Are you looking for a new way to straighten your smile? Try clear aligners. Clear aligners are a cosmetic dental treatment that can realign the smile with clear orthodontic appliances. The clear aligners offer a more discreet alternative to traditional metal braces. Dr. Mohamed Hassan offers clear aligner treatment to patients in Dundalk, MD. He wants his patients to receive the best possible care to create a smile that meets their cosmetic goals. Clear aligners benefits adult patients with crooked teeth who do not need to address severe orthodontic problems like an underbite, overbite, or crossbite.
Clear Aligner Treatment in Dundalk, MD
To begin Clear aligner treamtent, Dr. Hassan will take impressions and scans of the teeth. The initial impressions of your teeth are used to map out your treatment. Next, Dr. Hassan will send the tooth scans to a dental lab that crafts the clear aligners. Each pair of aligners is slightly different as they shift the teeth over time.
The aligners are light, clear plastic. Once the aligners are finished, Dr. Hassan makes sure that the first pair fits and feels comfortable. Dr. Hassan will check your treatment progress every 6 to 8 weeks. The average treatment time with clear aligners is 6 to 18 months. Every patient is different, so your specific treatment time will depend on how crooked your teeth are as well as how you care for your aligners.
Clear Aligners FAQs
Learn more about treatment with Clear aligners:
What are the benefits of Clear Aligner treatment?
Unlike traditional braces, Clear Aligners do not require regular appointments to adjust the aligners. They are also a more comfortable treatment method, as braces wires can irritate and poke the gums. In addition, because clear aligners can be removed for meals, patients do not have dietary restrictions against hard or crunchy foods. Patients may also brush and floss their teeth without brackets or wires.
How do I care for my Clear aligners?
Remove your clear aligners to brush, floss, and eat. Do not drink or eat anything other than water when your aligners are on. Eating or drinking with clear aligners can stain or damage the plastic. To clean your aligners, gently rinse them in cool to warm water. Brush them with a soft-bristled toothbrush and soap. Do not use hot water as this can also damage the aligners. Cleaning the aligners daily prevents bacteria buildup and keeps them fresh.
Can you sleep with Clear aligners on your teeth?
We recommend that patients wear clear aligners for 22 hours a day. Patients may remove their aligners to eat or brush their teeth. It is safe for patients to wear their aligners at night because they are custom-fit to the smile. Wearing the clear aligners for about 22 hours a day will keep patients on track to finishing their treatment on time.
Straighten Your Crooked Teeth Today
Do you want to try orthodontic treatment with clear aligners? Request a dental appointment online or call our dental office today at 410-288-1162. Please let us know if you have questions or concerns about treatment, and we will be glad to help.