At Spokane Valley Dentistry, we are proud to offer advanced orthodontic care options to patients of all ages needing correction of malpositioned teeth or jaws. With the continuing breakthroughs in orthodontic technology, our patients choose from treatments that are comfortable, efficient and subtle.
Clear Braces offer an orthodontic solution with the same efficiency and control of traditional braces, but with a more cosmetic appearance. Due to the bracket’s clear nature, this subtle option is a popular treatment for adults, but is more fragile and at risk for discoloration between appointments.
Clear aligners can straighten a dental patient’s teeth without the wires and brackets of traditional braces. The aligners consist of a sequence of clear, removable trays that fit over the teeth to straighten them. Each tray must be worn by the patient for a specified amount of time—usually around 20 hours a day for two weeks–before the patient can progress to the next tray. In most situations, the aligners can straighten teeth in anywhere from six to 18 months.
Clear aligners are suitable for patients with mild or moderate crowding, or minor spacing issues. While the aligners can correct a mild malocclusion, patients with severe underbites, overbites or crossbites may require more advanced treatment.
Unlike traditional braces, the trays can be removed for brushing, flossing, and eating. Because the trays are clear, patients can undergo this type of orthodontic treatment without the usual discomfort associated with regular braces.