What Is the Process of Getting Fitted for Custom Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are gaining popularity – and for a good reason – they offer a way to straighten teeth without the visible aspect of traditional metal braces. Sometimes, metal braces are ideal for certain situations, but clear aligners have numerous benefits. These tailor-made, clear aligners provide a subtle and comfortable option. 

If you’re contemplating clear aligners for your orthodontic treatment, you may be curious about the fitting process. The About Faces and Braces team will lead you through each stage, from your first consultation to the ultimate fitting, ensuring you are fully informed and ready for your journey with clear aligners.

Initial Consultation

The first step in getting fitted for custom clear aligners is to schedule an initial consultation with The About Braces and Faces team. During this visit, Dr. Shawn and Dr. Candice will assess your dental health and discuss your cosmetic goals. This appointment typically involves a comprehensive dental exam, including X-rays, to evaluate the current position of your teeth and identify any underlying issues that may affect your treatment. Your orthodontist will also review your dental history and ask questions about your lifestyle habits to determine if clear aligners are a suitable option for you.

Custom Treatment Planning

Once your orthodontist has determined that clear aligners are the right choice for your needs, the next step is to create a custom treatment plan. Our team will use advanced imaging technology to create a precise 3D model of your teeth. Your orthodontist will take digital impressions of your teeth using an intraoral scanner, which captures detailed images of your dental structure. These images are then used to create a virtual model of your teeth, which serves as the foundation for your treatment plan.

Using specialized software, your orthodontist will plan the gradual movement of your teeth throughout the treatment. This digital planning process allows for a high level of precision and customization, ensuring that your aligners are tailored to your unique needs. As a patient, you’ll have the opportunity to view your treatment plan and see a virtual representation of how your smile will transform over time.

Manufacturing the Aligners

After your treatment plan is finalized, the next step is to manufacture your custom clear aligners. The digital models of your teeth are sent to a specialized laboratory, where your aligners will be fabricated using advanced 3D printing technology. The aligners are made from a high-quality, BPA-free plastic material that is both durable and transparent. Each set of aligners is designed to apply gentle pressure to your teeth, gradually moving them into their desired positions according to your treatment plan.

What Is the Process of Getting Fitted for Custom Clear Aligner?

Receiving and Fitting the Aligners

Once your custom aligners are ready, you’ll return to your orthodontist’s office for a fitting appointment. At this appointment, your orthodontist will check that the aligners fit correctly and make any adjustments to ensure maximum comfort and efficacy. They will also provide you with instructions on how to wear and care for your aligners and what to expect in terms of initial sensations and adaptations.

When you first start wearing your aligners, it’s normal to experience minor discomfort or pressure as your teeth shift. Your orthodontist will offer guidance on managing these sensations and helping with any issues that may arise in the early stages of your treatment.

Living with Aligners

Good habits and routines are vital to ensure the best possible results as you progress on your clear aligner journey. Your orthodontist will provide you with detailed instructions on how to care for your aligners, including regular cleaning and proper storage when not in use. To stay on track with your treatment plan, you must wear your aligners for the recommended hours each day, typically 20-22 hours.

You’ll also need to make minor adjustments to your daily life, such as removing your aligners when eating or drinking anything other than water. Maintaining good oral hygiene practices is important, as well as brushing your teeth and aligners regularly to prevent staining and bacterial buildup.

You will attend regular follow-up appointments during your treatment to track your progress and get your next series of aligners. These appointments are an opportunity to discuss any concerns or questions you may have and to ensure that your treatment is proceeding as planned.

What Is the Process of Getting Fitted for Custom Clear Aligner?

Take the First Step Towards Your Dream Smile with About Faces and Braces

If you’re ready to take the first step towards achieving the smile of your dreams, Dr. Shawn and Dr. Candice are eager to help with a consultation. We’ll work with you to determine if clear aligners are the right choice for your unique needs and guide you through every stage of the process with compassion and expertise. Our practice offers expert orthodontic services to the communities of Clarksville, Nashville-Bellevue, Springfield, and their surrounding areas. Contact us today to learn more or to start with a free consultation and start your transformative journey toward a more confident, brand-new smile.