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Clear Aligners


A hand holding clear aligners at Dougherty Orthodontics

Why Clear Aligners - Are They Worth It?


When most people think about dental braces, they imagine wearing ugly devices with lots of wires. However, braces have come a long way from these traditional orthodontic devices. At Dougherty Orthodontics, we offer the latest orthodontic devices that are guaranteed to deliver the best results, including clear aligners. These clear aligners offer the same teeth straightening and alignment benefits as the traditional braces, but with one major difference - they are clear and thus barely visible.

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How Do Clear Aligners Work?


Unlike dental braces that use metal or ceramic brackets and an archwire to shift the position of the teeth, clear aligners use plastic "trays" (aligners). These aligners are customized to the structure of your teeth, with a slight adjustment based on the desired tooth position. It is these plastic "trays" that provide the force that is required to shift the position of the teeth. With time, a new set of aligners will be needed to continue shifting the teeth (the same way that traditional aligners require adjusting). The process continues until you achieve your desired results.

Why Choose Clear Aligners?


One of the main reasons why clear aligners are considered to be a better option compared to other orthodontic appliances is the fact that they are clear and virtually invisible. As a result, they offer you a discreet treatment option, which allows you to keep your orthodontic problems private. Clear aligners, while virtually invisible, are also more attractive than metal braces or even ceramic braces. Wearing them is thus a sure way to boost your self-image and confidence.

Aside from the aesthetics, clear aligners also offer several other benefits such as:
•  Comfort. Clear aligners are made from a soft plastic material, which is soft to the teeth and gums. On top of that, clear aligners do not involve tightening of brackets and wires, something that can place excessive tension on the teeth and gums, causing you discomfort. Clear aligners are thus more comfortable to wear.
•  Improved oral hygiene. Another difference between clear aligners and dental braces is that they are removable. As a result, you can remove them for normal brushing, flossing, and rinsing. You can also remove the aligners and clean them of any food particles and dental plaque that might have been trapped.
•  No diet restrictions. When wearing braces, you have to avoid some foods such as sticky foods, sugary foods, and hard foods that can cause damage to your teeth and braces. However, with clear aligners, you can remove them when you are eating, thus allowing you to indulge in all of your favorite food, drinks, and snacks.
•  Protection from teeth grinding. If you have teeth grinding problem, clear aligners can act as special night guards, in addition to aligning your teeth. This can help to protect them from additional damage during the treatment process.

Clear Aligners Results


Clear aligners are among the latest dental appliances for treating orthodontic problems. The aligners are custom-designed with the help of computer software and based on your current and desired teeth position. They are therefore very effective in shifting the teeth. The results of clear aligners, however, vary from patient to patient due to factors such as age, the severity of the dental problem, and how they have been worn.

Do you have orthodontic problems you need to be fixed? Clear aligners can do that for you and in a discreet and stylish manner. Call us, Dougherty Orthodontics, at (747) 264-5164 to find out more about clear aligners and how they can help you.

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