Clear Aligners Specialist

LM Orthodontics

Orthodontists located in McLean, VA

People tend to attribute braces to their awkward teenage years and would rather distance themselves from such embarrassment during adulthood. Now there are a variety of clear aligner options available to get the smile you want without having traditional braces. At any age, the team at LM Orthodontics can help you achieve straighter teeth with clear aligners or other inconspicuous alignment appliances. To learn more about clear aligners and how they can benefit your oral health, call LM Orthodontics to request an appointment today.

Clear Aligners

What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are an orthodontic system that allows many patients to forgo the complications of traditional braces, such as irritation on the inside of the mouth or embarrassment upon attending school or work with visible metal on the teeth.

Clear aligners have become synonymous with Invisalign®, the most popular clear aligner system, but there are several other brands available, too. All types of clear aligners involve the gradual movement of your teeth with a series of custom-made clear plastic trays that you can remove when you eat and brush your teeth.

During your consulation for clear aligners, the LM Orthodondics team creates a digital 3D rendering of your teeth on a computer to map out their movement over time. With this technology, you can see exactly how your teeth will move and find out immediately how long you'll need to wear your aligners.

You will be wearing the aligners everyday and progressing to the next aligner weekly or otherwise instructed by your orthodontist. Each aligner gradually moves your teeth closer to their final position, over the course of several months during your treatment.

What are the advantages of clear aligners?

There are many advantages to choosing clear aligners as your orthodontic alignment treatment.

Many patients prefer the system over traditional braces and other options because:

  • They are virtually invisable
  • They are removable for easting, brushing, and flossing
  • Check-up appointments are quick and simple
  • They make it easy to keep your teeth clean
  • No emergency visits for broken brackets and wires
  • They’re custom-made to fit perfectly and comfortably over your teeth

Who is eligible for clear aligners?

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Not everyone in need of braces can choose clear aligners, but they’re a great alternative for many patients. You may be a candidate to get clear aligners if you:

  • Have mild to moderate misalignment
  • Are willing to commit to wearing them for 20-22 hours per day
  • Are committed to following through on your treatment plan
  • Keep your mouth clean
  • Don’t have full-mouth implants or prosthetics
  • Have a healthy mouth

If you have severe misalignment issues and would still prefer not to have metal braces, the LM Orthodontics team can help you explore other inconspicuous alignment options like clear braces.

If you’d like straighter teeth but feel that the complications of traditional braces are too much to handle, call LM Orthodontics.