Invisalign and Spark Clear Aligner System Treatment
For teens and adults, clear aligners can be a great alternative to traditional metal braces for straightening crooked teeth. Invisalign and the Spark Clear Aligner System use clear aligner trays to move teeth without any wires or brackets. Clear aligners are ideal for anyone who wants a straighter smile but is also concerned about the aesthetics of traditional metal braces.
The Many Benefits of Clear Aligners
- Clear aligners fit flush against your teeth, so there are no sharp edges or protruding bits to irritate the inside of your mouth.
- Clear aligners are largely unnoticeable to the naked eye. With clear aligners, a patient can receive teeth-alignment treatment without having to wear traditional metal braces.
- Patients can remove their clear aligner trays to eat and clean their teeth, which makes them much easier to keep clean and care for than metal braces.
- There are no wires or brackets involved with clear aligners.
- At the start of your treatment, you can see an image of how we expect your teeth to look like when treatment is complete.
How Does Invisalign and the Spark Clear Aligner System Work?
After a complimentary initial consultation with Dr. Kendra Pratt Manning, full orthodontic records are taken including a digital scan of the patient’s teeth. This scan allows Dr. Pratt Manning to create a digital treatment plan that is tailored to each patient’s needs. After Dr. Pratt Manning’s approval, the aligners are manufactured, and the patient is scheduled for their aligner delivery. Patients must wear their clear aligner trays for 20 to 22 hours per day to see results. That means that patients can remove them to eat or for special occasions, but patients have to remember to put them back on their teeth. The ability to remove clear aligners makes teeth cleaning a snap, especially when compared to the cleaning process with traditional braces. Our team will make sure that you have all the instructions you need to care for your clear aligners after your appointment.
The Spark Clear Aligner System and Invisalign treatment are excellent for both teenagers and adults who want to straighten their teeth without making significant sacrifices to their lifestyle. While clear aligners may not be suited for everyone, your orthodontist can advise you on whether the aligner system will work for you.
Dr. Kendra Pratt Manning is a certified Premier Preferred Provider of Invisalign and Invisalign Teen in The Woodlands, Montgomery, and Magnolia, Texas areas. She has 18 years of experience with Invisalign and Invisalign Teen, and she is always happy to discuss potential treatment options. Dr. Kendra Pratt Manning is also an experienced provider of the Spark Clear Aligner System, which is an alternative to Invisalign and Invisalign Teen.
For Invisalign and Spark Clear Aligner System treatment in The Woodlands, Magnolia, and Montgomery, Texas areas, give Dr. Kendra Pratt Manning a call at 281-367-0050 (Woodlands) or 936-596-1200 (Montgomery). For more information about our office in The Woodlands, Texas, visit our website. Our office is open weekdays, we have before and after school appointments, and we are happy to answer any questions that you may have about clear aligner cost, care, and treatment plans.
Clear Aligners FAQs
Clear aligners are popular because of their aesthetic appeal. Many people also enjoy being able to eat a wider variety of foods because the aligners can easily be removed for mealtimes. While they aren’t for everyone, clear aligners are an excellent treatment if you need to straighten crooked teeth or fix misaligned bites.
Aligners are clear orthodontic devices you can use to gradually move your teeth. Because they are designed to be clear replicas of your teeth, they can easily be removed when you brush your teeth, play sports, or eat food. Like traditional braces, they can be used to fix crooked or misaligned teeth.
The best way to clean your aligners is with a liquid hand or dish soap and your toothbrush. If they become discolored, you can buy a solution for cleaning them or blend a tablespoon of baking soda into water. Then, soak the aligners for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterward, you rinse them off with lukewarm water before putting them in your mouth again.
The cost can vary based on how complex the problem is. For teenagers and adults, clear aligners typically cost between $2,000 and $5,500.
After a scan is taken of your mouth, Dr. Manning will work with a computer system to make sure your teeth are set up with an ideal finish, and then the aligners will be manufactured using 3D printed models. Series of aligners are made, each with a little movement, so your teeth are gradually shifted to a new position. You’ll generally get new trays every 10-14 days, although this can vary based on the type of aligners and your personal needs.
With aligners, you can straighten your teeth in as little as 6 to 18 months, depending on the degree of alignment and bite correction.
While you can take your clear aligners out for eating, flossing, and brushing your teeth, you should wear them for a minimum of 22 hours a day. To keep your teeth from shifting into the wrong position, you should strive to have them in for 23 hours or more.
To prevent plaque and tooth decay, you should never drink any liquid containing sugar when you are wearing your aligners. You shouldn’t play with them, chew on them, or scratch them. Additionally, you should take out your aligners whenever you eat or chew gum.
Aligners are generally more esthetic and more comfortable than braces. They’re also easier to keep clean. Unless you are one of the select few who can only fix their teeth with braces, aligners can be a better choice, but only if they are worn 22 hours a day without taking breaks in your treatment progress.
Clear aligners can fix overbites. Depending on the severity of the overbite, it may take six months to three years.
You can fix certain types of underbites with clear aligners.
Aligners are designed to fix crowded and crooked teeth.
If you have gaps in your smile, wearing aligners can help to move your teeth closer together.
Wearing aligners isn’t painful. If your teeth do feel sore, you can take over-the-counter pain medication.
You should take your aligners out when you eat food. Additionally, you should only drink water or other non-sugary drinks when you’re wearing your aligners.
You should leave your aligners in for 22 or 23 hours a day. If you take them out for too long, your teeth may end up shifting back to their old position and loosing progress on your treatment.
With clear aligners, you can fix gaps in your teeth, overcrowding, and crooked teeth. To learn more about how clear aligners and if they’re right for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Pratt Manning today.