La Mesa Clear Braces Dentistry
Clear aligner therapy, often called clear braces, is a technique that has evolved with the dental landscape over the last decade. It is a safe and clinically proven alternative to metal braces that produces dramatic results. Almost 80% of the candidates for metal braces can opt for Invisalign or ClearCorrect,popular brands of clear aligners, for faster more comfortable results. Although Invisalign and ClearCorrect are the most widely known brands of clear aligners, they are not the only options available. There are many different clear aligners, or even invisible braces as called by some, and each dentist uses their own preferred brand.
Collaborative Dental strives to practice on the cutting edge of La Mesa clear braces dentistry and stay up to date with all of the new technology that emerges in the field. The technological landscape of dentistry is likely to continue evolving so we prefer to offer La Mesa clear braces dentistry and the best, most contemporary dental service available. Clear aligner therapy is the most advanced procedure in orthodontics, largely overshadowing metal braces. Dr. Fung and the staff at Collaborative Dental love their La Mesa patients and treat them like extended family at every visit. We will go out of our way to help our patients achieve and maintain their most beautiful smile. Dazzling straight teeth aid in a stunning appearance and we feel that everyone is entitled to have that fabulous smile.
What is clear aligner therapy or clear braces?
Clear aligners are a clinically proven safe and effective alternative to metal braces that produces powerful results. Most often, the procedure is favored by patients and dentists alike. Clear aligner therapy is tailored specifically to each individual for optimal results and is quite a bit more discreet that metal braces. Patients love the fact that the clear braces are virtually invisible and can be removed.
How does clear aligner therapy, or clear braces, work?
The procedure involves a series of clear aligners that are custom tailored for each individual. Each aligner is worn for a period of time, usually about two weeks or so, before being exchanged for the next in the series. The clear aligners slowly move the teeth into the desired position because they are worn about twenty hours per day. There is no pain associated with wearing the aligners and they are removable so the patient is able to easily take them out for eating and brushing.
How long does the clear aligner therapy process take?
Between thirteen and sixteen months is a good average to achieve the desired results with clear aligner therapy. However, each case is different and the time period may vary depending on exactly what is being treated. Some people may see results faster than others. Many times, clear braces are used to treat crooked teeth or adjust spacing issues. Other times, clear aligner therapy can the solution when braces fail to achieve results.
Why is clear aligner therapy preferred over metal braces?
Everyone has different preferences, but clear braces seem to be the more appeasing choice over metal braces. Since clear braces involve working with clear aligners, they can be easily removed for cleaning without a visit to the dentist. Clear aligners aren’t permanently fixed to teeth so they can be taken out at a person’s discretion. Another big benefit is that they don’t change a person’s appearance as drastically as traditional metal braces and that also appeals to people. With clear braces people don’t have to worry about food getting stuck in their braces or in between teeth because the clear aligners can be taken out cleaned at your discretion.
What brand of clear aligners does Collaborative Dental use?
Collaborative Dental offers their patients ClearCorrect aligners because they are the highest quality product available at a reasonable price. ClearCorrect also uses the newest 3D technology to produce more accurate tray aligners than Invisalign, which still uses an outdated method. ClearCorrect tray aligners are more customized for each individual patient and they are made out of stronger plastic so they are more durable than those offered by Invisalign. Many patients tend to grind their teeth, especially at night, so it is absolutely vital to have the strongest product available. Additionally, ClearCorrect is manufactured right here in America, supporting the local economy. Invisalign outsources their manufacturing to China and India where the labor is cheaper and quality control standards are very lenient. By offering our patients ClearCorrect, we know they are getting a superior product at a significant savings because ClearCorrect aligners cost up to 30% less than their Invisalign counterpart.
Are there age restrictions for clear aligner therapy?
There is no specific age regulation for clear aligner therapy but it is not recommended for children. All bone formation must be complete and the teeth should be fully erupted to achieve optimal results with this procedure. Although, it is very popular among adults, not everyone is an automatic candidate for this procedure. There are some conditions that must be met to ensure that the process is safe and maximum results can be achieved.
What makes a good candidate for clear aligner therapy?
A good candidate for clear aligner therapy, or clear braces, is an adult with concerns about minor crowding or tooth rotation. Candidates can also be individuals with concerns about spacing between teeth, as long as it is 5mm or less. Additionally, if someone has previously had metal braces and they are not happy with the results or if the teeth have relapsed then clear aligner therapy, or clear braces, may be the answer. If you think you may be a candidate or are considering a teeth straightening procedure, your dentist can tell you for sure. Dr. Fung is always happy to evaluate La Mesa patients as to their candidacy for clear aligner therapy. He will sit down and answer all of your questions in detail.
What if I am missing a tooth?
A missing tooth can present some issues for clear aligner therapy, but that is not always the case. Many times it is a great opportunity for you and your dentist to explore some options for that space, as there are usually many viable choices. Other times teeth may slowly move to fill in that space. Every patient is different, however, and a missing tooth does not automatically exclude you from being a candidate for clear aligner therapy. Many times the location of the missing tooth is also a big consideration. If you have a missing tooth, but you are interested in clear aligner therapy, the best thing to do is to come into Collaborative Dental in La Mesa for an evaluation and consultation with Dr. Fung and his highly trained staff.
Can I wear clear braces when eating and drinking?
You can drink water with clear braces, but other beverages and foods should be avoided unless braces are removed, and you rinse your mouth afterward. It is important not to wear braces when eating and drinking because debris and sugar can damage aligners.
What foods or drinks should be avoided with clear braces?
Most drinks and meals can be enjoyed once you remove your clear braces, and make it a habit of brushing and flossing before wearing your aligners.
What material is used to create clear braces?
Clear braces are made of high-grade ceramic or plastic composite.
How do clear braces compare to traditional metal braces?
Metal braces may work in less time, but clear braces remain an attractive option to treat dental issues if the patient wishes to wear something less noticeable. A qualified dentist will help you select the best option for your specific oral health needs.
Do I need to change my invisible braces?
I would recommend you change the trays for your invisible braces at least every two weeks. If you do not notice any visible improvements to your teeth, you may need to replace your tray before or after this two-week period. Consult with your dentist or orthodontist to help determine if the clear aligners are working and whether they need to be changed.
How long does it take to begin straightening your teeth?
Clear aligners can begin working in less than six months, but more serious cases of misalignment or crowding will need more time. The specific needs of the patient will determine how long it will take to see results. A moderate or severe case could take up to a year and a half to complete the treatment for teeth straightening.
Will clear braces treat issues like jaw misalignment, gaps, buck teeth, TMJ, or severe crowding?
Patients can treat minor dental issueswith clear aligner therapy. Small gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, and misalignment problems can be corrected with clear braces. However, pain and symptoms associated with TMJ are not effectively treated with clear aligners.
What type of insurance does Collaborative Dental accept?
Collaborative Dental proudly accepts many different insurances for your convenience. If you don’t see your carrier listed here, feel free to call the office and we will gladly attempt to verify your coverage for you.
- Aetna PPO & Aetna Discount Plan
- Assurant PPO – In Network
- Blue Cross Dental Blue: 100/200/300
- Cigna PPO
Delta Dental (Premiere Provider)
MetLife TriCare Dental Program
United Concordia PPO
United Concordia (Active Duty) – ADDP
Delta Dental PPO (Effective in 2 months)
- GEHA Connection Dental Network – Includes Connection Dental, Dominion PPO, Principal Mutual Life PPO, United Healthcare Dental PPO, Lincoln Dental Connect, and Guardian PPO
Clear aligner therapy from a superior La Mesa dentist
At Collaborative Dental we understand how important straight teeth and a big beautiful smile are to our clients. A great smile can take years off of your appearance and dramatically boost your confidence. We are always happy to offer multiple options that fight every budget so that our patients can best care for their teeth. If you are considering clear aligner therapy or some other form of clear braces for straighter teeth, Collaborative Dental can help. Dr. Fung and his friendly staff have a proven track record of success in the La Mesa area. They have been providing clear aligner therapy procedures and routine dental maintenance to patients in the La Mesa area for several years. In addition, we offer a variety of general dentistry services and cosmetic dentistry services designed to help you maintain oral health and a beautiful smile, including cleanings, fillings, root canals, crowns, bridges, whitening treatments, dental implants and beyond. If you are considering having your teeth straightened, or you just have questions about clear braces or another one of our dental services, give Dr. Fung a call today. You can call our office at (619) 464-4346 to schedule a visit or set up an appointment online with our easy appointment request form. Come meet the dentist and be a part of the family at Collaborative Dental in La Mesa. We don’t think that straight teeth should be complicated or expensive, so our goal is to help you achieve a fabulous smile with fast, effective treatments.