In this post, well look at clear teeth aligners – everything you need to know. If you’re new to orthodontic treatment, it can seem intimidating at first. However, today aligners like Invisalign make treatment convenient, more comfortable, and get results faster.

Also, Invisalign is affordable with flexible payment plans from Potter Orthodontics.

Even better, you can find out if Invisalign could work for you without leaving home. Dr. Potter is offering free virtual consultations. It’s easy, fast, and safer than ever to get the facts from an Invisalign expert in Fullerton and Yorba Linda.

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Now, let’s look at everything you need to know about clear teeth aligners.

Clear Aligners: The Pros and Cons

Over eight million people have benefitted from Invisalign, with the vast majority getting fantastic results. Thus, people of all ages get the smiles they dream of in less time with less hassle. All the time, Invisalign is improving and getting even better.

The Pros:

  1. Invisalign aligners come out so you can eat whatever you like, unlike braces.
  2. Invisalign works for people of all ages and is growing in popularity with adults.
  3. Clear aligners are nearly invisible, so most people won’t know you’re working on your smile. Feel more confident from day one.
  4. You can see what your smile will look like with a smile preview.
  5. The SmartTrack material is precisely fitted to your unique smile with the latest 3D scanning and software technology.
  6. Aligners are generally more comfortable with gradual adjustments.
  7. Aligners have no wire or brackets, so you don’t need as many office visits for adjustments.
  8. You don’t have to have dental insurance, and treatment is affordable with low monthly payments and 0% interest.
  9. Treatment time is reasonable, averaging around nine to fourteen months, but it varies depending on your unique smile.
  10. Invisalign costs about the same as braces in many cases. 

The Cons:

  1. Aligners come out quickly but can also be lost if you aren’t careful (like a retainer).
  2. You have to wear aligners almost all the time, at least 22 hours a day. 
  3. Braces might work better and faster in more serious cases.
  4. You’ll wear a retainer after treatment (with braces or aligners).

As you can see, the pros outweigh the cons of clear aligners. Best of all, you can get the smile you always wanted for life and avoid potential oral health problems. However, this is true for both clear aligners and braces.

How Many Aligners Will I Wear?

As noted, one of the best parts of clear aligners is they are more comfortable. They are precisely custom-fit to your teeth. Also, treatment is comfortable because your teeth very gradually move as you wear a series of aligners. The number of aligners you’ll wear is generally between 18 and 30. You’ll wear a set for a couple of weeks and then change to the next set in the series. Easy.

Are Aligners Faster Than Braces?

Each person’s unique smile means treatment times vary widely. Generally, Invisalign works relatively fast, at nine to 14 months. On the other hand, braces average 18 to 30 months. However, braces can be a better option for serious malocclusions (crooked teeth) and misalignments. Thus, you would expect a more prolonged treatment to achieve a perfect smile.

In some cases, braces can work faster. It depends on the individual smile and how much the teeth need to move, among other factors. Before any treatment, Dr. Potter will go over all the options to help you choose the most effective customized treatment plan.

For all orthodontic treatment, you can expect results faster than years ago. Technology has advanced, and both aligners and braces are much better, more discreet, and more efficient than ever.

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Dr. Jeff Potter and the team at Potter Orthodontics look forward to helping you get your dream smile! Find out about the extra steps we are taking to ensure everyone’s safety as we resume care in our Yorba Linda and Fullerton offices. 

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