A Complete Guide to Getting Clear Braces at Your Dental Clinic

Do you want a straighter smile without the embarrassment and hassle of bulky metal braces?

Clear aligners are the solution for you!

You can get a consultation at your dental clinic to make sure that clear braces will be able to achieve the perfect smile you want. The technology is pretty amazing, but some severe alignment issues still require traditional braces.

In the case of crooked teeth, minor overbites or underbites, gaps, and more, invisible braces can be an easy and discreet way to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

Read on for more!

Everything You Need To Know About Getting Clear Braces at Your Dental Clinic

If you’re considering clear braces, you’re probably curious about these common questions. Read on to find out what the answers are to these questions.

How Much Do Clear Aligners Cost?

While it depends on several factors, such as the severity of the misalignment, the time required, and the labor performed by your doctor, clear braces are comparable to the cost of metal braces. In some cases, even less!

Do They Hurt?

Many users report a significantly less painful experience with clear braces vs metal ones.

Rather than the periodic tightening of metal brackets, clear braces straighten the teeth much more gently with subtle adjustments on a new set every two weeks or so.

How Much Do I Have To Wear Them?

You need to wear your clear aligners 20-22 hours a day for best results.

You have the convenience of taking them in and out whenever you want, but you can’t expect straighter teeth without wearing them every day.

Can I Eat and Drink With Clear Aligners?

You can drink water with your clear aligners in, but that’s about it.

There are a few reasons why: you want to avoid staining the aligners (red wine teeth, anyone?), you want to protect the aligners from decay, and you don’t want anything stuck between the aligners and your teeth that could cause cavities.

So, it is recommended that you remove the aligners during meals. Rinse them when you take them out to keep them nice and clear. Brush your teeth after you’re done eating or enjoying any drink other than water (especially coffee, soda, or alcohol).

It may seem like a big lifestyle change at first, but once you get used to it, it’s no big deal. Your teeth will probably be cleaner than ever!

Stash a travel toothbrush and paste in your car, desk at work, purse or briefcase, and anywhere else you may need it!

How Long Do They Take?

Clear aligners take about one to one and a half years for many patients. However, each case varies. It also makes a big difference if you actually wear them the recommended 20-22 hours a day.

Consult your dental clinic for a more specific expectation.

Now You Know!

A perfect smile is totally within reach! Take the plunge and get a consultation for clear aligners today!

If you’re in the La Mesa area, call Collaborative Dental at 619-464-4346 to schedule an appointment. You can also schedule your appointment online!