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Clear Aligners in Reno, NV

Straighten Your Smile Without Braces

What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners like Invisalign and SureSmile are alternatives to braces, and allow patients at your Reno dentist to correct their smile without uncomfortable, bulky metal braces. These treatments use clear, retainer-like “aligners” to gently shift the position of your teeth, instead of using brackets, braces, and wires. If you are interested in a subtle, convenient, and effective way to straighten your teeth and improve your bite, Dr. Dean is here to help. Contact us now to schedule a consultation at our office in Reno. Don't hesitate to give us a call or stop by our office located at 620 Humboldt Street, Reno, NV 89509.

Why Get Invisalign Or SureSmile?

The Benefits Of Clear Aligners

The most obvious benefit is that clear aligners… are clear! They are made of thin, transparent plastic, and are essentially invisible when worn. This means they will not affect your appearance, unlike braces. This is particularly good for adult patients who may not want to wear traditional braces to straighten their teeth. 

In addition, clear aligners are removable. This means it’s a lot easier and more convenient to brush your teeth, and you also do not have to worry about any dietary restrictions, unlike with braces. 

Typically, treatment time is also shorter compared to braces, and you’ll need fewer, shorter dental visits as your treatment progresses, so this makes clear aligners very convenient, especially if you have a busy schedule.

Invisalign vs. Braces

Traditional braces are made of metal wires and brackets that exert a significant amount of force on the teeth, causing a considerable amount of pain and soreness. Braces require regular visits to the orthodontist to make adjustments and change out elastics. 

The placement of braces also takes a few hours. However, braces can correct severe orthodontic issues that Invisalign cannot, especially tooth rotation, severe bite problems, and moving the teeth up or down.

Invisalign treatment can be mapped out digitally, using digital scans and software that allows you to map out how the teeth will move and what they will look like at the end of treatment. Besides coming into the office to take teeth impressions, regular visits are limited, as no adjustments need to be made. 

You will receive multiple sets of clear aligners to change out every 2 weeks and you will return for checkups about every 6 weeks. Because Invisalign aligners are removable, treatment is more hygienic. It’s easier to thoroughly clean the surfaces of the teeth and floss away food particles. 

Traditional braces tend to leave white spots on the teeth as a result of poor brushing. Invisalign is suitable for treating mild to moderate orthodontic problems. With the addition of attachments, Invisalign can correct bite problems.

How Invisalign Works

It all starts with a consultation with Dr. Chelsea Dean. She’ll examine your teeth and take x-rays to ensure you’re in good oral health and determine if we can address your orthodontic problems with Invisalign. Invisalign can correct crooked and overcrowded teeth, gaps, bite problems, and overcrowding. 

Photos and scans will be taken of your teeth and face. We send these and your digital x-rays along with info on how we want your teeth to move to the Invisalign lab. From there, computer imaging technology is used to map out your treatment and digitally show how your teeth will be moved throughout your treatment. 

Your teeth impressions will be used to create custom-fit aligner trays that you will wear over your teeth. It will take a few weeks for your aligners to be ready. Once we receive them, you’ll come into the office to pick them up. 

You will receive multiple aligners at a time and will change them every 2 weeks. Regular checkups will be scheduled, usually about every 6 weeks, to ensure you’re on track with your treatment. 

At the end of treatment, if you still need additional aligners to shift your teeth, we can order extra aligners. Once treatment is complete, we will move into the retention stage. You will wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from reverting to the old alignment.

Invisalign vs SureSmile - Which Is Right for Me?

Both Invisalign and SureSmile are removable clear aligner treatments. However, SureSmile is an orthodontic treatment designed exclusively for adults, while Invisalign can treat both children and adults. Children have the best chance of effective rapid treatment with Invisalign because the aligners work with their still-developing jaw to encourage proper alignment.

Invisalign also offers attachment buttons made of composite resin that can be bonded to the teeth to help anchor the aligners to help shift teeth that need extra help. Coupled with elastics, they can shift the jaw to correct improper bites. 

While SureSmile has attachments of their own, they’re much lower quality and less effective. Sometimes SuresSmile doesn’t offer attachments at all. Finally, there’s the price difference. SureSmile is a cheaper option than Invisalign. This is because Invisalign is made of superior materials and offers additional resources for the most efficient clear aligner treatment.

The Clear Aligner Treatment Process

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Initial Consultation

To begin the process, Dr. Dean will need to perform an orthodontic evaluation to ensure that Invisalign or SureSmile clear aligners are right for you. If she approves you for treatment, she will begin developing your treatment plan right away.

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Designing Your Treatment Plan

Based on images, scans, and impressions taken during your appointment, Dr. Dean will work with Invisalign or SureSmile to build a full treatment plan. Once this is done, your first several sets of aligners will be built and sent to our office. This may take a few weeks.

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Picking Up & Wearing Your Aligners

Once your aligners arrive at our office, you’ll come pick them up and get instructions on how to wear them. You will need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours or longer per day. Ideally, they should only be removed when you eat or drink, or when you have to brush and floss.

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Treatment Checkups

Most patients will come in for a quick checkup every six weeks. Dr. Dean will check your progress and make sure everything looks good, and provide you with your next several sets of aligners. This usually only takes a few minutes, and this process will continue until your treatment is complete.

Am I A Good Candidate For Clear Aligners?

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Healthy Mouth

You must be free of major oral health issues like cavities, infected teeth, and gum disease to get clear aligners.

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Minor-To-Moderate Orthodontic Issues

Clear aligners are less versatile than braces. They may not be the right choice for serious orthodontic problems.

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Committed To Treatment

Unlike braces, clear aligners are not permanently placed. You will need to be responsible, diligent, and committed to wearing your aligners properly to get the best results.

Do Right by Your Smile

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There’s no time like the present to get started on your journey to your best smile yet. We can’t wait to meet you, so be sure to get in touch today with your local dentist in Reno

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What Is TMJ/TMD?

TMJ/TMD refers to “temporomandibular joint disorder.” As the name suggests, TMD refers to a malfunction of the temporomandibular joint. This joint is located right below both of the ears, and it connects the jaw to the skull. When it’s healthy and functioning properly, it allows you to open your mouth widely, chew, speak, and laugh without pain.

But when this joint malfunctions, this is called TMD. TMD can happen due to joint overuse, inflammation, trauma to the joint, or even due to an unhealthy bite position. It can result in problems with oral range of motion, pain, and stiffness that can interfere with your daily life. If you need TMD treatment in Reno, Dr. Dean is here to help. Contact us now to schedule an appointment, and explore the possibilities of TMD Botox treatment at WestSide Dental Studio.