You don’t have to settle for a less-than-perfect smile because you don’t want to wear metal braces. Clear orthodontics offers a convenient and effective treatment option for crowded, crooked or misaligned teeth.
The process employs a series of clear plastic aligners that are designed specifically for your teeth. The aligners are worn over the teeth to apply gentle pressure and achieve pre-calculated movement through daily wear.
Treatment time is about a year for adults; although this varies with each case. During this period, we schedule short follow-up appointments every few weeks at our Warner Robins dental office to monitor your progress and exchange aligners to accomplish continued teeth movement.
With clear braces, you don’t have to give up the foods you love, or fuss with cleaning metal brackets or wires. The clear aligners are virtually undetectable and are easily removed for cleaning or eating your favorite foods.
During your consultation visit, Dr. Curtis Hayslip will meet with you to talk about your smile. He will also show you before/after examples of orthodontic patients with needs similar to yours to help you visualize treatment and expected results. During this visit, Dr. Hayslip will explore any cosmetic or restorative interests you may have, such as teeth whitening or dental implants. The next step is a dental examination and diagnostics session to get started on your orthodontic treatment plan:
Orthodontics offers opportunities to improve both your oral health and the appearance of your smile. Straighter teeth are healthier teeth. Crooked teeth are more difficult to keep clean, which can contribute to gingivitis, periodontal disease, or tooth decay.
During your examination visit, Dr. Hayslip will thoroughly evaluate your teeth, gums and bone levels and compare digital x-rays and photos to provide you with a complete overview of your dental health. If any treatment is necessary to treat infection or damaged tooth structure, such as periodontal care or restorative treatment, Dr. Hayslip will provide you with recommendations to help you prioritize your needs.
Using the information that he has collected in your examination, Dr. Hayslip will use 3D imaging tools to map out your treatment and orthodontic movement needed for your straighter smile. He will communicate with laboratory professionals to design a series of aligners specific to these steps.
Wear, straighten and repeat. Your treatment begins by simply wearing your aligner throughout the day and while sleeping. (20-22 hours per day of aligner wear is recommended). You will return to our office every 2-3 weeks for monitoring and a new aligner. Periodically, Dr. Hayslip will schedule a more detailed visit to update your treatment plan and make any minor adjustments.
At the completion of your orthodontic treatment, Dr. Hayslip may recommend a retainer to maintain your results. We will continue to monitor your status at your regular preventive visits with our dental hygienist.
Our Warner Robins dental practice is conveniently located on Russell Parkway and central to Warner Robins AFB, Macon, Perry, Centerville and Houston County and Bibb County communities. We invite you to Contact Us to learn more about clear braces or to schedule a consultation with Dr. Hayslip.