Invisible Braces in Clinton Township

Are you unhappy with the appearance or comfort of your smile due to crowded, crooked, or misaligned teeth? If so invisible braces treatment in Clinton Township may be the solution you need to achieve the attractive smile of your dreams. 

Whether you had treatment in the past and your teeth have since relapsed, or you’re considering straightening your teeth for the first time, Dr. Aiello offers orthodontic options for adults to straighten their teeth without the need for traditional metal brackets and wires.

We hear many questions about invisible braces treatment, so we’ve shared a few of them below to give you a better understanding of what it is and how it works. If you have questions or are ready to see if clear aligners are the right choice for you, please call Michael Aiello, DDS at (586) 263-6800 to arrange a consultation to get started.

 

How can I straighten my teeth without metal braces?

Most adults who need orthodontic treatment would prefer not to deal with the impact that metal braces would have on their lifestyle and appearance. The brackets and wires irritate your mouth, you have to avoid certain foods, and worst of all, you may be embarrassed about wearing braces “at your age.”

But straightening your teeth with clear aligners in Clinton Township does away with all those inconveniences. Instead of brackets and wires, comfortable plastic aligners gently guide your teeth into the proper position. Since the aligners are also removable you can take them out for meals and to brush and floss thoroughly.

Depending on your needs, you may also see much faster results than you would with metal braces which can take 24 to 30 months to straighten your teeth. Clear aligners, on the other hand, can produce similar results for some patients in just half the time!

Am I a good candidate for invisible braces?

Dr. Aiello is a premier invisible braces provider, which means that he can determine if treatment with clear aligners is ideal for your needs and guide you through the treatment process from start to finish.

During a consultation, Dr. Aiello will perform a thorough examination and take photos and measurements. Gathering this information helps him determine if treatment with clear aligners will help you achieve your goals.

How do clear aligners work?

Clear aligners straighten your teeth utilizing clear plastic trays instead of traditional metal wire and bracket orthodontics. The aligner trays fit snug against your teeth, making them comfortable and easy to wear without interfering with talking or smiling. Your aligners need to be worn at least 22 hours each day to achieve the best results, but they can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing your teeth.

You will receive a new set of aligners every two weeks that will move your teeth according to Dr. Aiello’s specifications. You will be visiting him periodically throughout your treatment to ensure that your teeth are progressing as planned.

What is the process like for getting clear aligners?

The first step is an evaluation with Dr. Aiello at our Clinton Township dental office. He will perform a comprehensive exam to determine the underlying health of your teeth.

He will check your dental bite and take panoramic digital x-rays so he can see a clear view of your entire mouth in one image. This technology is invaluable for helping Dr. Aiello identify bite problems and determine the extent of your misalignment. We will also take impressions and photos of your teeth, all of which will be used to develop your treatment plan.

Dr. Aiello inputs all this information into specialized software that provides a 3-D view of your teeth and jaws, and he uses this as a guide to map out a plan to move your teeth into the desired position. 

We send your treatment plan to a custom lab that prepares several sets of clear aligners, and when we receive them back, we'll have you return to our dental office so we can give you your aligners along with instructions for wearing them.

What kinds of alignment problems do clear aligners fix?

At our Clinton Township dental office, we use clear aligners to address many common alignment issues:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Poorly positioned teeth

If you’re not sure which problem you are dealing with, please call the dental office of Michael Aiello, DDS so we can arrange a consultation to discuss your oral health needs.

What are the benefits of clear aligners?

Clear aligners are ideal for many patients, including adults and teens that might be concerned about straightening their teeth with discretion. They also work well for those with busy schedules since aligners can be changed out at home, which means fewer visits includes throughout your treatment.

There are also no restrictions to your diet throughout treatment with clear aligners since you can remove your aligners to eat meals. Unlike traditional braces, it is easy to stick to your regular home care routine as you’ll be able to brush and floss regularly.

How many hours each day do I have to wear my aligners?

The longer you wear your aligner trays each day, the faster your treatment will be finished. Your goal should be to wear them for at least 22 hours a day and remove them only for meals and oral hygiene.

Yes, it’s convenient to remove them. But remember that if you’re not wearing your aligners, they’re not working and your treatment is not progressing. Worse yet, going for too long without the aligners on your teeth can actually undo the progress you’ve already worked so hard to achieve.

Are there any food restrictions with clear aligners?

No! Your clear aligners are removable so that you can take them out for meals. You will be able to continue following a healthy diet and eating all your favorite foods.

So if you want to indulge in a big juicy steak or corn on the cob, go ahead and enjoy yourself. Just remember that you need to brush your teeth before you place your aligners back in your mouth to avoid bacteria from developing beneath them.

How long does treatment take with clear aligners?

The time it takes to straighten teeth can only be determined by your Clinton Township dentist after an evaluation that include x-rays and a comprehensive dental exam. This is because everyone starts with different types and extents of misalignment.

Generally speaking, Dr. Aiello may be able to treat mild misalignments in as little as a year. More advanced cases where some bite adjustment is required can take 15 or 18 months.

As you can see, treatment times vary widely by individual. If you would like an accurate idea of how long it would take for you, please call us to arrange a consultation.

Why is it a good idea to straighten crooked teeth?

Misaligned teeth also impact your oral health. It is harder to clean teeth that are crooked or overlap improperly, and this increases your risk of developing issues such as tooth decay or gum disease. Bite misalignment can also cause discomfort and problems with your jaw joint.

Do I really need to wear a retainer after clear aligner treatment?

Yes, you do. The first phase of treatment aligns your teeth, and the second or retainer phase maintains the newly aligned position and prevents your teeth from relapsing.

You wore your aligners and kept your teeth healthy during treatment. You invested a lot, and you're thrilled with the results, but you must wear your retainer as instructed to maintain them.

Many adult patients who come to our Clinton Township dental office looking for clear aligners are often here because they neglected to wear their retainer after previous orthodontic treatment.