Modern technology and advancements in orthodontic care have enhanced the comfort and convenience with which patients can achieve a straight and gorgeous smile. Clear teeth aligners are one such advancement that gradually moves the teeth through a collection of custom-made mouth trays. Common dental issues, like gapped or crooked teeth and bite misalignments, can be corrected by wearing clear teeth aligners. Experienced orthodontic specialist Dr. Michael Ashcraft is proud to offer a range of orthodontic solutions to meet the needs of Little Rock, AR patients. Thanks to their discreet nature and expedited treatment timeframe, clear teeth aligners have become a popular choice among adults needing braces to improve their function or appearance. If you wish to achieve a straighter smile and improve your self-confidence with a discreet approach to care, schedule a visit at Ashcraft Orthodontics Little Rock and learn if clear teeth aligners are the treatment solution for you.
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Clear teeth aligners are an excellent choice for teen and adult patients who want to avoid the look of conventional metal braces. These custom orthodontic appliances are made of a smooth, comfortable material that offers a nearly invisible aesthetic. Clear aligners are so discreet that your friends, family, and co-workers will likely not realize that you are wearing them. Home care is easier when you choose this advanced orthodontic approach as clear aligners are easily removed for brushing and flossing and when enjoying a meal. There are no dietary restrictions, and the aligners are easy for you to maintain and clean on a daily basis. If you are involved in sports, clear aligners may also be an ideal choice over traditional braces, which could cause injury to the soft tissue upon impact.
You may be an ideal candidate clear aligners if you have any of the following orthodontic issues:
- Crossbite or openbite
- Underbite or overbite
- Turned or rotated teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Gapped teeth
What to Expect
Dr. Ashcraft will evaluate your teeth, jaw, and oral health to help you determine if clear aligners are a good option for your smile. He will also listen to your concerns and consider your lifestyle and treatment goals. Our team will also take a low-radiation digital panoramic x-ray of your teeth and jaw along with easy digital impressions of your upper and lower arches. From this information, our dental lab will create a series of clear aligner trays that will be customized to your unique treatment needs.
Each set of trays in the series will be worn for about two weeks and then switched out for the next set in line. Over the course of your treatment, your teeth will gradually move into their planned position, resulting in a straighter and healthier smile. To ensure the best possible results, you must wear your trays for at least 20 hours each day and only remove them when eating and for brushing and flossing.
To ensure that your teeth are moving as planned and your treatment stays on track, we will schedule appointments for you at our office every 4 – 6 weeks so that Dr. Ashcraft can monitor your progress. When your teeth have reached their final position and your orthodontic treatment is complete, we will take new impressions and create an upper and lower retainer for your mouth. Retainers are made of the same clear, comfortable material and hold your teeth in place until your underlying jawbone stabilizes. Wearing your retainers as recommended by Dr. Ashcraft is important to keeping your teeth straight and in the proper position. If you happen to lose or damage any of your clear teeth aligners or retainers, please contact our office right away so that we can create a new one for you and minimize interruption in your care.
Depending on your insurance plan and provider, orthodontic treatment with clear teeth aligners may be covered, or at least in part. To better understand your benefits, we will contact your insurance company and review your coverage amounts. Any out-of-pocket expenses will be presented to you before beginning your treatment. Ashcraft Orthodontics Little Rock accepts most major insurance plans and offers convenient in-house financing, special patient financing through CareCredit®, and easy payment options.
At Ashcraft Orthodontics Little Rock, we believe that everyone has the right to enjoy a brilliant, healthy smile, no matter your age. Adults and teens alike may benefit from wearing clear teeth aligners that offer discreet options for correcting problems, like crowding, gaps, or bite misalignments. If you or your teen are interested in learning more about straightening teeth the clear way, schedule a visit with Dr. Ashcraft at our Little Rock, AR practice today.