What are Clear Aligners?
Crooked teeth can make you self conscious about your smile and affect your social interactions. Additionally, they hinder your dental hygiene which can lead to gum disease and tooth decay. Fortunately, clear aligners have revolutionized orthodontic treatment. They are like invisible dental braces. Clear aligners, marketed under names such as Invisalign, SmartMoves and ClearCorrect, are an effective orthodontic treatment your dentist in Fort Lauderdale uses to reposition your teeth with clear plastic aligners instead of clunky metal braces. Similar to traditional braces, clear aligners are designed to make small movements over time by applying gentle pressure to your teeth. Numerous patients of Dr. Nancy Rotroff and Dr. Gerard Wasselle at Excellence in Dentistry have achieved great results with clear aligners.
How Are Clear Aligners Better Than Metal Braces?
While you can achieve your orthodontic goals with either clear aligners or metal braces, clear aligners have several advantages.
Care and Maintenance
Unlike traditional braces which can be difficult to clean around and may require special tools for cleaning under wires and around metal brackets, your oral hygiene routine is virtually unaffected when you select clear aligners. Simply remove your clear aligner and brush and floss thoroughly.
For most patients, the number one advantage to clear aligners is they are nearly invisible. Clear aligners allow you to straighten your teeth discreetly without unsightly metal brackets and wires.
Repositioning your teeth will cause discomfort whether you select traditional or invisible braces. Clear aligners do have an advantage over traditional metal braces in that there are no sharp metal brackets or wires which are known to poke and cause sores.
Do I Need A Dentist To Get Clear Aligners?
While over the counter or take-home aligners like SmileDirectClub or Byte tend to advertise a smaller price tag when compared with the professional grade products offered by your dentist in Fort Lauderdale, the end result of at-home aligners are not always cheaper. When your treatment is not directly supervised by a dental professional, it may not go as planned or your final result may not be what you were hoping for.
Prior to starting any orthodontic treatment, your dentist on Commercial Blvd. in Fort Lauderdale will conduct a thorough dental exam to ensure your teeth and gums are healthy and your mouth is cavity-free. A professional dental cleaning is recommended as well. Throughout your orthodontic treatment, your dentist will monitor your progress with follow up visits involving a quick evaluation of your teeth and the fit of the current aligners. If no issues arise, a typical appointment lasts about 15 minutes.
Considering clear aligners for straightening your teeth? Get the care and treatment you need from an experienced dentist. At Excellence in Dentistry, Dr. Nancy Rotroff and Dr. Gerard Wasselle have over 60 years combined experience providing the highest quality dental care. If you are ready for the smile you've always wanted, call our office today at 954-928-1666 to schedule an appointment.