Many adults who did not have the opportunity to have braces when they were younger are often unhappy with the misalignment of their smile as an adult. They may feel as though they are past the appropriate age to have orthodontic work done to enhance their appearance. However, thanks to continued dental advances, patients can now achieve a more beautiful smile without traditional braces. Instead, they can enjoy a discreet solution such as clear aligner therapy.

What is clear aligner therapy? Dr. Dean Dietrich of Pleasant Dental in the Dolton area describes clear aligner therapy as an alternative to using metal brackets and wires to reposition the teeth. Clear aligner therapy achieves results by creating a series of plastic trays for each patient based on impressions of the teeth. Each tray is to be worn over the dental arch for two weeks and then patients use the next one in the series. At the end of treatment, the smile is drastically improved and patients can enjoy smiling, laughing, and talking with others.

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Aligner treatment does require compliance. Patients must wear their trays day and night and only remove them to care for the smile, eat, or drink. Failing to use the trays properly can delay the results as well as cause additional expenses if more trays need to be fabricated. This is why we recommend this treatment to adults serious about getting their dream smiles!

Treatment with aligner therapy is appropriate for patients who have mild to moderate misalignment of the dental arch and/or bite. It can reduce gaps between teeth, turn crooked teeth, and align teeth across the dental arch. Patients considering Invisalign find that treatment is often comparable in cost with traditional orthodontics, and enjoy the ability to work with the dentist they already know and trust throughout the process. This eliminates the need for a referral to an orthodontist.

If you reside in the area of Dolton and want to speak to a dental professional about the advantages of using clear aligner therapy to achieve better alignment of the smile, contact the team of Pleasant Dental to schedule an appointment with Dr. Dean Dietrich.

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