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How SmileCorrect Aligners Saves Time and Money: When you’re considering ways to achieve straight teeth, SmileCorrect™ teeth aligners from Dental Express in San Diego, CA are a great option. With Smile Correct, the bite is improved by wearing clear teeth aligners that are custom made to fit each patient comfortably. They will apply constant, but gentle, pressure to get your teeth to where they belong. These aligners can be removed to eat and drink, and to brush and floss the teeth. During a smile makeover consultation, our professional dental team can help decide if you’re a viable candidate for this orthodontic treatment.

How do clear aligners work?

When you choose to have SmileCorrect, our dentists at Dental Express will take digital x-rays of your jaw and teeth. These images are used to create custom teeth aligners. You can need from six to 48 aligners, depending on your existing oral health. Once you receive your aligners, you will be scheduled for a fitting. You will be required to wear your set of aligners for a week or two until you progress to the next set. Follow-up appointments allow us to track progress for your orthodontic treatment. Most of our patients wear these aligners from six to 18 months.

Who are the best candidates for SmileCorrect aligners?

SmileCorrect is ideal for patients who have:

· Crowded or crooked teeth

· Misaligned or poor bites

· Excess gaps

· Rotated teeth

While there are many orthodontic treatments that can help to improve a bite, alignment, or spacing, SmileCorrect has been one of the most successful. These clear teeth aligners make it hard to tell that you’re wearing them. Compared to Invisalign®, SmileCorrect is less costly. It is great for a patient who doesn’t want to undergo a long orthodontic treatment and who wants to straighten their teeth discreetly. It also makes it easier for you to make sure your teeth and gums are cleaned regularly, unlike metal braces, which can make it more difficult to keep the teeth and gums clean. During a consultation in San Diego, CA we can go through your options for straightening your teeth and help you to make the most informed decision for your oral health.

How long does it take for aligners to work?

To check for progress and to make regular adjustments, we will schedule follow-up appointments every few weeks for your orthodontic treatment. It’s normal to experience tenderness or mild discomfort when you’re adjusting to the feel of your aligners. The soreness should subside after a few days.

During your treatment, it’s important that you take care of your teeth and gums, so you don’t develop tooth decay. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing with anti-cavity mouthwash is important for good at-home oral hygiene. You should always make sure that you clean or rinse your aligners before putting them back into your mouth.

After completing your SmileCorrect treatment, you will have to wear a retainer to keep your teeth from shifting. Ultimately, regular dental exams at Dental Express in San Diego, CA helps our dentists to monitor your bite, alignments, and oral health.

Will my insurance cover SmileCorrect?

This depends on your oral health. If we can prove that SmileCorrect treatment will improve your oral health, we may be able to get your insurance company to cover your orthodontic treatment. However, if you choose to have this treatment for cosmetic reasons, you likely will have to pay for the treatment without any insurance coverage. Our dental team can help advise you on all costs associated with this or any other treatment. Typically, SmileCorrect can cost $2,500 – $3,500.

Learn more on how to straighten your teeth with SmileCorrect teeth aligners

To learn more about SmileCorrect and other orthodontic treatments to straighten your teeth to achieve your dream smile, schedule an appointment with our dentists at Dental Express in San Diego, CA. Having straight teeth makes your smile look great and improves your oral health at the same time.