Clear Aligners

Discreet, Metal-Free Orthodontic Correction in Grand Rapids, MI

Clear aligners.

How our teeth fit together and are arranged serves important functional and aesthetic purposes. The vast majority of people could benefit from some form of orthodontic correction during their lives. Some may want this correction for cosmetic purposes – a straighter smile, for example. Others need treatment to correct bite misalignments, teeth crowding, or jaw issues. At Woodmeadow Dentistry, we provide custom orthodontic correction through clear aligners for a variety of problems.

Invisalign is the best-known brand of clear aligners, but the term “clear aligner” refers to any removable, transparent device for orthodontic correction.

Clear aligners were a breakthrough in orthodontics and eliminated many of the issues with conventional metal braces. First, clear aligners are transparent and use no metal pieces. This makes for devices that are barely visible and hardly noticeable.

Secondly, clear aligners are removable. Patients can easily take them out for meals, brushing, and flossing.

Finally, clear aligners are widely considered to be more comfortable than metal braces. This feature is important for compliance, as the more often a patient wears their aligner, the briefer the overall treatment time will be.

Doc’s Tips: How to Get the Most from Your Clear Aligners

  • You should wear your aligner as much as possible, ideally 20-22 hours daily.
  • Only remove your aligner to eat and drink or for brushing and flossing. Put it back on immediately after.
  • You will need routine visits every 4 to 6 weeks to monitor your progress.
  • After completing your clear aligner therapy, it is important to continue to wear your retainers long term to maintain the stability of your bite.

We create personalized clear aligners to meet the needs of adolescents and adults. Schedule your consultation and see if clear aligners are right for you!

Please call us at (616) 957-0303 today to schedule a consult.