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Clear Aligners

Louis A. Russell, Jr., DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Russell Family Dentistry

Louis A. Russell, Jr., DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & Implant Dentist located in Tomball, TX

For many patients, the ability to undergo orthodontic treatment without affecting their smile and appearance is a priority. At Russell Family Dentistry in Tomball, Texas, Louis Russell Jr., DDS, provides orthodontic treatment using clear aligners for teenagers and adults of all ages. With clear aligners, you can display your smile proudly throughout treatment. To learn more, call the office or book an appointment online today.

Clear Aligners Q & A

What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are a modern form of orthodontic treatment requiring no metal, wire, or brackets. These components of traditional braces are often off-putting to potential orthodontic patients because they can cause irritation and affect your appearance. 

Clear aligners are designed using a digital scan of your teeth so they fit perfectly. Dr. Russell uses a 3D scanner to create a digital image of your jaw, teeth, and head. 

Using this image to predict your treatment progression, he creates a series of clear aligners that you will use in your treatment. Each aligner pushes your teeth closer toward perfect alignment. 

At Russell Family Dentistry, Dr. Russell provides this treatment in-office using high-quality mtm® clear•aligner. He may recommend clear aligners if you have mild or moderate misalignment. Clear aligners can treat:

  • Overbite
  • Overjet
  • Open bite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Wide spacing
  • Crowding

If your teeth are severely misaligned, Dr. Russell might recommend a hybrid treatment using brackets or hidden braces before transitioning to clear aligners.

How often do I need to wear my clear aligners?

Using your aligners is simple and easy. You'll need to wear them for around 22 hours each day, taking them out only when you eat. 

After every meal, you should brush your teeth and clean the aligners. This ensures that food or bacteria doesn’t get trapped in your aligners, which could lead to cavities and other oral health issues. 

Clear aligners are highly durable and resistant to cracks and breakage. However, if you lose or break one of your aligners, you should call Russell Family Dentistry right away. 

What are the benefits of clear aligners?

Choosing clear aligners over traditional braces and other orthodontic options has notable advantages. Clear aligners offer other benefits, including:

  • Precise digital planning
  • Comfort
  • Transparency
  • Easy cleaning and care
  • No dietary restrictions
  • Fewer orthodontic check-ups throughout treatment

During the planning stage of your treatment, Dr. Russell lets you know how long your treatment will take. As long as you follow all instructions for cleaning and daily wear, you’ll be on track with your treatment and achieve a healthy bite. 

To find out whether you’re a candidate for clear aligners, book an appointment by phone or online at Russell Family Dentistry today.