THE DENTIST OFF MAIN - DR. LUCZAK, DDS, MPH

ORTHODONTIC ALIGNERS

What are orthodontic aligners and how to they work?


“Invisible braces” are here. Orthodontists call them “clear aligners.” Consumers may call them “Invisalign” (a brand name that’s become a generic term, like Kleenex, even though several companies make clear aligners). Aligners are one of many technological advancements that have made orthodontic treatment less conspicuous and to move teeth and align jaws to create a healthy, beautiful smile. 


Like traditional braces, aligners are designed to move teeth a little at a time. Before treatment begins, the orthodontist will examine the patient, and take diagnostic records including x-rays, photographs, and impressions or digital scans of the teeth. From that information, the orthodontist can arrive at a diagnosis, and then work within the aligner software to design your smile and plan the treatment process – which tooth moves where, and in what order – guiding teeth into healthy positions. 


The Dentist Off Main currently offers two brands of orthodontic aligners:

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