A straight smile with perfectly aligned teeth is certainly beautiful. Proper alignment also has a number of oral health benefits that are leading more adults to seek orthodontic treatment than ever before.
A straight smile leads to a comfortable bite and ideal jaw function and is also easier to clean, reducing the risk of decay and periodontal disease.
Many of our professional and socially active older teen and adult patients prefer to avoid the brackets and wires associated with traditional orthodontics. At Oak Tree Dentistry, Elk Grove dentist Dr. Pritpal Gill offers an invisible alternative.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect Invisible Braces
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are similar concepts under two different brand names. Both replace the need for brackets and wires on the teeth by using a series of clear, smooth plastic aligners to gradually move teeth into ideal alignment.
Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect have a number of advantages over traditional orthodontics and can treat nearly every misalignment concern.
Benefits of Invisible Braces
Patients prefer clear aligners for many valid reasons:
- Removable for eating and cleaning teeth
- No dietary restrictions
- Smooth and comfortable
- Nearly invisible, even to people sitting right across from you
- Shorter treatment times, in some cases
An orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Gill will determine if you are a good candidate for invisible braces.
Getting Started with Clear Braces
Once you decide that you want a straight smile, getting started is easy. You will have a personal consultation with Dr. Gill to discuss treatment time estimates and costs. Then, he will gather valuable information for planning your new smile. Dr. Gill uses the latest iTero digital scan technology to obtain 3-D images of your teeth and predict your final results.
- Teeth and bone evaluation
- X-rays and photos of teeth
- Digitally scanned impressions
In some cases, small tooth-colored buttons, called engagers or attachments, will be applied to teeth to assist in movement. We remove them completely at the end of treatment.
Straightening Teeth with Invisalign and ClearCorrect
Because aligners are removable, we depend on patient compliance to ensure great results.
- Wear aligners for about 22 hours per day
- Remove them only to eat and for brushing and flossing
- Use each set of aligners for 2 to 3 weeks before graduating to the next set
- Keep regular maintenance appointments with Dr. Gill
- Clean aligners with lukewarm water and a gentle aligner cleaner
- Avoid leaving them in a hot car or where pets can reach them
Working together, we can help you achieve the straight, healthy smile you have always wanted.
Orthodontic Retainers to Protect Your Smile
As with all orthodontic treatment, wearing a retainer will prevent your teeth from drifting out of alignment. We offer a number of alternatives for our patients to choose from to make retainer use convenient.
Are You Ready for a Straight Smile?
Dr. Gill is here to help you decide the best way to improve your oral health. His personal approach to treatment focuses on what will work best for you, taking your unique needs into account.
Give us a call to arrange a consultation. We warmly welcome new patients from Elk Grove, Sacramento, Galt, Lodi, Roseville and the surrounding communities.
We look forward to seeing your smile!