Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners

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If you are looking to achieve a better smile but do not want to deal with the inconvenience or appearance of traditional metal braces, clear aligners are a perfect alternative. To determine if this is the appropriate option for you, schedule an appointment with the experienced Albuquerque dentist at Dental House. We are prepared to assess your condition and provide a solution that is tailored to your specific goals.

About Clear Aligners

Invisalign enjoys powerful name recognition because they were the first to establish their product in the eyes of the public but aligner technology does not belong solely to their company. Since the Invisalign patent ran out, we have seen the rise of other brands (you may have seen their advertisements splashed across social media) but such new products may trade convenience for safety so it is important to work with your dentist to choose the right product that is safest and most effective for you. It is important to understand the potential risks involved with moving bone through bone, and doing so under the watchful eye of a trained health professional can mean the difference between having a healthy, beautiful smile and permanently losing a significant amount of jaw bone (the bedrock of your teeth).

Traditional metal braces are fixed on the teeth (unless they are broken or professionally removed) while clear aligners are removable and nearly invisible. While it is true that aligners can be misplaced, patients generally prefer them when they are a treatment option – a dental professional can determine when this is the case – because they provide more comfort over metal braces and the ability to remove them allows for easier maintenance of oral hygiene. Moreover, patients often feel that clear aligners are more socially acceptable than braces due to being harder to see, which allows for a more natural look for the duration of treatment.

Clear aligners are made of a firm thermoplastic material that resembles a teeth-whitening tray. Patients who choose this treatment option will have a series of aligners custom-made and designed to move teeth in a predetermined sequence with each new aligner playing its role in this total movement.

Every time an aligner is placed on a patient’s teeth, they create gentle but constant directional force on the teeth, resulting in a gradual shift toward an end goal. Generally, a patient is able to advance to a new set of clear aligners every two weeks.

Clear aligners, such as Invisalign or SureSmile, are a particularly effective form of treatment since they allow for the control of both the amount of force placed on a patient’s teeth and the timing of that application of force. Unsupervised products, such as Smile Direct Club are currently not recommended by this office because of the risks they pose.

As previously mentioned, the importance of aligner patients being able to easily floss their teeth and brush better cannot be overstated. Traditional braces involve metal brackets and wires that may not only irritate the mouth, but also create more surface area for bacteria to grow while simultaneously making it difficult to clean certain spots. Bacteria is small, and even tiny areas that are not cleaned over time can become perfect homes for bacterial colonies, whose growth can lead to inflammation of the gums, bad breath, and even potential tooth decay. With aligners, patients simply remove the trays to comfortably brush and floss, or eat and drink, then put the aligners back on. A common question patients ask is how long they must wear their trays. For best results, it is important for patients to wear their aligners whenever they are not eating or cleaning their teeth.

The Treatment Process

While the length of treatment can vary depending on the severity of a patient’s case, treatment generally takes about 12 months for most adults. For teenage patients, the length of time is more varied and must be determined by your dentist. To monitor a patient’s progress and to help prevent negative risk factors like loss of bone, our office will likely schedule regular appointments every 4 to 6 weeks.

What Happens After Treatment Is Complete?

Most dentists recommend the use of a retainer following any orthodontic treatment to prevent your teeth from shifting. Everyone is different, so be sure to ask your dentist if you need post-treatment retainers, and/or if it is necessary for both the upper and lower arches.

Achieve Your Best Smile Today

If you are currently considering your options for achieving a better smile, clear aligners could be the right treatment for you. Even if you are already in treatment with traditional metal braces, it is possible to switch. If you have had braces in the past but your teeth have shifted after correction, you may also benefit from using clear aligners to make the necessary adjustments without having to undergo the experience of wearing braces again.

To find out what the best course of action is for your unique situation, contact the trusted and friendly staff at Dental House. Our experienced Albuquerque family dentist is happy to help you choose the best option to improve your smile and self-confidence.

Contact us today at (505) 835-2322 to schedule an appointment.

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    Dr. Rachel Park

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    Albuquerque Dentist With a conservative approach to treatment, a very sensitive touch, and a friendly chairside manner, Dr. Park has developed a strong reputation as a tremendously trustworthy and gentle provider, taking great pride in how welcome and comfortable her patients feel. As a former school teacher, Dr. Park has a deep connection with children and feels comfortable seeing patients of all ages. Having an inexhaustible dedication to continuing education, Dr. Park is well-trained in ...
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    Dr. Valerie Wroblewski

    DDS

    Dr. Wroblewski (“row-BLESS-key”) was born and raised in Albuquerque. After graduating with honors from the University of New Mexico in 1980, she received her Doctorate of Dental Surgery from Baylor Dental College in Dallas, Texas in 1984. Dr. Wroblewski has stayed true to her professional commitment to providing the highest standard of care for all of her patients throughout her 36 years in practice. Dr. Wroblewski feels that continuing her dental education is critical and has attended many ...
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    Danielle

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    Hello, my name is Danielle Martinez and I am so excited to be a part of the Dental House team. I graduated from UNM in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Dental Hygiene and was a dental assistant prior to that. I have spent most of my career working in private practice and also spent some time working with the developmentally disabled, which I enjoyed immensely. My goal is to always provide the BEST care for my patients and to treat each patient as if they are my own family. I do more than just ...
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    Julie

    Dental Hygienist

    Hello, my name is Julie Arnett and I am so excited to be a part of the Dental House team! I am proud to say that I have spent nearly three decades practicing right here in Albuquerque, where I was born and raised. I am a UNM graduate and also attended the DECOD (Dental Education in Care Of the Disabled) program at the University of Washington. I have always loved my role in preventive care in the dental field, and providing the best care possible is what we do here at Dental House. I am married ...
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    Chanel

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    Hello, my name is Chanel Scott and I am a dental assistant. While still relatively young in my career, I am determined to keep pushing to be the best assistant I can be. With the help of Dr. Park and the rest of our team, I am well on my way to achieving my goal of providing the warmest, most time-efficient, highest quality care to our patients. My hobbies include exercising, baking, and going on hikes with my pugs. I am so excited to be part of the Dental House team!
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    Pam

    Dental Assistant

    I have been a Dental Assistant for over thirty years, and have worked for just a handful of dentists in my career. I have never liked to move around because I care about bonding with my patients, learning more about them, and being a part of their lives. To me, my patients are more like family members rather than just “patients.” Assisting my dentist and creating healthy and beautiful smiles brings me much happiness and joy. Making current, as well as new patients, feel at ease is what I find ...
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    Shawna

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    Hello, my name is Shawna Salazar and I have been in the dental industry for the last 21 years. I began in dental assisting then transitioned to teaching chairside assisting and now have advanced to the front office where I have been an office manager for the last 10 years. In my dental career, I have experienced many roles and types of dentistry. In addition to being an instructor, I have also worked in mobile dentistry and have traveled the country in military dentistry experience. I take great ...
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    My name is Kelli and I have been passionate about dentistry for the last 10 years. I began my career as a dental assistant, graduating from PIMA Medical Institute in 2011 with top honors, and am excited to move forward into the front office. What I love most about my dental career is caring for and connecting with patients of all ages in a close-knit general office - which we do better than anyone else in town! Helping patients to achieve their beautiful smiles and maintain their oral health, ...
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