Clear Aligner Treatment: Comfortable Orthodontics To Restore Healthy Bite and Teeth Alignment

Every day, our team of cosmetic dentists completes beautiful smiles with clear aligner therapy. This orthodontic system uses a series of teeth aligners to gently align teeth with minimal discomfort and disruptions. To straighten your smile with clear aligners in Riverside, California, please schedule an appointment with our team at Gerald Middleton DDS. Drs. Gerald Middleton and Adria Cate will give you a smile you’ll absolutely love without traditional braces. 

How clear aligner therapy works

Clear braces use the same principle as traditional braces to straighten teeth — applying slow, steady force on the teeth to achieve the desired alignment. However, clear aligner therapy uses removable, customized plastic trays to move teeth instead of metal braces and brackets. 

The treatment starts with a consultation with our dental team to determine your eligibility for invisible braces. If you are an ideal candidate, we use a digital scanner to create impressions of your teeth. Then, we simulate your treatment using 3D technology to establish how and when each tooth moves during treatment. This technology allows us to predict your final treatment outcome and timeline. 

Our dental lab designs a treatment sequence using aligners based on the dental images and your treatment plan. Most patients require 18-30 aligners, depending on the complexity of the case. You should wear each set of aligners for about 14 days before shifting to the next in line. This pattern continues until you achieve your orthodontic goals. 

And before we forget, you must wear your aligners 20-22 hours daily. Also, you should see your dentist every 6-8 weeks to monitor treatment progress and make refinements to accelerate your treatment. 

Benefits of clear aligners

Clear braces are effective in straightening crooked or overcrowded teeth, correcting gapped teeth, and fixing malocclusion cases, including overbites, crossbites, open bites, etc. This versatile orthodontic system is popular among teenagers and adults because of its many benefits.

Some include:

  • Invisible treatment: Clear braces are barely noticeable by onlookers.
  • Comfort: Clear aligners are gentle on your gums and cheeks.
  • Convenience: You can remove the aligners during important events or when eating or cleaning your teeth. 
  • Speed: Clear aligners are faster than traditional braces in most cases.

Clear aligner treatment may not be for everyone, but it may be right for you. To learn whether you’re a prime candidate for invisible teeth straightening, please call (951) 688-3442 to schedule an appointment with Gerald Middleton, DDS.