Clear Aligners in Flagstaff to Improve Your Smile

happy young coupleIf you have an alignment or bite issue, we offer ClearCorrect® plastic aligners as a potential solution. Dr. Tuinstra provides this treatment for adults and responsible teens. Contact High Country Family Dentistry in Flagstaff today to learn whether ClearCorrect is right for you!

At High Country Family Dentistry, our skilled team strives to maintain your oral health and protect your smile. Dr. Ryan Tuinstra is a lifelong Arizona native who is passionate about serving Flagstaff and the surrounding communities with efficient, high-quality dental treatments. We want to help you fall in love with your smile!


How Clear Aligners Work

Clear aligners (or clear braces) are a popular orthodontic treatment alternative to fixed metal braces. They provide a less intrusive way to straighten your smile. With metal braces, brackets and wires create tension that shifts your teeth into alignment. Clear aligners, alternatively, gently adjust your smile through the use of precisely pinpointed pressure. You'll wear your aligners for most of the day during your treatment, which allows them to shift your teeth gradually.

Dr. Tuinstra begins the process by meeting with you to evaluate your smile and ensure you are a good candidate for clear aligners. He then uses a digital scanner to obtain 3D images of your teeth, making messy dental impressions unnecessary. The images go to a trusted dental lab, which creates a series of custom-fitted clear plastic aligners for you. Your aligners are subtle and often are not noticed by others. Every two weeks, on average, you move to the next set of aligners in the series.

Benefits of Teeth Straightening

Clear braces are an investment in yourself and the aesthetics of your smile. Some of the most significant benefits of straightening your smile include:

Improved Aesthetics: Your treatment is designed to leave you with neatly aligned teeth, which enhance the appearance of your beautiful smile.

Enhanced Oral Health: When your teeth are crooked, they can wear the adjacent teeth down over time. Straightening your teeth can help avoid costly dental restorations in the future. Misaligned teeth can also negatively impact your jaw's alignment, which could lead to jaw pain and even Temporomandibular Joint Disorder (TMD).

Easier Brushing & Flossing: It's easier to clean your teeth when they are aligned. When your smile is cleaner, you reduce your risk of gum disease and other dental complications.

Who are Clear Aligners Meant For?

putting on clear alignersDr. Tuinstra provides this service to responsible teens and adults seeking to enhance their smile. It also works well if you need retreatment because your teeth have lapsed back into their original positions.

Clear aligners can correct mild to moderate alignment and bite issues. If you have crooked teeth or a severe misalignment, we may suggest a different orthodontic treatment. During Dr. Tuinstra's initial evaluation, he will discuss all your options with you so you can make the choice that best suits your orthodontic goals.

If you have gum disease or one or more teeth needing repairs, we will address these before beginning your treatment. We prioritize your overall well-being in all of our treatment plans and want you to stay as healthy as possible.

Maximizing Your Benefits From Your Treatment

Clear aligners offer an efficient, safe way to achieve the smile you've always wanted. After putting in the time and effort to receive treatment, you will want to maintain your results. Here are some ways you can get the most out of your treatment.

  • Remove trays before eating or drinking: By taking out your trays during mealtimes, you can continue to indulge in your favorite foods and drinks. You don't need to worry about sticky, brittle, or hard foods.
  • Clean your aligners every time you remove them: By taking a few short seconds to brush your trays and rinse them in warm water, you remove plaque and bacteria that has accumulated. Cleaning your aligners frequently will help you avoid cavities and gum disease.
  • Keep your aligners in for the recommended time every day: When you choose to receive clear trays, you must be able to commit to wearing them for the recommended 22 hours a day. Failure to do so can jeopardize your success and lengthen your treatment timeline.
  • Make sure you store your trays correctly: When you remove your aligners, we highly recommend placing them in a retainer case or another safe place. Should you lose track of a set, please continue wearing your previous set of trays until a dental lab can create replacements. By doing so, you protect your progress and keep your teeth from shifting.

Clear Aligners to Enhance Your Smile

Our team is excited to meet you so we can begin planning your treatment. Dr. Tuinstra provides you with a fully customized process designed to meet your dental goals and create the smile of your dreams. Get in touch with High Country Family Dentistry in Flagstaff today!



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