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SureSmile® Clear Aligner Therapy
in Portland, OR

Clear aligner therapy allows you to straighten your smile effectively, quickly, and comfortably, unlike other orthodontic options. Instead of traditional metal braces, patients who visit our office have the choice to select SureSmile clear aligners to achieve the picture-perfect smile of their dreams! These aligners are designed to be virtually invisible, making them an excellent choice for those seeking a discreet orthodontic solution. If you’re looking for clear aligner therapy in Portland, OR, feel free to give our office a call. Our team at Trillium Dental would be happy to schedule a clear aligner therapy consultation for you and guide you through the process for optimal results!

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Are clear aligners better than traditional braces?

Clear aligners offer several advantages over traditional braces, though they both serve the same purpose of straightening teeth. Here are some key points to consider:

Appearance and Comfort: Clear aligners are made of transparent plastic, making them nearly invisible. This aesthetic advantage is particularly appealing for teens and adults who may feel self-conscious about wearing metal braces. Additionally, clear aligners are smooth and custom-fitted, reducing irritation of the gums and cheeks often caused by the brackets and wires of traditional braces.

Convenience and Lifestyle: Clear aligners are removable, allowing for greater flexibility in daily life. You can take them out when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, which means there are no dietary restrictions, and maintaining oral hygiene is easier compared to traditional braces. This removability also means that there are fewer emergencies related to broken brackets or wires.

Treatment Duration and Visits: For many patients, clear aligners can shorten overall treatment time. Their treatment plan is often mapped out from start to finish using advanced computer modeling, which can result in fewer adjustments and dental visits. Typically, aligners are changed every one to two weeks, and progress can be monitored with fewer in-office appointments.

Customization and Predictability: Clear aligners are designed using precise digital scans of your teeth, allowing for a highly customized treatment plan. The predictability of movement can be more accurate with aligners, as each set of trays is designed to move teeth incrementally according to a detailed plan.

However, it’s important to note that clear aligners may not be suitable for all orthodontic cases. Severe or complex dental issues might still require traditional braces for effective treatment. Additionally, success with clear aligners depends heavily on patient compliance; they must be worn for the recommended 20-22 hours per day to be effective.

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Do clear aligners work faster than traditional braces?

While the exact time for clear aligners will vary on the individual and the smile they are looking to achieve, invisible braces tend to work faster than traditional braces. SureSmile clear aligners can fit comfortably and work to treat complex cases like crowded teeth, spacing, or over and underbites. SureSmile clear aligners don’t come with any diet restrictions, are easily removable for proper cleaning, and get changed roughly every two weeks to make your treatment plan a breeze.

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Are clear aligners more affordable than traditional braces?

Both SureSmile clear aligners and traditional braces are an investment in transforming your smile. Clear aligners, like braces, are going to cost a few thousand dollars, but the benefits they provide make them well worth the investment. If you have dental insurance, a portion of the cost will likely get covered, making clear aligner therapy more affordable and attainable. To learn more about the cost of SureSmile clear aligners or to schedule a consultation with our Portland dental team, give our office a call! We are here to answer any questions you may have and guide you through the process to ensure you receive exceptional orthodontic care.

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