Dr. Elizabeth Duling provides patients with their choice of orthodontic care. She offers Invisalign, ClearCorrect, and Six Month Smiles for patients with crooked, misaligned, and overcrowded teeth. Oftentimes, crooked and misaligned teeth can cause problems for patients. It is often difficult to clean between teeth that are crowded together. Because of this, patients may miss areas between their teeth. Harmful bacteria can hide in hard-to-reach spots of the smile. Over time, as bacteria build up between teeth and on the gums, patients can experience symptoms of tooth decay and gum disease. Straightening the smile makes it easier to brush and floss.
Additionally, crooked teeth can create a misaligned bite, which puts pressure on different areas of the smile. Creating a more balanced smile takes the pressure off of the teeth and jaw. If you need to straighten your smile, try Dr. Duling’s clear aligners in her Owen’s Cross Roads, AL office.
Clear Aligner Q&A
Read answers to common questions that many patients have about clear aligners here:
What are the differences between ClearCorrect, Invisalign, and Six Month Smiles?
ClearCorrect and Invisalign are both made of similar materials, although ClearCorrect is thinner. ClearCorrect aligners may seem more fragile, but they are often easier to maintain. Invisalign aligners are made of thicker plastic. Six Month Smiles uses wires and brackets like traditional braces, although they are clear and more lightweight.
What are the benefits of clear aligners?
Clear aligners provide patients with a more discreet option than traditional metal braces. With Invisalign and ClearCorrect specifically, patients can remove their appliances to eat, floss, and brush their teeth. Six Month Smiles is a great option for patients who require traditional braces but want an orthodontic appliance that blends in with their smile.
How long is treatment with clear aligners?
Every patient has different orthodontic needs that impact the length of their treatment. Invisalign and ClearCorrect have an average treatment time of 6 to 18 months. Six Month Smiles only straightens the front teeth, so, like the name, the average treatment time is six months. Because both Invisalign and ClearCorrect are removable, we recommend that you wear your aligners for 22 hours a day.
Your treatment time will vary depending on how long you wear your aligners and how you care for them. Continue to brush and floss regularly and do not eat or drink anything when your Invisalign or ClearCorrect aligners are on your teeth.
Schedule a Dental Appointment
Do you want to try clear aligners? Contact Dr. Duling today. New patients can call Dr. Duling at 256.202.4186, while current patients may call 256.534.1475. You can also request a dental consultation with Dr. Duling on our website. Please let Dr. Duling know if you have any remaining questions or concerns about your smile at your next visit. She will be happy to help.