tips:
No. The fact that clear aligners are so much more comfortable than metal braces is one of the main benefits of the treatment. The aligners are custom-crafted specifically to fit the contours of your mouth, and the soft edges eliminate the irritation usually caused by the metal wires and brackets used with braces.
Clear Aligner Therapy is a great way to straighten teeth and correct mild to moderate bite alignment problems. Thousands of patients across the country prefer the Clear Aligner Therapy system to traditional metal braces because of its discreet straightening method and increased comfort. However, Clear Aligner Therapy is not right for everyone.
In order to be an ideal candidate for Clear Aligner Therapy, you should:
The best way to find out whether or not Clear Aligner Therapy is right for you is to schedule a complimentary Clear Aligner Therapy consultation with Dr. Lance Loveless. During your consultation, Dr. Loveless will complete a thorough evaluation of your oral health and determine if you are a good candidate for treatment. In some cases, he may recommend treating other issues, such as cavities or gum disease before starting your Clear Aligner Therapy treatment.
Temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), refers to a group of disorders that causes pain in the jaw joints and supporting muscles. TMJ dysfunction is commonly categorized as:
Bite misalignment can contribute to a variety of chronic pain issues related to TMJ. Depending on your situation, Dr. Loveless may recommend Clear Aligner Therapy as part of a comprehensive treatment plan to address conditions related to malocclusion.
If you’d like to schedule your free Clear Aligner Therapy consultation with Dr. Loveless, please contact BridgeView Dental today by completing the form on this page or calling (512) 265-5818. We welcome patients from throughout the Austin area, including West Lake Hills and Lakeway.
*Results may vary.