Clear aligners offer a way to create a straighter smile without spending a year or longer in metal braces. One of many advanced services offered by Mark A Porter, DDS, and Shane Porter, DDS, in San Antonio, Texas, clear aligners are a wonderful fit for many adults and teens. Book a consultation online or by phone today to learn more.
The Mark A Porter, DDS team proudly offers SureSmile®, one of the top orthodontic systems on the market. The clear aligners created by SureSmile can address a wide range of common alignment issues.
Some of the issues that SureSmile can resolve include:
In some cases, metal braces offer a better treatment path. Your dentist uses advanced intraoral digital imaging and treatment planning software to determine if SureSmile is right for you.
It takes a few weeks for your first sets of aligners to arrive from the lab. When you come back to the office, your dentist shows you how to place and remove them.
Wearing your aligners at all times is essential and creates the gentle pressure needed to slowly shift your teeth into enhanced positioning. Take your clear aligners out only to brush and floss your teeth and during meals.
Switching to a new set of clear aligner trays every couple of weeks keeps your treatment plan moving forward. Periodic office visits ensure you remain on track for a straighter and healthier smile.
Most people are great candidates for clear aligners. When considering your options, one thing to keep in mind is the importance of complying with your treatment guidelines. Aligners can only work while they’re being worn.
A degree of soreness is normal for a day or two after changing to a new set of aligners. This is similar to the feeling of having a new treatment wire replaced with metal braces. The sensation resolves relatively quickly if you leave your trays in place as directed.
If you feel that you or your teen might struggle to comply with treatment guidelines, metal braces might be a better approach because the components of metal braces are affixed to your teeth.
If you have additional questions about clear aligners, booking a visit at Mark A Porter, DDS, is fast and easy, whether you choose to connect with the practice online or over the phone.