Are your teeth noticeably crooked but you aren’t sure if braces are the right option for you? Do you wonder if wearing metal braces is worth correcting your crooked teeth? Some adult patients might skip orthodontic treatment to avoid the potential inconvenience of braces. With a choice of cosmetic orthodontic options, Dr. Gorman, and Dr. Yassa have made it more comfortable and more cosmetically appealing to straighten crooked teeth! Our cosmetic braces are nearly invisible aligners that remain undetectable, and that you can remove temporarily for optimal convenience.
WHAT ARE CLEAR ALIGNERS?
Cosmetic orthodontics, or clear aligners, are solid, custom-designed appliances made from clear plastic, that fit discreetly over your teeth. The aligners are originally formed to your teeth and dental ridges, but each set is modified to gently guide crooked teeth into their proper alignment. Each new set of aligners adjusts your teeth to a predetermined point and is then exchanged for the next set which continues to gently move your teeth along the prescribed path.
WHAT KINDS OF ALIGNERS DO YOU OFFER?
Options make customizing your treatment more effective, and at Gorman Dental Care, we offer a choice of cosmetic orthodontics to meet and exceed your unique needs and preferences.
Invisalign® is one of the longest-standing cosmetic orthodontic systems, and takes a modern approach to orthodontic correction by eliminating the traditional brackets-and-wires system of conventional braces. Invisalign, instead, involves a series of aligners that are custom-designed to fit over your teeth, and to gently move crooked ones into more desirable positions.
ClearCorrect™ is similar to Invisalign as it also employs a system of clear aligners to straighten teeth gradually. Although the technology and treatment concepts are highly similar, ClearCorrect may be a more cost-effective solution for some patients.
MTM® stands for Minor Tooth Movement, and as the name suggests, MTM aligners are often recommended for patients with minor tooth misalignment. MTM may provide a faster solution than braces, Invisalign, or ClearCorrect by focusing mainly on the cosmetic aspects of your crooked teeth.
WILL I HAVE TO AVOID CERTAIN FOODS?
Because clear aligners can be removed before you eat and drink, you will not have to avoid your favorite foods (unless they naturally pose a threat to your dental health). However, be sure to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth to remove plaque and food particles before replacing your aligners after each meal.
IS THERE A SPECIAL WAY TO CARE FOR MY ALIGNERS?
For optimal results, you may have to wear your aligners throughout the night rather than storing them in a cleaning solution. However, when you brush and floss your teeth, you can also care for your aligners by removing plaque and debris to keep them clean and nearly-invisible.
HOW LONG WILL MY TREATMENT LAST?
Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® are more convenient than braces, but may take a similar amount of time to achieve desired results. On average, patients will have to wear their aligners for 18-24 months, though some patients may complete treatment sooner.
MTM® aligners are designed to address only the cosmetic aspects of your smile, and unlike Invisalign and ClearCorrect, they can often achieve results in as little as six months.
AM I A CANDIDATE FOR COSMETIC ORTHODONTICS?
Many older teen and adult patients with mild to moderate tooth misalignment can be a candidate for cosmetic orthodontics. Patients with more severe cases of malocclusion, however, may require conventional brackets and wires to effectively realign their teeth and bite. After a careful examination, we’ll discuss your options for treatment and whether or not you are a candidate.
Contact Gorman Dental Care today!
At Gorman Dental Care in Santa Clarita/Valencia, CA, Dr. Gorman and his talented, dedicated staff are proud to provide a full range of family and cosmetic dental services, as well as advanced dental implant placement and restorations. Whatever your dental needs, we have the experience and technology to help you enjoy a bright, beautiful, healthy smile once again! To schedule a consultation with Dr. Gorman, or for answers to questions about our practice, please call our dental office in Santa Clarita, CA today at (661) 232-9692.