Frequently Asked Questions: Clear Aligners

What are Even28 Clear Aligners?

Even28 Clear Aligners are a series of custom-designed, progressive, BPA-free clear plastic trays. Our clear aligner are 3-D printed to gradually guide your teeth from their current position into their desired final position. Each clear aligner moves your teeth a fraction of a millimeter until your teeth settle into their ideal position. Clear aligners help straighten your teeth for a more beautiful and radiant smile. Straight teeth are easier to clean, which could also mean less cavities and a lower chance of developing gum disease. The result is a more beautiful smile and healthier teeth and gums.

What are Even28 Clear Aligners made from?

Our clear aligners are made from BPA-free plastic which is safe. We pay particular attention to make sure we design our clear aligners so they don't irritate your cheeks or gums. This provides for maximum comfort, safety and efficiency to give you the best end results.

How are Even28 clear aligners made?

Each set of clear aligner is custom designed from moldings or scans of your teeth. Your dentist sends impressions or intra-oral scans of your upper and lower teeth to our lab. These are then transferred into our computer and analyzed by a technician. The technician follows your dentist's prescription to create a clear aligner program for your smile. Once your doctor approves this treatment, your clear aligners are 3-D printed and delivered to you or your dentist. It's that simple!

How do Even28 Clear Aligners straighten teeth?

Our clear aligners are 3-D printed as a series of progressive teeth aligners. Each clear aligner is designed to move your teeth just a fraction of a millimeter. As you continue to wear each consecutive clear aligner, your teeth gradually move into their desired position. Once you complete wearing your clear aligner series, your teeth will settle into their final position. Clear aligners straighten your teeth in a similar way as braces do. However, there's no need to wear metal brackets or wires with clear aligners. To learn more, visit an Even28 Clear Aligner provider near you today.

How do I know if I qualify for Even28 Clear Aligners?

In order to determine if you're a candidate, you must schedule a consultation with a participating Even28 Clear Aligner provider dentist. Participating providers offer two basic clear aligner programs:
(a) Even28 at-home™: This clear aligner program is designed for fixing mild-to-moderate orthodontic conditions such as fixing minor teeth crowding or closing small gaps. You will be given a set of aligners which you wear at home and there are no subsequent dentist visits after receiving your aligners.
(b) Even28 at-dentist™: This clear aligner program is designed for more advanced orthodontic corrections such as fixing extensive teeth crowding, bite corrections and deep overbites. The at-dentist program requires frequent dentist monitoring and supervision which includes several trips to dentist throughout the course of your program.

Can I wear Even28 Clear Aligners if I have dental cavities?

No, you have to fix your cavities before starting clear aligner treatment. Every time you start any type of orthodontic treatment you need to make sure that your mouth is cavity free. After all, you don't want to end up with a toothache right in the middle of your treatment! Talk to your regular dentist or your Even28 Clear Aligner provider about fixing your cavities before starting any type of clear aligner treatment.

Can I start my Even28 Clear Aligner program if I have gum disease?

No you can't! You must address your gum disease before you wear clear alignes to straightening your teeth. Gum disease is a serious dental condition. In fact, gum disease is the number one cause of tooth loss among the adult population. You never want to start moving your teeth if the supporting gum and bone structure is infected or compromised. Luckily, reversing gum disease is often times as easy as getting a thorough dental cleaning. Your dentist will assess your gum status before starting your Even28 Clear Aligner program.

Can I wear Even28 Clear Aligners if I have one or more missing teeth?

Sure you can. Even28 Clear Aligners are designed to work even if you have one or more missing teeth. We always recommend that you replace these missing teeth once your clear aligner treatment is completed. If you can't replace your missing teeth right away, then be sure to wear your retainers as instructed. Otherwise, your straight teeth can slowly shift into these gaps and become crooked again. Talk to your dentist about the best way to replace your missing teeth after completing your clear aligner therapy.

Can I start Even28 Clear Aligner therapy if I still have my wisdom teeth?

You can start clear aligner treatment even if you still have your wisdom teeth in most cases. Before starting clear aligner treatment, your dentist will check your wisdom teeth status. If your dentist recommends that you remove your wisdom teeth then you should do so. You need to wait about a month after removing your wisdom teeth before starting clear aligner therapy. On the other hand, if your dentist determines that you can keep your wisdom teeth for the time being, then you can start your Even28 Clear Aligner program right away. Be sure to wear your retainers as instructed if you still have wisdom teeth in your mouth. Otherwise your wisdom teeth push on your neighboring teeth and make them become crooked again!

Can I wear Even28 Clear Aligners if I have a dental implant?

Having a single dental implant in your mouth is not a big deal. Dental implants do interfere with clear aligner treatment as long as your dentist knows not to move the implant. See, you can't move dental implants the way you move natural teeth. Therefore, your dentist will design your clear aligner program to works around your dental implant(s). If you have multiple dental implants, like a mouth full of implants, then you probably won't qualify for clear aligner therapy. You should probably consider crowns or porcelain veneers as an alternative. Keep in mind, it always best to place dental implants after completing your clear aligner program, whenever possible.

How do I schedule my initial consultation?

You need to find a participating Even28 clear aligner provider near you. Participating providers offer two programs: Even28 at-home™ and Even28 at-dentist™. We recommend you read and familiarize yourself with our two different clear aligner programs beforehand. When ready to start, fill out a consultation request form on your dentists Even28 profile or give them a call. Be sure to specifically request an "Even28 clear aligner consultation"  so your dentist knows why you are there.

What should I expect during my Even28 clear aligner consultation?

Your consult includes everything you need to get started with your Even28 Clear Aligner program, including:

  • Assessment of your medical history and background
  • Evaluation of your teeth and gums to see if you can handle wearing clear aligners
  • Comprehensive orthodontic exam as well as a thorough bite evaluation
  • Scans or impressions of your teeth to treatment plan your clear aligner program (if you choose to get started)

How much does my Even28 clear aligner consult cost?

Each participating Even28 Clear Aligner provider sets his or her own consultation fee. Some provider offer complimentary consults while other charge for them. Find a participating Even28 Clear Aligner dentist near you to learn more:

What happens if I can't make it to my appointment?

If you need to cancel or reschedule, contact your Even28 Clear Aligner provider as soon as possible.  As a courtesy, most dentists always request that you give them at least a 24-hour notice when rescheduling appointments. Try not to cancel too many times as your dentist reserves the right to refuse treating you. Patient who are unable to keep appointments should highly consider going with Even28 at-home™ program (if eligible). In contrast to traditional clear aligner programs, Even28 at-home™ requires only an initial visit to the dentist. Beyond that, you wear your aligners at home and there are no additional mandatory dentist visits.

How do I wear my clear aligners?

Wearing your clear aligners is quite simple and you'll get used to them in no time. Each clear aligner is numbered, for example tray #1 of 10, tray #2 or 10, tray #3 of 10 and so forth. You must wear each set of clear aligners for at least 21 hours a day for 2 weeks. Remove your aligners out to eat, drink (water is okay) or clean your teeth, otherwise you should be wearing them. Wear each aligner for at least 2 weeks before switching to the next set. There are 3 ways to wear your clear aligners: full-time wear, nighttime only and daytime only. To learn more about the different methods of wearing your clear aligners, click here. Lastly, if you switch to your new aligner and it's extremely painful, you have the option of wearing your previous set for an additional 2-3 days. However, if after one additional week you still can't wear your new aligners, then you should contact your Even28 Clear Aligner provider.

What should I do with my old clear aligners?

Keep them. Always store your older aligners in their package in correct sequence and never dispose of them. Why? Occasionally, you may have to go back to wearing an old aligner per your dentist's recommendation. Additionally, if your teeth shift in the future, you may want to go back and re-wear your last 3-4 aligners. Be sure to keep your clear aligners in a safe place away from children and pets. This way you can reuse them in the future if ever necessary.

How long does it take to straighten my smile with clear aligners?

Clear aligner treatment times vary depending on how much tooth movement is required. A simple case could be finished in just 3-4 months whereas a more complicated case could take 1-2 year. If you want to straighten your teeth even faster, be sure to choose our Even28 Express program. Even28 Express straightens your teeth faster because each aligner moves your teeth just a tiny bit more than traditional aligners. On average, Even28 Express cuts down 35% on your treatment times.

Don't ever rush getting your clear aligner program. Moving teeth too fast can cause damage to your teeth, jaw bone or even screw up your bite. Plus, moving your teeth too fast increase your chances of orthodontic relapse. This means your teeth shift back to their pre-treatment position with a few years. Be patient as your clear aligners move your teeth into their correct position. This explains why we always recommend that you wear each clear aligner for at least 2 weeks full-time. Two weeks is the least amount of time required for your teeth to settle into their new position. Talk to your Even28 Clear Aligner provider to learn more about the fastest and best way to straighten your smile.

What does it feel like to wear clear aligners?

Clear aligners feel very tight since they grip your teeth firmly and are shifting them into a new position. Wearing clear aligners can be a bit painful at the beginning. Wearing a new set of aligners always feels a bit tight and it could take some getting used to. Luckily, clear aligners are much simpler to wear as compared to braces. Use your outie or chewie tool in your Even28 SmileBox to help you seat or remove your new aligners. Your dentist will go over how to use these with you. Ask your dentist for assistance if you have any other issues wearing your aligners and they will coach you throughout your smile journey.

What should I do if my clear aligners are painful?

Wearing a new set of clear aligners could be a bit painful, especially if this is your first time wearing aligners. Tooth movement always causes some discomfort. If there's no pain, then there's no tooth movement! Luckily, the pain always subsides after the first few days. Try drinking cold water or sodas to help relieve the pain for the first 2-3 days. If necessary, take a tylenol or advil. Be patient, you will get used to your clear aligners before you know it.

How much do Even28 clear aligners cost?

We offer two different clear aligner programs. The first step is to see which clear aligner program you qualify for:

  • Even28 at-home™: If you qualify for our at-home clear aligner program your fee is a fixed $1,995 regardless of which dentist you choose to go to
  • Even28 at-dentist™: Prices for our at-dentist program varies. Each dentist sets his or her own fee for Even28 at-dentist™ clear aligner program.

Your Even28 Clear Aligner provider can help you determine which clear aligner program is best for your needs. Schedule a consultation with a provider near you to see how you can straighten your smile and if you qualify for clear aligner treatment.

How can I pay for my Even28 program?

We offer several different payment options for our Even28 Clear Aligner program. Most participating dentists accept major credit cards, debit cards, FHA allowance, PayPal and other forms of payment. Most participating dentists also offer affordable monthly payment plan options for those interested in financing their Even28 Clear Aligner program. To learn more about your different payment options, visit an Even28 Clear Aligner provider near you today.

Do Even28 Clear Aligner providers offer payment plan options?

Yes, almost all participating Even28 Clear Aligner providers offer a variety of affordable monthly payment plan options. Your monthly payments could be as little as $50 a month with your good credit. Most monthly payment plans give you one to three year,  or even longer, to pay off your balance. To learn more about different payment options, find an Even28 Clear Aligner provider near you.

Will my dental insurance cover clear aligners?

Clear aligner coverage falls under orthodontic treatment. Some dental insurance plans have orthodontic coverage. You may get reimbursed for part of your clear aligner treatment if this is the case. Let your Even28 Clear Aligner provider know if you have dental insurance. They will help you bill your insurance. While we can not make any guarantee of payment on behalf of your insurance, we can tell you that a fair number of patients receive significant reimbursement checks for clear aligner treatment.

Can I pay with HSA or FSA?

Sure you can! All participating Even28 Clear Aligner dentists accept both payment options. Simply process your HSA or FSA card as you would any other credit card. Your Even28 Clear Aligner provider should be able to assist you with processing your payment. 

How do I request a refund?

Partial refunds must be approved by your treating Even28 Clear Aligner provider. Full refunds require approval from your treating dentist as well as Even28 Clear Aligners corporate office. Full refunds are typically only available prior to manufacturing your clear aligners (other than exceptional circumstances). Once your clear aligners have been  manufactured, partial refunds are made on a per need basis. The first step in requesting a refund is to talk to your provider to see if they can remedy the situation. If you need further assistance, or if you're seeking a full refund, then please email us at admin@even28.com. Be thorough and explain all the circumstances surrounding your request. We will make a decision within 90 days and issue a full or partial refund whenever appropriate.

Who designs my clear aligner treatment?

Your dentist or orthodontist does. You will work closely with your Even28 Clear Aligner provider to design the perfect clear aligner program for your smile. During your initial consultation, your dentist will fill out a prescription which communicates all necessary details to our laboratory. Our clear aligner manufacturer will follow your dentist's prescription to design an EvenCheck. Our EvenCheck is a computer animation of your projected tooth movement. You will receive an email showing your tooth movement for your records as well.  Once your dentist has approved your clear aligner program, our lab will start manufacturing your clear aligners. You're now ready to get started with your clear aligner journey!

How long is the typical clear aligner treatment time?

Clear aligner treatment times vary depending on how much tooth movement is required. Treatment can be as short as 3 months or as long as two years, sometimes even longer. Once we design your EvenCheck, your 3D tooth movement projection, we can give you an estimate of how long your treatment will take. Of course treatment times vary based on how often you're wearing your clear aligners. For example, if your treatment requires 10 clear aligners, then treatment will take 5 months if you wear your clear aligners using the standard full-time method. If you wear your clears night time only, then expect treatment to take twice as long, or 10 months basically.

Can I only wear upper aligners or lower aligners?

We generally treat both the upper and lower teeth together. As teeth in one arch move, it affects the way your teeth touch. It's important to make sure that your teeth are touching properly once treatment is complete. This is why we almost always prefer treating your top and bottom teeth together. Of course, you may finish one arch before the other one. For instance, you may need 15 clear aligners to straighten your lower teeth but only 8 aligners for your upper teeth which aren't as crooked.

What is the minimum age requirement?

Each Even28 Clear Aligner provider has a comfort level and so the minimum age varies from provider to provider. Generally, the minimum age to qualify for clear aligner treatment is 13 years old. Most providers won't start your clear aligner treatment until all of your baby teeth have fallen out. You must be accompanied by a parent or guardian during all of your appointments if you're underage..

What if I'm not satisfied with the results?

Our goal is to make sure that each and every one of our patients achieves the smile of their dreams. We're here to help you out in case you're not satisfied with your end results. Talk to your dentist if you finish your Even28 Clear Aligner program and are not completely satisfied with your smile. You could be eligible for additional clear aligners to continue your smile journey. Talk to your Even28 Clear Aligner provider to come up with a course of action to correct any problems. Often times this problem can be fixed simply by wearing a few additional clears. If you need further assistance, email us at admin@even28.com and we will help you out.

What other accessories do you offer alongside your clear aligner programs?

In addition to Even28 Clear Aligners, we also offer other accessories to help improve yor oral health. The best part is, all these accessories can be using your initial scan or impression. This means that your accessory arrives in the same package as your clear aligner box and you DON't have to take another impression or scan at the end. Yay! Even28 Clear Aligner providers typically offer an additional discount on accessories when purchased alongside your clear aligner program. Here's a list of the most common dental accessories which you might consider purchasing alongside your clear aligner program:

  • Custom night guard
  • Custom whitening trays
  • Custom athletic mouth guard
  • Retainers: Clear or fixed

[ps2id id='align28-clear-aligners-removable-retainer']

How much do removable retainers cost?

Clear aligners straighten your teeth, but they don't keep them straight after your treatment is complete. You need to continue wearing your retainers once your treatment is complete. Otherwise your teeth will gradually start shifting back to their original pre-treatment position! Clear retainers help keep your teeth in their existing position, so long as you wear them as instructed by your dentist. Talk to your Even28 Clear Aligner provider to purchase a set of clear retainers to go along with your clear aligner program. Click here to learn more about how clear retainers work and how you should use them.

How much does a custom night guard cost?

 

Custom night guards protect your teeth, TMJ and head & neck muscles against the effects of teeth grinding. A custom night guard is much more effective than its over-the-counter alternative. Heavy grinders, those with a history of tooth fracture and TMJ patients are always recommended to wear a custom night guard. Each participating Even28 Clear Aligner provider sets sets his or her fees for custom night guards. Consider purchasing a custom night guard as part of your clear aligner program. Not only will you enjoy additional discounts, you won't have to take an additional impression of scan at the end of your treatment. Your custom night guard will be included with your clear aligner package. Click here to learn more about custom night guards to see if you could benefit from purchasing one.

 

How much do whitening trays cost?

Whitening trays are custom designed plastic trays which can be used to brighten your smile. Custom trays are great, not only can they whiten your teeth, they can be reused over and over. All you need is some more whitening gel and you're good to go! You can purchased custom whitening trays alongside your clear aligner program. This way you will have both straighter and whiter teeth.  To learn more about custom bleaching trays, click here.

How much does an athletic mouth guard cost?

A mouth guard is used to protect your mouth in case of a sport injury. Custom mouth guards are much more effective at protecting your mouth and skull during serious accidents. You can purchase a custom mouth guard alongside your clear aligner program if you need one. Each participating Even28 Clear Aligner provider sets his or her own fees for athletic mouth guards. Click here to learn more about custom mouth guards to see if you could possibly benefit from purchasing one.

How much do fixed retainers cost?

Fixed retainers are an alternative to removable retainers for cases which are more complicated. Each participating Even28 Clear Aligner provider sets his or her fees for fixed retainers. Click here to learn more about the different types of retainers to see which type is best for you.

even28-logo