Clear Braces San Antonio, TX

For most dental patients, having straight teeth and a beautiful smile does not come naturally. Children and teens typically get braces or clear aligners to correct their teeth early on. Clear aligners are an excellent choice for teens and adults because they offer a convenient and discreet treatment option. The sooner you seek orthodontic care, the better your oral health will be later on in life.

Our skilled staff at Advanced Dental Associates can help you with dental exams and cleanings. Our dentists provide consultations and fittings for clear aligners in San Antonio, TX. Clear aligners are a cosmetic dental treatment we offer to all our patients. Visit our dental office to get a straighter smile in no time.

Clear Braces in San Antonio, TX

Clear Braces at our San Antonio, TX, Dental Office

Our cosmetic clear aligners are a modern orthodontic treatment that will correct your smile and straighten your teeth. Typically, our treatment consists of wearing a series of multiple clear and removable alignment trays. Clear aligners can fix issues like:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Open bites

They are virtually invisible because of how snug the clear aligner fits on your teeth. They are FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approved and contain no BPA, BPS, latex, or gluten. Clear aligners are safe for anyone facing any of these allergies.

Clear aligners are more comfortable than rigid metal braces because they consist of solid but flexible plastic. When wearing metal braces, you might cut your lips and gums if they don’t fit properly. With the help of our clear aligners, you do not have to worry about the unnecessary pain that comes with braces.

Benefits of Clear Aligners

The biggest reason patients prefer clear braces is because they’re discreet. Traditional braces use metal brackets and obvious wires that stick out when you smile. However, clear aligners use transparent plastic that’s much less noticeable. Many people won’t know you’re wearing them.

Unlike braces that you have to wear all hours of the day, every day, clear aligners are removable. You can take them out to eat or drink, perform your oral healthcare routine, or even for special occasions. You can still consume your favorite foods and drinks without worrying about the aligners getting in the way. However, you must wear them for the bulk of the day to ensure proper treatment.

Taking care of your oral health is also easier when you don’t have to learn to brush and floss around brackets and wires. Clear aligner treatment is often shorter and less expensive than with metal braces. On average, clear aligners treatment time lasts about 12 to 18 months.

Unlike traditional braces, which can harm soft tissue with brackets and wires, the plastic of clear braces is smooth. Our dentists will custom-fit them for the best natural fit to your teeth. You don’t have to worry about them pinching or irritating your gums or lips.

You don’t have to visit the dentist or orthodontist as much either. With traditional metal braces, the orthodontist has to tighten the wires each month to move your teeth. With clear aligners, you will get your aligner sets ahead of time in the mail. You will change them out yourself every 1 to 2 weeks.

Maintaining your Clear Aligners

Though they’re easier to care for than traditional braces, you must do it properly so that they’re effective. If you take the aligners out to eat, rinse your mouth with water afterward before putting them back in. You should also try to gently brush your teeth and the aligners before putting them back in your mouth. Whenever you brush, take extra care of your gumline area where the aligners meet, as buildup is common here.

At a minimum, clean your aligners once or twice a day. Clean them at the same time you brush and floss your natural teeth. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush with nonabrasive toothpaste or mild soap to clean the aligners to avoid scratching them. Not properly cleaning your aligners leads to buildup and staining.

Put them in their case whenever you take your aligners out. This ensures you always know where they are and keeps them safe from damage or misplacement. Putting them down on a napkin to eat and then accidentally throwing them out or misplacing them is common.

Though you shouldn’t be eating or drinking with the aligners on, certain things can still harm them. If you eat or drink things that contain staining pigment, ensure you’re thoroughly rinsing and cleaning your mouth. Putting the aligners back in right after you consume these things can still stain them.

Clear aligners offer many benefits compared to braces, so why not try to straighten your smile using them! Get the straight teeth you have always wanted at Advanced Dental Associates.

Contact our San Antonio dental office at 210-361-6847 or online anytime. We will help you decide if you’re a good candidate for clear aligners, and create a custom treatment plan that’s right for you.