Benefits of custom whitening trays

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What are custom whitening trays?

As you probably know, there are countless ways to whiten your teeth nowadays. Of course, the most effective whitening treatments are always delivered by your dentist. Dentists offer two different teeth whitening methods:

  • In-office chairside whitening
  • Custom whitening trays

In-office chairside whitening is professional tooth whitening performed right at your dentist’s office. Your dentist will use a very high concentration of bleaching gel to whiten your teeth by multiple shades during an hour long session. Custom whitening trays is the other option offered by your dentist to brighten your smile. Your dentist designs custom whitening trays from moldings of your teeth. You can use custom whitening trays at home to bleach your teeth. Custom whitening trays take a bit longer to work, but the results are nearly as effective as in-office chairside teeth whitening. Let’s take a closer look at how custom whitening trays work:

Custom trays

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The reason we call these “custom” whitening trays is because the trays are specifically designed to fit to your teeth. Custom whitening trays are designed from impressions of your teeth to precisely fit to your mouth. The lab blocks out enough space to accommodate the right amount of bleaching gel onto teeth surfaces scheduled for bleaching. Consequently, custom bleaching trays fit comfortably in your mouth and deliver the right amount of bleaching gel to your teeth surfaces. This explains why whitening trays are so effective at brightening your smile as compared to over-the-counter alternative treatments.

Bleaching gel

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All teeth whitening treatments work by using some type of bleaching gel to break down teeth stains and remove the yellowness from your teeth. Obviously, wearing whitening trays by themselves won’t whiten your teeth! You need to use the right type of bleaching gel to go along with your teeth custom whitening trays. Avoid using a random beaching gel just because it has a higher concentration of bleaching. Unregulated whitening gel refills could damage your gum tissue or cause extreme tooth sensitivity, which could end up be permanent. Therefore, be sure to purchase your bleaching gel refills from reputable whitening companies. There are plenty of options. Here’s a list of some of the most popular and effective teeth whitening gel manufacturers who offer custom tray whitening gel refills at affordable prices:

How do you use your custom whitening trays?

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Using your custom whitening trays is actually simpler than you might think. Begin by carefully applying the bleaching gel into your trays. Place the gel evenly only onto the front facing surfaces of teeth scheduled for whitening. Avoid placing the whitening gel on the inside surfaces of your teeth or your back molar teeth which are not scheduled for whitening. Ask your dentist for assistance if you’re confused about this part. Once you’ve applied the gel, carefully insert the trays into your mouth. Allow the trays to sit in your mouth as per the bleaching gel manufacturer’s instructions. This could be as little as 30 minutes or as long as overnight wear. Once complete, slowly remove the trays from your mouth. Do not swallow the gel and rinse it out thoroughly as soon as you’re done. Brush your teeth afterwards (don’t use toothpaste) and clean your custom trays. Stash away your trays and bleaching gel in a safe area for future use.

Important instructions on using custom whitening tray:

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Custom whitening trays are effective and safe. Of course, it could be a bit challenging using your custom trays if this is your first time. Here’s a list of things to watch out for when using your new custom whitening trays:

Avoid saliva contamination

Be sure to insert the trays carefully into your mouth to minimize saliva contamination. Mixing saliva with bleaching gel will dilutes the gel making it less effective. The best way to reduce saliva contamination is to eat something prior to using your whitening trays. This way, your mouth won’t salivate as much and you get better end results.

Apply bleaching gel carefully

It’s very important that you apply the bleaching gel evenly to cover the correct teeth surfaces. Otherwise, you could end up with white spots where the bleaching gel was more heavily concentrated. Also, be sure to avoid getting bleaching gel onto your gum tissue. If the bleaching gel sips out, carefully remove this excess gel to avoid damaging your gums. Finally, avoid placing bleaching gel where it’s not necessary. This includes your back molar teeth and the inside surfaces of your front teeth. Whitening gel only needs to be placed on the front facing surfaces of your front upper and lower teeth. Don’t waste your precious bleaching gel by placing it in unnecessary regions!

Be patient

Custom whitening trays need to stay in your mouth until they finish doing their job. Depending on your bleaching gel, you’re looking at anywhere from 30 minutes to overnight wear. Plus, you may have to use your custom whitening trays for several days before you see noticeable results. The longer you leave your trays in your mouth, the more effective your bleaching results. Follow the instructions that come with your whitening gel and be patient.

Stop whitening if it hurts

It’s normal to feel a little bit of sensitivity during tooth bleaching process. However, if you start to feel extreme sensitivity or actual pain, then you must stop the whitening treatment right away. Remove your trays, rinse out your mouth and brush your teeth. Consider switching the whitening gel brand to a weaker concentration if you continue experiencing difficulties. If you already have sensitive teeth, it’s not a bad idea to use sensitivity toothpaste before whitening your teeth. Sensitivity toothpastes, such as Sensodyne, can buildup tooth resistance to bleaching gel to ease the at home whitening process.

Benefits of using custom whitening trays:

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Whitening trays are one the most effective ways to brighten your smile and here’s why:

  • Custom whitening trays can whiten your teeth by several shades. Because they are custom made, your trays will uniformly administer whitening gel to your teeth surfaces for best results.
  • You can use your trays from the convenience of your own home. This means you can brighten your smile while watching TV, cooking or even sleeping (for nighttime bleaching gels only).
  • Custom whitening trays fit very snug onto your teeth and are comfortable to wear.
  • You can reuse whitening trays as many times as you’d like to maintain a whiter smile over time.

Probably the biggest appeal of custom whitening trays is that they are reusable. I hate to burst your bubble, but whitening treatment results are NOT permanent! The more tea, coffee, cigarette, berries, wine, etc. you consume, the sooner your teeth will turn yellow again. While custom whitening trays have a slightly higher initial cost to make, you can reuse them as many times as you’d like after that. This means that you can maintain your whiter smile over time at a fraction of what other whitening treatment options would cost. In the long-run, using whitening trays is much more cost effective than going to your dentist for professional whitening or continuously buying whitening strips. To learn more about custom whitening trays and how they work, visit your local dentist today. You can also purchase custom whitening tray directly from your dentist’s online store on their Even28 online store at steep discounts.

Should I wear an upper or lower night guard?

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Here’s everything you need to know to decide between an upper and lower night guard

You should wear a night guard if you grind your teeth at nighttime. Wearing a night guard helps protect your teeth against breaking and cracking. Plus, your night guard protects your dental restorations, TMJ and facial muscles as well. Before you purchase your night guard, you need to decide whether you want to wear your night guard on the top or bottom teeth? There’s really not an option to wear an upper and lower night guard at the same time (this would be considered a sleep apnea device). Therefore, you need to choose whether you want to wear an upper or lower night guard. So which one is the better option for you? Here’s how to decide:

Lower night guard is the default choice

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A lower night guard is considered the standard by most dentists. After all, a lower night guard directly protects your TMJ and lower jaw. Plus, it’s usually easier to wear your night guard on the bottom teeth. Finally, a lower night guard is less likely to fall out of your mouth due to gravitational forces. So we recommend that you go with a lower night guard unless there’s a reason not to:

Reasons to wear an upper night guard

It turns our, there are a few scenarios where you should opt to wear an upper night guard instead of a lower one. Here are some examples of where an upper night guard is the more suitable option for you:

(1) Missing lower teeth
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If you’re missing a few of your bottom teeth then you should wear an upper night guard instead

If you’re missing a few lower teeth then it’s going to be difficult to wear a lower night guard! After all, you need to have teeth to stabilize your night guard. When there are a few teeth missing it becomes difficult for your night guard to sit in place. Therefore, it’s preferable to wear an upper night guard if you’re missing multiple lower teeth.

(2) Dental implants on bottom teeth

It’s preferable, but not mandatory, to avoid wearing a night guard on top of dental implants. Night guards hug your teeth very tightly, thus they pull on your teeth/dental implants. This pressure could potentially damage your dental implants. As a result, it’s preferable not to wear your night guard on top of dental implants. If you have dental implants on your bottom teeth then you should wear an upper night guard.

(3) Lower orthodontic retainer
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If you’re wearing orthodontic retainers then you need to decide between an upper or lower night guard

This one is for those of you who have had braces or clear aligner treatment recently. If you’re currently wearing orthodontic retainers then you need to decide where to wear your night guard. You might be better off wearing an upper night guard most of the times. Generally speaking, your lower teeth are more likely to move after orthodontic treatment. This is especially true if you still have your wisdom teeth in your mouth. So, if you’ve have braces and grind your teeth, it’s usually better to wear an upper night guard combined with a lower retainer.

(4) Problems wearing a lower night guard

Let’s be honest, not everyone does well wearing a lower night guard. You should try wearing an upper night guard if you’ve had troubles in the past wearing a lower night guard. Why do some people struggle wearing a lower night guard? Well, some people have a small lower jaw. Others have a large tongue. Regardless of the reason, some folks find it difficult to wear a lower night guard and are better off wearing an upper night guard instead.

How to choose between an upper or lower night guard?

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If you’re still struggling between an upper or lower night guard, then talk to your dentist and have them help you out

It’s quite simple: if you’re a night time teeth grinder then you need to wear a night guard. Heavy tooth grinders and those with symptoms, such as persistent headaches or history of tooth fracture, should highly consider wearing a custom night guard as opposed to a generic one. The first step to wearing a night guard is to choose where you want to wear your night guard. You also need to decide if you prefer a soft, medium or hard night guard.

If you’re still struggling deciding which type of night guard to get then talk to your dentist. Your dentist can help you decide which night guard options are most suitable to your needs. Another option is to experiment with over-the-counter night guards to see which one you’re more comfortable with. This way, you can make a more informed decision and get your custom night guard for whichever arch is more comfortable. Either way, be sure to get a well-designed night guard and use it as directed every single night! Otherwise, be ready to spend a lot of time in your dentist chair fixing your broken teeth and failed dental restorations.

Teeth Straightening Options for Adults


It’s never too late to straighten and beautify your smile. There are plenty of different options to help you straighten your teeth. The type of orthodontic treatment that best suits your needs depends on how much tooth movement is required and not your age. To better understand this, we will break down tooth movements into 3 categories:

  • Complex tooth movements
  • Mediocre tooth movements
  • Simple tooth movements

Each type of tooth movement requires its own teeth straightening system. Let’s take a closer look at how each one works:

Complex tooth movements

What are complex tooth movements?

Complex orthodontic tooth movements require the most amount of force to move your teeth. For example, moving back teeth, correcting extensive misalignments and any type of tooth movement combined with tooth extraction falls into the complex category.

Examples of complex tooth movements:

  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Large overbites
  • Large open bites
  • Severe teeth crowding
  • Any type of problem caused by poor skeletal relationship
  • Orthodontic treatments which require tooth extraction

What is the ideal treatment for complex tooth movements?

Complex orthodontic tooth movements require braces. Clear aligners are never an option for treating complex orthodontic conditions. Here are several different braces options to consider from:

  • Standard braces
  • Lingual braces
  • Ceramic braces

To learn more, talk to your dentist or orthodontist to see if you’re a candidate for braces treatment.

Mediocre tooth movements

What are mediocre tooth movements?

Mediocre tooth movements are those which don’t require as much force to move your teeth. Most mediocre tooth movements qualify for clear aligner treatment instead of braces. Therefore, if your orthodontic treatment is not too complicated, you may have the option of treatment with clear aligners. It’s recommended to choose dentist delivered clear aligners (such as Invisalign® or Even28 at-dentist™) to treat mediocre tooth movements.

Examples of mediocre tooth movements:

  • Moderate overbites
  • Moderate openbites
  • Moderate teeth crowding
  • Large gap teeth

What is the ideal treatment for mediocre tooth movements?

There are a few different clear aligner systems to choose from when considering dentist-delivered clear aligners, such as:

Keep in mind, your dentist plays an integral role in these types of clear aligner treatments. For instance, your dentist may have to perform treatments such as tooth contouring, bite calibration and/or attachment placement. Plus, your dentist or orthodontist will monitor your progress to ensure that your treatment is on track. Dentist delivered clear aligner treatments generally give you better results as compared to at home aligners. Plus, the results are more likely to last you a life-time (so long as you wear your retainers of course!)

Simple tooth movements

What are simple tooth movements?

Simple tooth movements are those which require the least amount of force to move your teeth. Typically, simple orthodontic cases involve no more than 2 to 3 millimeters of movement per arch.

Examples of simple tooth movements:

  • Mild overbites
  • Mild openbites
  • Mild teeth crowding
  • Mild-to-moderate gap teeth

What is the ideal treatment for simple tooth movements?

Simple orthodontic movements can be treated with braces or dentist delivered clear aligners. However, there’s an easier way to fix these simple tooth movements. You can actually treat most simple tooth movements with at home clear aligner programs. There are plenty of different at home clear aligner treatment options available, for instance:

  • Smile Direct Club
  • Candid Co.
  • Byte
  • SmileLove
  • Even28 at-home

Keep in mind, there’s still a dentist involved in your treatment with at home clear aligners. However, chances are you may never meet the dentist or orthodontist in person. At home clear aligner programs work well for fixing simple orthodontic movements. However, they are not recommended for complex or mediocre tooth movements. More complicated tooth movements must always be treated under direct dentist supervision. Otherwise, you risk damaging your teeth, gums or even your bite in the long run!

Best orthodontic option for me?

Orthodontics is not a one size fits all. One patient may need 5 years of braces along with jaw surgery. Another one may need just 4 to 5 months of at home clear aligners. The orthodontic treatment that is best for you depends on how much tooth movement is required. Talk to your neighborhood dentist or orthodontist to see which treatment option is most suitable for your needs. Just be sure to enjoy your smile journey and best of luck with your new and improved smile!

The 7 benefits of clear aligners

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Why go with clear aligners over braces?

So you finally decided to straighten your smile with Invisalign®, Smile Direct Club™, Even28 Clear Aligners® or some other clear aligner system. Congratulations! There’s no question that having straight teeth is awesome. And straightened your smile with clear aligners, even more awesome! But why choose clear aligners? Why not just go with braces? Well, there are plenty of benefits to clear aligner treatment. Let’s check out some of the reasons why more and more patients are choosing clear aligners over traditional braces:

(1) More comfortable to wear

Clear aligners are much more comfortable than braces. There’s always some level of pain and discomfort when your teeth start to move. After all, no pain means no tooth movement! Having said that, removable plastic is much less painful than permanent brackets and wires. You’re also not as likely to cut your cheeks, lips and tongue with aligners as you are with braces. This is not to say that wearing aligner treatment is completely painless. Still, clear aligner therapy is a much more pleasant experience as compared to braces.

(2) Less noticeable in your mouth

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It’s hard not to notice someone with braces in their mouth. After all, those brackets and wires can be pretty hard to miss! On the other hand, clear aligners go unnoticed most of the times. You’d have to pay very close attention to realize that someone is wearing aligners in their mouth. This is one of the main reasons why most adults choose clear aligners over braces, especially those with an active lifestyle.

(3) The ability to remove clear aligners from your mouth

The ability to remove clear aligners is another major reason why most adults prefer clear aligners to braces. What do you think happens if you’re in the middle of clear aligner therapy and all of a sudden an important job interview, date or event comes up? Well, you simply skip wearing your clear aligners for a couple of hours and problem solved! Unfortunately, wearing braces doesn’t give you this option. Braces are basically stuck to your teeth for the duration of your orthodontic treatment and you can’t remove them.

(4) More hygienic than braces

It’s very easy to clean your teeth and gums if you’re wearing clear aligners. Simply remove your clear aligners and you’re all set to clean your teeth as you normally would. The same can not be said of braces. Brushing your teeth, especially at the gumlines, is very tough when wearing braces. Flossing your teeth is next to impossible. As a result, you’re more likely to develop dental cavities or gum disease with braces as compared to clear teeth aligners.

(5) No white spot lesions

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Ever notice someone with a smile that looks like this? This phenomenon is referred to as white spot lesions. White spot lesions is a side-effect of braces. Basically, your brackets create a discoloration which causes an undesirable mismatch in teeth color. Unfortunately, fixing white spot lesions is very tough. This type of discoloration does not respond well to teeth whitening and typically requires extensive cosmetic dentistry to correct. The best way to avoid white spot lesions during brace treatment is to monitor your diet, minimize processed sugars and brush your teeth really well. On the opposite hand, clear aligner treatment has no risk of developing white spot lesions since there are no brackets involved.

(6) Increasingly comparable costs

Clear aligner treatment used to cost two to three times that of braces. Fortunately this is no longer the case. Clear aligner technology has become much more affordable as compared to 20 years ago when it was just introduced. As clear aligner treatment cost continues to drop, more and more patients are able to afford aligner therapy. Nowadays, the difference in treatment cost between clear aligners and braces is negligible. In fact, simpler orthodontic movements often times cost less to treat with clear aligners as opposed to with braces!

(7) More fun!

I know, fun is an objective term and we all have our own definition of what is fun. Still, most patients who undergo aligner therapy find that wearing aligners is actually kind of fun! Many miss not wearing their aligners after treatment is done. Plus, seeing your teeth move on a 3-D animation model before starting treatment is fun. Seeing your teeth move in person and watching your smile straighten week-after-week is even more fun. Finally, having a straight and beautiful smile in just a few months is the most fun!

Am I a good candidate for clear aligner treatment?

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Most of you are probably ready to start your clear aligner treatment after having read this article! But before you get too excited about clear aligners, you need to make sure that you actually qualify for aligner therapy. After all, not every orthodontic condition can be treated with clear aligners. The most complicated of all orthodontic conditions still require traditional braces. To see if your orthodontic condition qualifies for clear aligner therapy, visit a dentist or orthodontist near you today. You can also take our clear aligner assessment quiz to see how likely you are to qualify for clear aligner therapy. Good luck with your smile journey and be sure to smile often once your grin is all nice and even!

What is the clear aligner process?

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What are clear aligners?

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We all want that whiter and brighter smile. After all, you’re smile is the first thing that others notice about you. It’s no surprise that straightening your teeth improves their appearance. Having an even smile makes you look and feel better. Plus, straight teeth are easier to keep clean. Straight teeth trap less plaque and tartar as compared to crooked ones. This means you’re less likely to develop gum disease, cavities and avoid dental infections.

So how can you straightening your smile? Traditionally, braces were your only option. That all changed 20 years ago when clear aligner technology was introduced. Clear aligners are a series of plastic trays which move your teeth without the need to wear brackets or wires. Naturally, patients love clear aligners! They are comfortable, barely visible and can be removed when needed. You can use clear aligners to close gap teeth, straighten crooked teeth, fix overbites and do so much more.

If you’re considering clear aligners, you’re probably wondering about the process of wearing clear aligners. How do clear aligners fix your smile? Lets take a look at the 7 steps involved in fixing your smile with clear aligners:

Step 1: Clear aligner consultation

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First and foremost, you need to make sure that you’re a candidate for wearing clear aligners. Difficult orthodontic misalignments, such as crossbite or underbite, do not qualify for clear aligner treatment. The most complicated orthodontic movements always require braces, sometimes in conjunction with tooth extraction or even jaw surgery. To see if you’re a candidate for clear aligner therapy, schedule a consultation with a local orthodontist or dentist who offers teeth aligner treatment near you today.

Step 2: Clearance to begin orthodontic treatment

The next step is to make sure that your teeth and gums are healthy enough to handle aligner therapy. Placing clear aligners on teeth with cavities or gums suffering from gingivitis is dangerous and risky. Starting any type of orthodontic treatment without proper clearance from your dentist can cause irreversible harm to your mouth. Orthodontic clearance involves a thorough exam of your teeth and gum, a dental cleaning and fixing all essential underlying conditions. Once cleared, you’re set to start your aligner treatment right away!

Step 3: Dental records

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To begin your clear aligner treatment, your dentist or orthodontist must obtain necessary dental records. The most important dental record for clear aligner therapy are moldings of your upper and lower teeth. These moldings are used to communicate your teeth shape, size and form with the dental laboratory. Teeth moldings are obtained either by taking impressions of your teeth with putty or scanning your teeth using sophisticated intraoral scanners. Additional dental records may include photos of your facial profile, teeth photos, X-rays and your bite relationship. Your dentist or orthodontist will decide which preliminary information is required for each case. Obtaining dental records is easy and quick. It only takes about half-an-hour to an hour to obtain your dental records for clear aligner treatment.

Step 4: Treatment planning your aligner therapy

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Once your doctor has obtained all necessary dental records, he or she will send them to the laboratory. The lab technician will scan your dental records, including all impressions, scans, photos, bite, etc. into the computer. They will follow your doctor’s prescription to design a 3D animation of your projected teeth movement. Many factors are taken into consideration to give you the best end results, for instance:

  • What is your primary concern regarding your smile?
  • Which teeth should be moved and which ones should not be moved (dental implants, bridges, etc.)?
  • Are there teeth which are too large and require contouring?
  • Is there any tooth which is rotated that requires additional torquing?
  • Does your midline, canine or molar teeth require correction?

The lab technician will follow your doctor’s prescription to design a projected animation of your teeth movement. They will send this animation to your treating dentist or orthodontist to review. Your doctor will either approve the design or make necessary modifications to it. This process is repeated until your treating doctor is satisfied with your tooth movement projection. It’s important that your treating doctor work closely with the lab technician to ensure the success of your treatment. After all, you only get one set of adult teeth, so messing them up is not an option!

Step 5: Start wearing your clear aligners

Once your doctor has approved your treatment plan, it’s now time to make the actual clear aligners. The lab technician will use 3D print technology to print a series of clear aligners and ship them out. You will receive your clear aligners either at home (for at home aligner programs) or from your dentist (for dentist delivered aligner programs). It’s now time to start wearing your clear aligners to straightening your smile. Don’t forget, the key to success with any orthodontic treatment is compliance. This means that you must wear your aligners as instructed to get the best results. Whether it’s all day, half-a-day or overnight, you must follow your dentist instructions to get the results you desire. Click here to learn about the 3 different ways you can wear your clear aligners in order to achieve the best end results.

Step 6: Monitoring your progress

Simpler orthodontic treatment can be completed at your own home without having to visit your dentist or orthodontist periodically. For more complicated tooth movements, you must visit your dentist or orthodontist periodically. This means that you need to see your dentist or orthodontist every two to six weeks until you’re treatment is complete. Your doctor will perform treatments such as tooth contouring, attachment placement or bite adjustment to ensure the success of your treatment. They will also monitor your progress to ensure treatment is going as planned and make corrections if needed.

Step 7: Reviewing your final results

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Straightening your teeth is kind of a big deal! Subtle details like having an accurate bite or correct tooth-to-tooth contact will affect the overall well-being of your mouth for the rest of your life. Wearing clear aligners without proper dentist supervision could mess up your bite, harm your teeth or damage existing dental restorations. Therefore, it’s important to follow up with your dentist to ensure that treatment has gone according to plan. Occasionally your doctor may take additional corrective measures to if fix unforeseen issues. This may involve bite calibration, fixing certain teeth or even using additional corrective clear aligners for corrective measures.

What are my options for straightening my teeth with clear aligners?

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There are about a dozen different treatment options if you’re planning on straightening your teeth using clear aligners. We can categorize teeth straightening options as either at-home or dentist-directed aligner treatment. Here is a list of different treatment options to consider for your clear aligner program:

Option 1: Clear aligner treatment at home

At home clear aligner treatment is suitable for simple orthodontic movements. This includes closing small gaps, straightening slightly crooked teeth, closing tiny overbites and other minor orthodontic tooth movements. Here is a list of a couple of different at home clear aligner treatment options to consider:

Option 2: Clear aligner therapy through your local dentist or orthodontist

More sophisticated tooth movements require dentist-directed clear aligner treatment. Your dentist does more than just hand you a bunch of aligners! They will place attachments to torque stubborn teeth, perform tooth contouring to create room for movement and adjust your bite to correct any interference. Dentist-delivered clear aligner treatment is suitable for more advanced teeth crowding, moderate overbite, openbite and other moderate-to-advanced orthodontic conditions. Here is a list of several different dentist-delivered clear aligner therapy options to chose from:

Am I too old for braces or clear aligners?


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When should I first get evaluated for my orthodontic status?

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Orthodontists recommend that you have your child evaluated by age 6 or 7 to determine their orthodontic status
The sooner in life you evaluate your orthodontic condition, the easier it is to treat your condition. This is why orthodontists recommend that you have your child evaluated by age 6 or 7 to determine their orthodontic status. This doesn’t mean your child will get braces at this age, it just means that the orthodontist will decide whether or not they need orthodontic treatment and also when they should start their treatment. Early assessment allows for interceptive orthodontic treatment, also referred to as Phase one, when necessary. Phase one orthodontic treatment has several benefits, such as:

  • Your child’s dentist or orthodontist can assist their adult teeth into erupting into it’s correct position
  • They can better correct underlying skeletal problems at a younger age
  • Phase one treatment helps cut down on future orthodontic treatment to significantly lessen the time your child has to wear braces or aligners

When necessary, phase one orthodontic treatment is performed between the ages of 7 to 10. Your child still has some of his or her baby teeth in place at this age, which means that your dentist or orthodontist can help line up their baby teeth in anticipation of the soon to erupt adult teeth.

What is the best age to start comprehensive orthodontic treatment?

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Orthodontists recommend that you start comprehensive orthodontic treatment once all of your adult teeth have fully erupted
The best time to start full orthodontic treatment is between the ages of 11 and 16. Orthodontists usually recommend that you start comprehensive orthodontic treatment, also referred to as phase two, once all of your adult teeth have fully erupted. This usually occurs around the age of 11 for most girls and around 12 for boys. Keep in mind that this does not include trapped teeth, aka impacted teeth, which will require your dentist or orthodontist’s assistance to erupt into their proper position. We always recommend beginning orthodontic treatment before the age of 17. It can be difficult starting orthodontic treatment once you get ready to graduate from high school and start working or attending college. Plus, your facial bones start to fuse as you get past your teenage years which makes it more difficult to move your teeth around.

Is there an age cutoff for receiving orthodontic treatment?

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There are plenty of benefits to receiving orthodontic treatment as an adult
Luckily, there is no age limit to receiving orthodontic treatment including braces or clear aligners! Whether you’re in you thirties, forties, fifties or even your sixties, you can qualify for orthodontic treatment. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first time getting braces or if you’ve already had braces and now want to straighten your teeth a second time. There are plenty of benefits to receiving orthodontic treatment as an adult, for instance:

  • Adults are better at keeping their appointments which makes it easier to complete their orthodontic treatment on schedule
  • Typically, adults are better at following their dentist or orthodontist’s instructions so they get better results
  • Finally, adults understand the importance of maintaining proper oral hygiene throughout their orthodontic treatment so they end up with less complications as compared to children

As you can see, you’re never too old to improve your oral health and enhance your smile. Don’t let your age be a determining factor in whether or not you decide to fix your smile with braces or clear aligners.

What are the benefits of orthodontic treatment for adults?

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Maintaining proper oral hygiene is much more challenging when your teeth are crooked, therefore you develop more cavities and gum problems
There are many benefits to straightening your teeth as an adult, regardless of whether you do it with clear aligners or braces. Here are some of the major benefits of orthodontic treatment for adults:

Enhance your smile and improve your appearance

There’s no questions that having a straight smile is an important part of your overall appearance. Your smile is one of the first things that others notice about you. Straightening your teeth can improve your appearance, increase your self-confidence and make you feel better about your smile.

Reduce your risk of developing cavities

Did you know that patients with crooked teeth are much more likely to develop cavities in between their teeth? Maintaining proper oral hygiene is much more challenging when your teeth are crooked, therefore you develop more cavities. Straightening your smile can help reduce your chances of developing new and recurrent dental cavities, regardless of how old you are.

Improve your gum health and fight ginigivitis

Maintaining healthy gums is also much more difficult when you have crooked or gap teeth. Crooked teeth and gap teeth cause more plaque to accumulate on your teeth as compared to straight teeth. Once this plaque remains in place for a few days it starts to calcify and forms into tartar. Gradually, your gums start to bleed and become infected, causing you to develop gum disease. Straightening your teeth can make it much easier to maintain adequate oral hygiene, no matter your age. This can improve your gum health and may reduce, or even eliminate, your gum disease (along with maintaining proper dental cleaning and treatment from your dentist of course).

Improve your bite relationship

Having a poor bite relationship between your teeth can make it difficult to chew your food. A poor bite also causes your teeth and dental restorations, such as fillings and crowns, to chip and break more frequently. Finally, a poor bite can be partially responsible for migraine headaches, tension pain and other head and neck related problems. Improving your bite with braces or clear aligners can help reduce such complications.

Is it better to go with clear aligners or braces for adults?

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Most adults prefer going with clear aligners over braces when given the choice
You may have the option to wearing either clear aligners or braces if you qualify. Naturally, most adults prefer going with clear aligners over braces when given the choice. Clear aligners have several benefits over braces for adults, for example:

  • Clear aligners are much more comfortable to wear and are less painful than braces
  • You can remove clear aligners to eat or clean your teeth whereas braces are always stuck to your teeth
  • Clear aligners are barely visible inside your mouth which makes them less noticeable than braces
  • Plastic aligners are less likely to cut or bruise your mouth as compared to wires and brackets
  • There’s no metal in clear aligners which makes them a better option for people with metal allergies

Your dentist or orthodontist will discuss clear aligners or braces with you to help you decide between the two. Keep in mind that the most difficult cases always require braces and can not be treated with clear aligners.

How long does adult orthodontic treatment typically take?

Typically, adult orthodontic treatment takes a bit longer than treatment for teenagers. This is primarily due to the stiffening of your jaw bones which makes it a bit more difficult to move your teeth around. Simpler cases and those who have already had braces usually require 6 to 9 months of clear aligners or braces treatment. More complicated cases can take 1 to 2 years, sometimes even longer. Visit your local dentist or orthodontist to determine exactly how long your treatment will take.

What are things I need to consider when receiving orthodontic treatment as an adult?

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Dental implants can not be moved during orthodontic treatment, therefore you need to have a plan to get around moving these artificial teeth
Receiving clear aligners or braces can get a bit more tricky as an adult. Of course, if you excellent teeth and gums, then you have nothing to worry about. You’re most likely a good candidate for orthodontic treatment and can get started right away. However, for those of us who have had other dental problems in the past, there are a few things you must consider before starting orthodontic treatment. Here are a few things which you must be on the lookout for prior to starting clear aligner or braces therapy:

Healthy gums to support orthodontic treatment

Having healthy gums is one of the most important prerequisites to starting orthodontic treatment. You’ll most likely require a thorough dental cleaning before started clear aligner or braces treatment. If you suffer from gingivitis, you need to get your gum disease under control prior to starting orthodontic treatment. Those who suffer from advanced gum disease, known as periodontitis, must postpone all orthodontic treatments until their gum disease is under control. Those suffering from the most advanced stage of gum disease will not qualify for any type of orthodontic treatment. It’s too dangerous to move teeth which already have extensive bone loss due to advanced gum disease, therefore you won’t be able to wear clear aligners or braces.

No major underlying dental conditions

There are a few dental procedures which can affect your orthodontic treatment. For instance, if you already have veneers on your front teeth then there’s a chance you may have to redo them after completing your orthodontic treatment. If you have dental implants in your mouth you need to discuss them with your treating dentist or orthodontist. Dental implants can not be moved during orthodontic treatment, therefore you need to have a plan to get around moving these artificial teeth. Your dentist or orthodontist will evaluate your mouth to review things which you need to take into consideration prior to starting your orthodontic program.

Plan to fix the rest of your mouth

It’s no surprise that the older we get, the more dental problems we have. Cavities, crowns, dental implants, missing teeth and other dental treatments can off your somewhat complicate orthodontic treatment. It’s important to have a long-term plan to fix untreated dental conditions. Typically, it’s best to start off your treatment by straightening your teeth, however you can’t forget about fixing the rest of your mouth either! Otherwise, your bite can collapse and you’ll be back to where you started within a few years.

Long-term retention plan

It’s not uncommon for teenagers not to wear their retainers. This means that they end up having to redo their orthodontic treatment teeth as an adult. You definitely don’t want to have to redo your orthodontic treatment, especially not as an adult! This means that you need to have a plan on wearing orthodontic retainers to keep your teeth in their new position. Be sure to wear your retainers the way your dentist or orthodontist recommends in order to keep your teeth from shifting to their previous position. Alternatively, consider placing a fixed retainer on your teeth to make sure they stay where they are. Talk to your dentist or orthodontist to come up with a plan to keep your straight smile and make sure to follow their instructions!

What if I already had orthodontic treatment and now need a simple touch-up?

There is good news for those of you who are considering redoing their orthodontic treatment a second time: it’s much easier to move your teeth if you’ve already had braces or clear aligners in the past. Plus, you’re much more likely to qualify for clear aligner therapy over traditional braces if you’ve already had orthodontic treatment. Finally, your’re expected treatment time shouldn’t be too long. Most orthodontic relapse cases are completed in under a year, sometimes in as little as just a few months. Ready to get started with your new smile? Find a dentist or orthodontist near you to get fix with your smile today! If you’re interested in learning more about straightening your smile with clear aligners as an adult, check out some of your options by clicking on the links below:

Invsialign doctor finder

ClearCorrect doctor finder

Even28 doctor finder

Is Smile Direct Club™ safe?

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What is Smile Direct Club™ and what do they offer?

By now most of you have probably heard of Smile Direct Club™ through their overwhelming marketing. Smile Direct Club™ is one of numerous modern-day internet based clear aligner programs. They are one of several startups that promise straightening your teeth without ever having to visit a dentist. Other such companies, which work identically to Smile Direct Club™, include Candid Co.™ , Byte™ , SmileLove™ and a few more. If you’re interested in straightening your teeth with clear aligners, continue reading to learn how safe programs like Smile Direct Club™ really are.

First, lets look at what clear aligners are and why they’re so popular all of sudden? Clear aligners are a series of firm, plastic trays 3D printed trays designed to grip your teeth tightly. Clear aligners come in a series and each one moves your teeth just a fraction of a millimeter. As you continue going through your series of clear aligners, your teeth gradually shift into their new desired position. This means that you can straighten your teeth without ever having to put on braces!

Traditionally, you had to see a dentist or orthodontist in order to receive clear aligner treatment. Smile Direct Club™ and other internet-based aligner programs sell clear aligners directly to customers without involving a dentist (at least not one whom you’ll ever actually meet). There are two ways to obtain Smile Direct Club™’s teeth aligners: (a) Take your own teeth impressions using an aligner starter-kit or (b) go into one of Smile Direct Club™’s stores, known as a Smile Shop™, to have your teeth scanned by a technician. You will receive your teeth aligners in a package soon afterwards and are ready to move those teeth around!

Is Smile Direct Club™ safe?

As you can see, there are two basic ways to obtain clear aligners: (a) from your dentist or orthodontist (referred to as dentist delivered teeth aligners) or (b) from an online program such as Smile Direct Club™ or Candid Co.™ (known as at home clear aligners). So naturally, the biggest concern surrounding online clear aligner programs is their safety. Are DIY aligner programs such as Smile Direct Club™ safe? Or are they risky and dangerous? and is straightening your teeth without proper dentist supervision worth the extra savings? The short answer, as you’d imagine, is no, at home aligner programs are not safe! So what are the risks and dangers of do-it-yourself teeth straightening programs? Lets take a look at the top 5 reasons why we can never recommend straightening your teeth with do-it-yourself aligner programs, the likes of Smile Direct Club™ or Candid Co.™ :

(1) Lack of proper initial diagnosis:

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Making sure that your teeth and gums can handle aligner therapy
Is it safe to put clear aligners on teeth with cavities? How about wearing aligners if your gums are suffering from periodontal disease? Of course it’s not safe! To begin any type of orthodontic treatment you must see a dentist first. Clear aligner therapy is no exception. You should always visit your dentist to make sure that there are no cavities or evidence of gum disease. Only then is it safe to place clear aligners and move your teeth. Either way, all clear aligner treatments should start with a dentist visit to ensure the safety of your teeth and gums.

Smile Direct Club’s approach:

  • Customer: “My gums are bleeding. Is it safe to straighten my teeth with clear aligners?”
  • Representative: “I don’t see why not? Our clear aligners might even fix your gum problems and eliminate your bleeding gums!”
  • Customer: “Can I wear clear aligners if I have cavities?”
  • Representative: “Sure you can. Your cavities won’t get that much worse in the next couple of months. Lets start fixing your grin!”
  • Customer: “I still have my wisdom teeth and they hurt occasionally. Can I still get teeth aligners to straighten my teeth?”
  • Representative: “Don’t worry, wisdom teeth have nothing to do with clear aligners. In fact, we might even be able to straighten your wisdom teeth so you won’t have to worry about them any longer!”

In Smile Direct Club™ ‘s world, clear aligners are the solution to all dental problems. Cavities, gum disease, wisdom impaction and all other dental conditions need to take a back seat to straight teeth. In reality, straightening your teeth should only be done once all underlying dental conditions have been properly diagnosed and treated.

Dentist’s approach:

  • Patient: “My gums are bleeding. Is it safe to straighten my teeth with clear aligners?”
  • Dentist: “No, it’s not safe. Bleeding gums are most likely a sign of gum disease. You need to treat your gum disease before starting aligner therapy. Orthodontic treatment causes your teeth to become loose. This can contribute to additional bone loss and damage to your already infected teeth and gums. This type of reckless approach could cause you to lose your teeth in old age. Lets discuss how we can treat your gum disease first so that we can start your clear aligner therapy afterwards.”
  • Patient: “Can I wear clear aligners if I have cavities?”
  • Dentist: “Of course not. A cavity can hit your tooth nerve at any time, causing pain and infection. There’s no way to determine how long it will take for a cavity to cause infection. It could be days, weeks or months. Therefore, I highly recommend that you fix your cavities first and then straightening your teeth with clear aligners.”
  • Patient: “I still have my wisdom teeth and they hurt occasionally. Can I still get teeth aligners to straighten my teeth?”
  • Dentist: “It depends. If your wisdom teeth are embedded in your gums and unlikely to cause a problem then it’s safe to start aligner therapy. However, if your wisdom teeth are partially sticking out, then they could cause problems down the line. You may have to remove your wisdom teeth out in order for the clear aligners to properly move your teeth. Otherwise, your wisdom teeth will continue pushing on your teeth and make them become crooked within a few years later.”

Do-it-yourself clear aligner programs like Smile Direct Club™ skip out on the important step of diagnosing your mouth prior to aligner therapy. This can cause infection or bone loss which could cause long-term harm to your mouth! Don’t gamble with your oral health: having straight teeth is not worth developing dental infection or periodontal disease. Consult a dentist before starting any type of aligner therapy and don’t start treatment until you’ve been cleared by your dentist.

(2) Failure to identify cases which require braces

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Being honest about when you need braces instead of teeth aligners
Clear aligners have their strengths, but they also have their limitations. Every dentist is aware of this and knows that teeth aligners can’t fix numerous orthodontic conditions. Only an experienced dentist can determine if your orthodontic condition is fixable with clear aligners. This comes from years of dental school education and training. Your dentist will assess and evaluate your teeth for the following conditions:

  • Is your orthodontic condition due to skeletal or dental misalignment?
  • Do you suffer from Class I, 2 or 3 malocclusion?
  • What are your canine and molar relationship?
  • What is the extent of your overbite and overjet?
  • Are your upper and lower midline position correct?
  • What is the extent of your teeth crowding or spacing?
  • What is your anterior and posterior teeth relationship?
  • Is your bite correct?
  • Do you suffer from overbite, open bite, deep bite, cross bite or underbite?

Your dentist will thoroughly examine your X-rays, teeth and bite to determine your orthodontic condition. There are certain orthodontic conditions which can be treated perfectly with clear aligners. Then there are those where clear aligners do next to nothing. In fact, certain orthodontic conditions get worse if you place clear aligners on your teeth! Properly diagnosing your orthodontic status is crucial to proper treatment. Only by examining your teeth relationship can your dentist determine if you’re a good candidate for wearing clear aligners or if you should go for braces instead.

Smile Direct Club’s approach:

  • Customer: “Can I fix my underbite with clear aligners?”
  • Representative: “Sure you can. Our clear aligners can fix your underbite!”
  • Customer: “Can I fix my crossbite with clear aligners?”
  • Representative: “Of course you can. Our teeth aligners can fix your crossbite!”
  • Customer: “Can I fix my overbite with clear aligners?”
  • Representative: “You absolutely can. Our clear aligners can fix all overbites!”

The problem here is, Smile Direct Club™ ‘s representatives are not actual dentists. They have no formal dental school education or training. It turns out, you can’t learn dentistry and orthodontics over a week-long crash course! Smile Direct Club™ ‘s representatives have no understanding of your orthodontic condition. Therefore, they automatically assume that everything can be fixed with clear aligners. The dentist in charge of your Smile Direct Club™ program never sees you in person either. Similarly, you can’t diagnose one’s orthodontic condition by looking at a computer scan from 1,000 miles away. Ultimately, your underlying orthodontic condition goes undiagnosed and it never gets treated with Smile Direct Club™ aligners.

Dentist’s approach:

  • Patient: “Can I fix my underbite with clear aligners?”
  • Dentist: “No. While clear aligners are very effective at straightening teeth and closing gaps, they can not fix an underbite. Nearly all underbites require braces, possibly along with tooth extraction or other advanced orthodontic procedures. Clear aligners are not capable of properly moving teeth to fix most underbite conditions. In fact, they are more likely to worsen your condition than to improve it.”
  • Patient: “Can I fix my crossbite with clear aligners?”
  • Dentist: “No. Just about all crossbite conditions require braces. Clear aligner treatment can not properly move your back teeth in order to correct your crossbite. Treating crossbite with clear aligners is may straighten your front teeth but at the expense of screwing up your back teeth and worsening your bite. You should go with braces instead.”
  • Patient: “Can I fix my overbite with clear aligners?”
  • Dentist: “While many overbites do qualify for clear aligner therapy, it all depends on how large your overbites is. If your overbite is in excessive, larger than 1 centimeter (about 1/3 of an inch), then you will require braces, most likely along with tooth extraction. However, if your overbite is moderate, between 5 to 8 millimeters, then you’re a good candidate for clear aligner therapy. However, it’s best to have your clear aligner treatment completed under dentist supervision. It’s necessary to create sufficient room for your teeth to move into their new position. This is done with tooth contouring which requires a dentist present. Otherwise, your teeth will simply shift back to their original pre-treatment position within a few years. Finally, if your overbite is very small, less than 4 millimeters, then you’re a great candidate for at home clear aligners and there’s no need for additional treatment.”

Every dentist knows and understands what clear aligners can and can’t do. Certain cases are perfectly fine being treated with at home clear aligners. Some cases can be fixed with clear aligners, but it’s important to have a dentist involved in your treatment. Procedures such as tooth contouring, attachment placement and bite calibration require the presence of a dentist. These cases require dentist delivered clear aligners. Finally, the most complex orthodontic conditions require braces and should not be treated with clear aligners. In fact, clear aligners does nothing to fix complicated orthodontic conditions and your condition will only worsen!

(3) Orthodontic relapse within a few years

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Clear aligners will straighten your teeth … for just 2-3 years?
Clear aligners can be very effective at straightening your teeth when used correctly. However, you need to figure out the cause of your orthodontic condition if you’re planning on keeping your teeth straight going forward:

  • Are your teeth crooked because they are too large for your jaw? or are there too many teeth in your jaw? or is it because your wisdom teeth have been coming out?
  • Are your teeth gaps the result of a size discrepancy between your teeth and jaw size? or caused by a missing tooth which lead to spacing between your teeth?
  • Is your overbite caused by poor positioning of your upper and lower teeth? or is there an underlying skeletal problem going on? are your top teeth placed too far out or are your lower teeth positioned too far in?

Little details can make a big difference in the long run. It takes an experienced dentist to understand the subtle details surrounding straightening your teeth. Lets take a look at how Smile Direct Club ™ and dentists approach straightening your teeth:

Smile Direct Club’s approach:

  • Customer: “I want to straighten my teeth but they are really crowded. Will my teeth remain straight afterwards?”
  • Representative: “Sure they will. Our clear aligners can fix your grin and they will remain straight forever!”
  • Customer: “I’m missing a tooth. Is this a problem if I want to straighten my teeth?”
  • Representative: “Not at all. Our clear aligners will straighten your grin and you can fix the missing tooth afterwards.”
  • Customer: “I had braces before but my teeth have moved since. Can I fix this with clear aligners?”
  • Representative: “Absolutely! Our clear aligners can fix your smile forever!”

Dentist’s approach:

  • Patient: “I want to straighten my teeth but they are really crowded. Will my teeth remain straight afterwards?”
  • Dentist: “It depends on how crowded your teeth are to begin with. If your teeth crowding is minor, less than 3-4 millimeters per arch, then there’s a good chance your teeth will remain in their new position. Do you still have your wisdom teeth? I recommend placing a fixed retainer if your wisdom teeth are in a position where they could cause additional crowding. If your crowding is mediocre, 4-6 millimeters, then it’s best to perform tooth contouring to create additional space for tooth movement. Otherwise, your teeth could relapse and become crooked within a few years. If your crowding is excessive, more than 8 millimeters, then my recommendation is to go with braces in place of clear aligners.”
  • Patient: “I’m missing a tooth. Is this a problem if I want to straighten my teeth?”
  • Dentist: “It depends on which tooth you’re missing. If you’re missing a terminal tooth then this shouldn’t be a problem. You can simply finish your aligner therapy and then place a dental implant to replace your missing back tooth. If you’re missing a molar or bicuspid tooth, then you need to plan accordingly. You can straighten your teeth, but without replacing your missing tooth, your teeth will shift and collapse soon afterwards. It’s important to plan accordingly to close this space. Finally, if you’re missing a front tooth, it’s best to straighten your teeth first, then place a dental implant. Would you like a fake tooth while I’m straightening your teeth to close this gap? I can add filling material into your aligner so that it resembles a tooth until your treatment is complete. This way you’re not walking around with your front tooth missing during your clear aligner therapy.”

It’s important to figure out the underlying cause of your orthodontic condition before starting treatment. Otherwise, your teeth will slowly relapse back to their original position within a couple of years. This explains why more than half the people who wear braces or aligners need to redo their treatment a decade later. Band-aid treatment produces satisfactory short-term results but fails in the long-run. Fixing your teeth without addressing the underlying problems causes orthodontic relapse. Ultimately, you end up exactly where you started off within just a couple of years.

(4) Damage to your bite

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Unsupervised DIY aligner programs could mess up your bite
Your bite is how your back teeth come together once you close your mouth. Having a correct bite is very important to your oral health and is the cornerstone of orthodontic science. If your teeth don’t come into proper contact with one another, your bite is incorrect. Having an incorrect bite has some serious consequences, some of which are:

  • An incorrect bite increases the likelihood of chipping and fracturing your teeth
  • It can cause failure of existing dental restorations, including your dental fillings and crowns breaking
  • Finally, a poor bite stresses your jaw joint which causes headaches, migraines and tension pain in your head and neck region

Lets take a look at how Smile Direct Club™ and dentists approach your bite evaluation:

Smile Direct Club’™s approach:

  • Customer: “Will clear aligners fix my bite?”
  • Representative: “They sure will! Our clear aligners can fix your grin in an average of 6 months for half the cost of braces!”

Dentist’s approach:

  • Patient: “Will clear aligners fix my bite?”
  • Dentist: “Clear aligners can make some bite corrections, but only for minor bite corrections. If your bite is incorrect, you require braces. Additionally, you should never wear at home teeth aligners if you have bite issues. At home aligners are unsupervised so they will most likely mess up your bite. If your bite is fixable with clear aligners, you must complete dentist delivered clear aligner therapy instead. This means that you must present periodically for me to examine and assess your bite to ensure it’s proper progress.”

You won’t hear a lot of no’s from Smile Direct Club™ people. This is because they don’t understand the problems which can be caused by negligent orthodontic treatment. Your dentist on the other hand has the knowledge and responsibility to explain these complications to you. Trying to fix complicated orthodontic misalignments with clear aligners is ineffective. You need to address your underlying orthodontic problem first. Simply wearing a couple of aligners to straighten your front few teeth will do nothing to fix your bite problems. Neither will it address underlying symptoms caused as a result of a poor tooth relationship. We recommend that you rely on the expertise of a dentist instead of a Smile Direct Club™ representative who lacks the training and experience required to understand the slew of things which can go wrong as a result of a poor bite relationship.

(5) Lack of accountability

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So what do you do is you see this in your mouth? Is it a cut from your teeth aligners? or an ulcer? or possibly cancer?
What happens if something goes wrong during your aligner treatment? Things happen as you know, especially when you’re moving your teeth around, for instance:

  • Your filling may break during clear aligner therapy
  • A crown or porcelain veneer could pop off
  • You could cut your lips or cheeks from wearing aligners

You have nothing to worry about if you have a dentist in charge of your treatment. Simply visit your dentist and he or she will fix the problem for you. But what if the same thing happens with Smile Direct Club™ clear aligners? Your only option is to get on a plane to go to Nashville and meet the dentist who approved your clear aligner program! Actually, you’l have to find a local dentist, but be prepared to pay a hefty sum to fix your problem. Lack of access to a dentist can be problematic when emergency situations like this happen. There’s simply no substitute for having access to a local dentist when you need one.

Smile Direct Club’s approach:

  • Customer: “My teeth have been hurting when I wear my aligners. What should I do?”
  • Representative: “Just give it some time and it should get better. I promise! Our aligners are extremely safe and they are BPA-free.”
  • Customer: “I think my aligners might be cutting my gums. Should I be worried?”
  • Representative: “Don’t worry. Our aligners are safe and BPA-free. I’m sure it’ll get better within a couple of days!”
  • Customer: “I finished my aligner therapy a few years ago, but I feel like my teeth have moved since. What should I do?”
  • Representative: “We can fix your grin with our clear aligners. You’ll will have to redo your program. Would you like to pay monthly or use CareCredit to pay for your aligners?”

Dentist’s approach:

  • Patient: “My teeth have been hurting when I wear my aligners. What should I do?”
  • Dentist: “Is it one tooth or all of your teeth which are hurting? Is the pain dull or sharp? How long does the pain last? Is it sensitive to hot, cold or sweets? Does it hurt when you chew on the tooth or it hurts consistently? Come on in and let me examine your tooth/teeth just to be safe. It’s very likely that the discomfort is related to your clear aligners, but there are other things that could go wrong and we need to rule them out. Once I examine your teeth I will let you know exactly what is happening. This way you won’t have to worry about it.”
  • Patient: “I think my aligners might be cutting my gums. Should I be worried?”
  • Dentist: “When did you switch out your most recent aligner? Have you tried leaving it out to see if the pain dissipates? Is there any pus or bleeding associated with the lesion? Have you taken any medications for it? What was the response? It’s very likely that the pain you’re experiencing is related to your clear aligners. However, there are dangerous conditions which mask themselves as sore lesions and must be ruled out. Come on in so that I can examine your gums to make sure there’s nothing serious going on. Plus, we can review how you’re wearing your teeth aligners and make sure that your progress on target.”
  • Patient: “I finished my aligner therapy a few years ago, but I feel like my teeth have moved since. What should I do?”
  • Dentist: “There’s always the chance that your teeth have moved, even in this short amount of time. Lets examine your teeth to see what’s going on. If the movement is minimal, we can tackle it by placing a fixed retainer on your teeth. If there is even more movement, we can consider placing some refinement aligners to move your teeth back to their correct position. Come on in and lets see how it is that we can help you maintain your new smile.”

Dentists and medical professionals care about patients as their reputation depends on it. Companies and corporate cares about profit sheets and income statements. If you’re comfortable being a customer, then you’ll do fine with do-it-yourself programs such as Smile Direct Club™. Just don’t expect the same level of personal care and attention to details as you would when you go to your neighborhood dentist. If you’re seeking one-on-one personal care wiht a human touch, then we recommend that you see a dentist instead.

Is there another way to get clear aligners from your local dentist for under $2,000?

Believe it or not, there actually are a couple of ways if to get affordable clear aligners directly from your dentist. Of course you’ll have to do some research on this one first. Lets look at three different ways you could straighten your teeth with dentist delivered clear aligners for around $2,000 or even for less:

(1) Invisalign® Express

One option to get cheap clear aligners from your local dentist is to go with Invisalign® Express. This can be a bit tricky though. Invisalign® charges dentists based on how many clear aligners it takes to straighten your teeth. If fixing your teeth takes just 4 to 5 aligners, you qualify for Invisalign® Express. You will probably have to do some shopping around and bargaining to get a discounted price on any Invisalign® program. Plus, there’s really no way of knowing if you’re going to qualify for Invisalign® Express in advance. In fact, not even your dentist would know if you’re a candidate until he or she has sent your impressions or scans to Invisalign® ‘s lab. At the end of the day, you’re still looking at spending at least $1,000 more with Invisalign® as compared to Smile Direct Club™. If you’re still interested in finding an Invisalign® provider to fix your smile, then click on the link below:

Invisalign® doctor finder

(2) Clear Correct™

A second option to obtain affordable clear aligners is to go with an Invisalign alternative such as Clear Correct™. Clear Correct™ is a more cost effective clear aligner system used as a substitute to Invisalign®. Having said that, there are not a lot of dentists who accept Clear Correct™. The biggest concern with Clear Correct™ teeth aligners is that they are not very effective at moving more stubborn teeth. Due to their limited functionality, Clear Correct™ clear aligners are only good for minor tooth movements and are not recommended for more complicated treatments. Typically, Clear Correct™ treatment is priced somewhere in between Invisalign® and Smile Direct Club™. While not nearly as expensive as Invisalign®, Clear Correct™ clear aligners are still priced higher than Smile Direct Club™ ‘s aligners. To find a Clear Correct™ provider near you click on the link below:

Clear Correct™ doctor finder

(3) Even28 at-home™

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Your final option is to see if you qualify for Even28 at-home™ clear aligner program. Even28 is a new clear aligner program that offers both dentist delivered clear aligners as well as at home clear aligners. Even28 at-home™ is perfect for those who would otherwise qualify for Smile Direct Club™ aligners but prefer to get their treatment through their local dentist. Keep in mind that Even28 at-home™ does require a single visit to an Even28 provider. Your Even28 dentist will perform your diagnosis, take your impressions and design your aligner program. The rest of your treatment will be competed at the comfort and convenience of your home. Of course, you still have access to your Even28 dentist should you ever need them at any point. The best part about Even28 at-home™ is that it is priced similar to Smile Direct Club™ but without the risks of dangers of do-it-yourself aligner programs. Even28 at-home™ costs just $1,850 which is also similar to Smile Direct Club™’s price with the added benefit of access to a local dentist. To find an Even28 provider near you click on the link below:

Even28 at-home™ doctor finder