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Braces are the traditional treatment for misaligned, uneven, or crooked teeth. But braces are incredibly uncomfortable and visible, leading to more social anxiety and self-consciousness than crooked teeth. Clear aligners are positioned as the ideal alternative to traditional orthodontics — they straighten your teeth and improve your smile while remaining practically invisible.
 
At Grand River Dental, we stay abreast of the latest developments in cosmetic dentistry to bring you the most effective, impactful, and cosmetically pleasing options. Our clear aligner treatment options (Invisalign and ClearCorrect) are ideal for patients who want straight and uniform teeth without the social discomfort of braces. Please schedule a consultation to learn more about your clear aligners options today.

What are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are transparent dental trays that gently apply pressure on your crooked teeth to move them in the desired direction for optimal alignment. They’re made of special materials that continue applying uniform and gentle pressure without wires, brackets, or other visible components. The dental trays are individually customized according to each patient’s unique oral anatomy.

Am I a candidate for Invisalign?

When you arrive, we will begin with an in-depth consultation and evaluation of your teeth, gums, and jaw. Our doctors will utilize X-rays and advanced imaging technology to get a perfect picture of your teeth, which allows us to determine whether you are a good candidate for veneers. As a general rule, your teeth will have to be structurally healthy to accommodate them safely. If your tooth is too damaged, we may recommend a crown or a dental implant with a customized crown instead.

How Does Invisalign Work?

Clear aligners such as Invisalign are individually constructed for you based on a digital impression of your teeth, processed via specialized software. The computer produces a step-by-step overview of your dental anatomy at every phase of the orthodontic journey. As you wear the aligners, they gently move your teeth towards the desired direction.

You have to keep changing the aligners every few weeks to continue moving your teeth towards the optimal position. The number of clear aligners you’ll need depends entirely on the condition of your teeth and your specific treatment plan. However, most patients need 25 to 40 clear aligners for optimal results.

Each aligner will take you further along in your treatment. As you move from one aligner to the next, your teeth will continue straightening more. By the time you reach the final aligner, your teeth will be perfectly aligned. You’ll have to wear retainers after the final aligner tray to maintain the results.

Benefits of Invisalign

  • Practically invisible
  • No social discomfort or self-consciousness
  • Removable
  • Can be taken off during meals and while brushing
  • Indulge in delicious meals without the fear of stains
  • Maintain optimal oral health
  • Customized to address your specific needs
  • Fits perfectly over the teeth
  • Faster treatment than traditional braces
  • No pain or discomfort
  • No risk of snapped or broken wires
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Clear Aligner Treatment Options

Invisalign


Invisalign is the world’s most popular and pioneering brand of clear aligners. Invisalign has been worn by numerous celebrities, including Zac Efron, Serena Williams, Justin Bieber, Tom Cruise, and many others, which is a testimony to their exceptional quality and effectiveness. Invisalign is strong and innovative enough to handle the toughest and most challenging orthodontic cases.
 
Invisalign aligners are made of a patented SmartTrack material, which provides better fit and comfort than most other materials. The Invisalign journey starts with advanced scanning, which allows you to see every phase of your treatment journey mapped out on a computer screen. You don’t have to imagine perfect teeth anymore; you can see what they’ll look like.

ClearCorrect


ClearCorrect is another incredibly effective treatment option for clear aligners. It’s a completely invisible aligner that allows you to straighten your teeth without visible appliances, dietary restrictions, or obstructions to oral hygiene. ClearCorrect can address most orthodontic cases and situations, regardless of their complexity. Some prefer ClearCorrect because it’s thinner than Invisalign, but it’s also a newer company.
 
Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect are incredibly effective at orthodontic procedures. As such, your dentist will examine your teeth to recommend the ideal treatment modality for your specific needs.

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