Clear Aligners

Is a less-than-perfect smile diminishing your confidence? If you’re self-concsious about crooked teeth or gaps in your teeth, and you are looking for a discreet solution to perfecting your smile, then clear aligners in Lugoff, SC are the perfect solution for you! Offering a virtually invisible and comfortable route towards a straighter smile, clear aligners can treat a number of orthodontic misalignments to reveal a straighter, more confident smile.

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What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are virtually invisible, custom-fitted removable trays that are worn over the teeth to straighten them over time. Unlike braces, they are free from metal brackets or wires, offering a discreet way of improving one's smile. At Lugoff Smiles, Dr. Sartor offers two leading brands of clear aligners tailored to meet the individual needs of every patient: Reveal Clear Aligners and SureSmile Clear Aligners. You’ve probably heard about Invisalign but this is not the be-all-and-end-all brand of clear aligners. Don’t believe us? Let’s explore what Reveal and SureSmile aligners can do for your smile.

Reveal Clear Aligners

Reveal Clear Aligners stand out for their remarkable clarity. Crafted from the latest advancements in clear materials, they are as invisible as aligners can get, making it almost undetectable even from a close distance. Additionally:

  • They boast a stain-resistant feature ensuring they remain clear throughout the treatment.
  • Designed for comfort, their smooth edges prevent gum and cheek irritation.
  • They are made from a durable material, ensuring a snug fit for effective alignment.

With a number of payment options on offer, Reveal clear aligners are an affordable alternative to Invisalign, producing results that are just as remarkable, with many patients finding them more comfortable.

SureSmile Clear Aligners

SureSmile Clear Aligners are renowned for their precision. Their technology is backed by:

  • Advanced digital planning, ensuring that every tooth movement is mapped out with pinpoint accuracy.
  • A shorter treatment time due to its efficient design and planning.
  • They offer a snug fit, ensuring effective and predictable results.

SureSmile is perfect for individuals who need straighter teeth in a hurry. Say you’re getting married a year from now and would like to straighten a few crooked teeth before the big day. With a speedier treatment time (up to 3 months faster), SureSmile would be the perfect clear aligner therapy for your case.

Why Our Practice Doesn’t Offer Invisalign

Invisalign is undoubtedly a pioneer in the clear aligner industry and has its merits. However, after extensive research and evaluation, Dr. Sartor chose Reveal and SureSmile over Invisalign for Lugoff Smiles pateints. Here’s why:

  • Customization: Both Reveal and SureSmile allow for more personalized treatments specific to individual patient's needs.
  • Cost Efficiency: Often, these alternative brands can be more affordable without compromising on quality.
  • Technological Advancements: The cutting-edge technology behind SureSmile, for instance, often results in more precise and quicker results. Likewise, the ClearWear material used to create Reveal aligners is stain-resistant, keeping aligners crystal clear.
  • No Attachments: Invisalign requires tiny tooth-colored bumps strategically bonded onto the surface of teeth to enhance the grip of the aligners. These are not required when using Reveal or SureSmile aligners.

The Benefits of Clear Aligners Over Traditional Braces

Besides their aesthetic appeal, clear aligners bring with them a number of advantages over traditional braces:

  • Comfort: Without brackets or wires, there’s minimal risk of mouth irritation.
  • Flexibility: Being removable, you can enjoy your favorite foods without any restrictions.
  • Efficiency: Digital planning often results in faster treatment times, ranging from 6 to 18 months depending on the severity of the misalignment.
  • Hygiene: Clear aligners are easier to clean, and you can maintain better oral hygiene routines without braces in the way.
  • Discreet: Most adults do not want to walk around with traditional braces, so clear aligners offer an invisible and under-the-radar solution to straightening your teeth.

Who’s the Ideal Candidate for Clear Aligners?

Almost anyone longing for a straighter smile can be a candidate. They're perfect for:

  • Crowded teeth
  • Overbites, underbites, and crossbites
  • Gap teeth
  • General teeth straightening needs

However, severe cases may still require traditional orthodontic solutions. Dr. Sartor evaluates each case individually, ensuring you receive the best treatment tailored to your needs.

FAQs on Clear Aligners in Lugoff, SC

Q: How long do I need to wear my clear aligners each day?

A: For optimal results, it's recommended to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours daily.

Q: Are clear aligners painful?

A: Some mild discomfort can be felt initially as teeth start moving, but it’s typically less than traditional braces.

Q: How often do I visit Dr. Sartor during treatment?

A: Usually every 6-8 weeks, but it varies based on individual treatment plans.

Q: Can I eat while wearing my aligners?

A: It’s recommended to remove them while eating or drinking anything other than water.

Q: How do I clean my aligners?

A: Rinse them with lukewarm water and use a soft-bristle toothbrush. Avoid hot water as it can warp the plastic.

Q: Are there any side effects?

A: Some people might experience a temporary lisp as they adjust, but this goes away quickly.

Q: How long does the entire treatment last?

A: Treatment length varies, but on average, it’s between 9-18 months.

Q: Is the treatment cost covered by dental insurance?

A: Many dental plans cover clear aligners just like they would regular braces, but it's best to check with your provider.

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