Weighing Your Alignment Options

Prairie Village, KS, dentist offers clear aligners

If you are searching for the best way to achieve a symmetrical smile, you may be overwhelmed by the options available to you. There are many types of braces, clear aligners, and at-home services that can be used. Before deciding the best treatment plan for your needs, you should understand how each method works. Today, your Prairie Village, KS, dentist is here to explain the process of clear aligners and how they compare to alternatives.

Metal Or Ceramic Braces

When people think of orthodontics, one of the first things that comes to mind is braces. In the modern world, several options fall under this category. Many offices offer traditional metal wires and brackets as well as ceramic braces. This method is a great solution for patients looking to achieve an even smile. They will be bonded to your teeth, and every few weeks adjustments to the bands and wires may be made. The downside of this option is, of course, the visual aspect. Even with less visible ceramic braces, these are noticeable to others. As teenagers or children, this may not be a problem. However, some people may enjoy a more discreet option.

At-Home Straighteners

Some companies offer the option to have retainers sent to you at home to be done in a self-guided process. While this may seem tempting due to fewer visits to the orthodontist, this may not be the most effective option. A remote treatment can raise some concerns because a professional is not able to monitor if your alignment is being properly adjusted. In addition to this, if the company closes, you may be left without care. For instance, at the end of last year, the Smile Direct Club closed without warning to customers. This left many patients without their records or continued treatment.

Dentist Guided Clear Aligners

For patients looking for a more discreet way to adjust their smile, clear aligners may be the best option. In addition to their discretion, this method takes less time than traditional orthodontics. First, you will need a consultation to determine if you are eligible. Clear aligners work to target the visual aspect of your smile. For patients with more severe overcrowding, alternative methods may be suggested.

If you are determined to be a good candidate, the process can begin. Measurements of your smile will be used to create your custom trays. You will wear these every day and change retainers as instructed. You can take these out to eat, drink, and do your oral hygiene, but they should be kept in for the majority of the day. In as little as three months, you will have a symmetrical smile.

Schedule A Consultation Today

Ready to start the straightening process? Talk to Dr. Browne and his team today about your options by calling our office in Prairie Village, KS, today at (913) 901-8585.