General Dentistry located in Greenwood, IN
If you have crowded teeth or an abnormal bite, clear aligners can encourage proper alignment and improve your oral health. At Sauer Dentistry, Aaron Sauer, DDS, Whitney Marsh, DMD, and the team offer SureSmile® clear aligners for adults and teens. To make an appointment at the practice in Greenwood, Indiana, call the office or click the online booking feature today.
Clear Aligners Q&A
What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are removable orthodontic appliances that place mild pressure on your teeth and jaw. Over time, that pressure improves their position, resulting in a more balanced and symmetrical smile.
At Sauer Dentistry, the team uses SureSmile® clear aligners. SureSmile aligners are see-through, so they blend in with your teeth. What’s more, if you closely adhere to the team’s treatment plan, you can achieve your desired results in as little as 12 months*.
What are the benefits of clear aligners?
Improving the position of your teeth and jaw with SureSmile clear aligners offers various benefits, including:
- Reduced risk of cavities
- Reduced risk of gum disease
- A more balanced smile
- Easier biting and chewing
The aligners are also removable. That means you can take them out if you have a major event to attend, like a job interview or a wedding.
What types of alignment issues can clear aligners treat?
At Sauer Dentistry, the team uses SureSmile clear aligners to treat mild and moderate alignment issues, including:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Overlapping teeth
- Teeth with visible spaces between them
- A malpositioned jawbone
You might also benefit from treatment with SureSmile clear aligners if you have a bite abnormality, like an underbite or an overbite.
What does orthodontic treatment with clear aligners involve?
If the team at Sauer Dentistry determines that you can benefit from clear aligners, they take a digital scan of your mouth with the 3D computed tomography (CT) scanner. Your provider uploads the images to a SureSmile software program that allows them to develop a custom orthodontic treatment plan.
After your provider finalizes the treatment plan, they send it to the SureSmile dental laboratory. A team of technicians at the laboratory uses your scans to manufacture a set of SureSmile aligners that fit over your teeth perfectly.
When the lab completes your SureSmile aligners, you return to Sauer Dentistry and try them on. During the treatment, you return to the office every few weeks. At each check-up, you get a new set of SureSmile aligners.
To ensure you achieve the desired results, it’s important to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day, even when you sleep.
How long does treatment with clear aligners take?
Most people complete treatment with SureSmile clear aligners in 12-18* months. That said, it may take longer depending on your age, adherence to the treatment plan, and the issues addressed. The team monitors your progress at each check-up and lets you know what to expect.
To learn more about SureSmile clear aligners, make an appointment at Sauer Dentistry by calling the office or clicking the online booking feature today.
*Individual results may vary.