The Clear Alternative to Braces
Clear aligner treatment with Dr. Powell and the team at Hometown Orthodontics can give you beautiful, straight teeth without braces, brackets, or wires.
About Clear Aligners in Searcy
A clear aligner system uses see-through, lightweight, plastic aligners that fit over your teeth and are designed to straighten your smile. They’re removable too, which makes it easier to brush, floss, and eat and drink what you want.
Clear aligners are much more comfortable than traditional metal bracket braces and can give patients the same stunning results all around Searcy.
At your initial consultation at Hometown Orthodontics, we'll take digital scans and X-rays to create a 3D image of your mouth. We make your first set of custom-fitted aligners from these images, and then you begin the process of straightening your teeth.
You’ll probably wear your clear aligners for 9–15 months, and will typically use 18–30 sets during your treatment at Hometown Orthodontics.
You wear the trays for about 22 hours a day but can remove them for brushing your teeth and eating. Based on your individual needs, and the treatment plan put in place by Hometown Orthodontics, you’ll wear several sets of trays throughout your orthodontic treatment, but you’ll start to notice a change in just a few months!
A Modern Approach
Clear aligner systems take a modern approach to straightening teeth. It uses a custom-made series of aligners created for you and only you and your clear aligner trays are made of smooth, comfortable, and virtually invisible plastic that you wear over your teeth.
Wearing your clear aligners will gently move your teeth into place little by little, based on the exact movements Dr. Powell plans for you.
With clear aligner treatment at Hometown Orthodontics, there are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. You just pop in a new set of aligners about every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.
At Hometown Orthodontics, you’ll get a great smile without a treatment that gets in the way of your daily life. The best part about the whole process is that most people won’t even know that you’re straightening your teeth until they notice your stunning results.
This nearly-invisible option to straighten your teeth is truly changing the way people see orthodontic treatment around Searcy.
Dr. Powell has years of experience treating patients with clear aligners, and she's thrilled to offer this technology to our patients at Hometown Orthodontics.
Differences Between Clear Aligner & Braces
Unlike traditional braces, smooth plastic clear aligners don't have metal components that can scratch your mouth or gums.
Because you can just take them out when you eat, you won't need to restrict your diet like you would when wearing braces – bring on the chips and popcorn!
It’s important to note that the aligners must be removed for eating and for drinking anything other than water. You need to make sure you’re willing to do that before you decide on clear aligners.
To prevent staining, you’ll need to clean your teeth before putting the aligners back on after each time you eat.
Of course, brushing and flossing are much easier than with traditional braces, since you don’t have to maneuver around any brackets and wires.
Talk to Us About Clear Aligners
It’s important to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day as recommended by Dr. Powell, so they can do their job and straighten your teeth. But, with this system, you can remove your aligners for special occasions.
Like with traditional braces, you’ll generally need to wear a retainer after clear aligner treatment to maintain your new alignment—and your confident new smile.
Dr. Powell may not recommend clear aligners for some more complex alignment or bite issues, or for those who have bridgework; Dr. Powell can advise you about what options are best for you.
Schedule your free consultation with Dr. Powell at our office in Searcy to learn if clear aligner are right for you.