Clear Aligners makes smiles straighter by using a system of aligners made from clear plastic. These aligners are progressive, which means you wear each aligner for a designated amount of time before moving on to the next. Over time, the series of aligners will move your teeth into a straighter position.
Aligners are so popular due to their clear, subtle appearance and the fact that they are completely removable. When you first start your treatment, our Metairie dentists will take three-dimensional dental images to understand better how your jaw structure looks. We can view your jaw from all angles with these highly detailed scans and zoom in on areas we need to study.
In addition, these scans allow you to see renderings of how your aligner treatment will eventually change your smile and improve your appearance. Once the scans are complete, your dentist will be able to use modern 3-D computer imaging to customize a treatment plan from where your teeth are now to their desired position. After we complete your plan and everyone is satisfied, we will begin fabricating your clear plastic aligners or trays.
After we have fabricated the trays, patients will come into our office to start treatment; they wear each tray of aligners for one or two weeks at a time. These aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into the correct position, so after each set, your teeth will be a little straighter.
This process continues for weeks until the straightening process is complete teeth. The average treatment time is typically 12-18 months, depending on the severity of the case. Actual treatment time varies from patient to patient.