Clear aligners offer a quicker and more convenient alternative to straightening teeth with metal braces. Unlike braces, your treatment plan is created especially for you, with aligners custom made to move your teeth into their correct positions. Dr. Moore is one of the most experienced providers of Invisalign in San Antonio, so you’ll get great results from clear aligners with him.
Call us today at 210-951-4444 for a consultation. Dr. Moore will answer all your questions and determine if you’re a good candidate for treatment with one of the three types of aligners we offer: Invisalign, ClearCorrect, or for minor orthodontic corrections, custom aligners we make in our in-house lab.
No matter which kind of aligners you choose, you should follow our tips for successful treatment:
- Don’t Take Aligners Out Too Often – Patients love that they can take their aligners out for meals and even for special occasions. But be careful not to leave them out too long. For the best results, wear them at least 22 hours a day. Removing them too often can lengthen your treatment time.
- Watch What You Drink – It’s tempting to leave aligners in when you’re having a cup of coffee or soda. But those liquids and others can stain your aligners. Plus, hot liquids can even warp them. We recommend taking them out when drinking anything but water.
- Properly Clean Aligners – Mild, antibacterial soap is a better choice than toothpaste for cleaning clear aligners. Many kinds of toothpaste can scratch the plastic, making them look dingy.
- Always Carry a Case – Clear plastic not only makes your aligners nearly invisible in your smile, it makes them easy to misplace when they are not in your mouth. The best way to avoid losing aligners is to immediately put them into a case when you remove them. We suggest keeping spare cases in places like your car and your desk so you can always have one handy.
- Keep Spares on Hand – When you switch to a new set of aligners, t’s a good idea to hang onto the prior set. If you lose aligners, they can be used as a backup and worn until your replacements are received.