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Clear Aligners: A Clear Winner in Orthodontic Care

Woman holding clear aligners in the shape of a heart

Clear aligners have grown immensely popular since their debut in the early 2000s.

And when we say “immensely,” we mean it.

People of varying ages are now using this treatment, from teens to those in their 40s and older.

However, you may want to know more before you hop on the bandwagon.

This treatment is quite a doozy, so brace yourself (pun intended) and take time to learn more.

What are clear aligners?

First, clear aligners are a cut above the rest in orthodontic care.

They use plastic trays that fit over your teeth and shift them.

Little by little, these clear aligners take an imperfect smile and turn it around, actually straightening it out.

Plus, they’re translucent, making them barely visible to others.

If they notice, chances are, they’re giving your smile more than just a passing glance.

Now that we’ve got the basics down let’s get into how these babies work their magic.

How do clear aligners work?

Teenage girl putting clear aligners on her teeth

If you’re wondering how clear aligners work, their mechanism of action is similar to braces.

They gently place pressure on your teeth. That gentle pressure moves your teeth into the right spots.

The distinction of transparent aligners is that they move your teeth all at once, which maximizes comfort and may shorten treatment duration when compared to more conventional teeth-straightening techniques.

In fact, your orthodontic problems will be resolved in around a year to 18 months. Then, you’ll be able to smile confidently.

Just like you, each orthodontic treatment we provide is unique.

So, keep in mind that each case is different, and this time is merely an estimate.

Based on experience and education, our dentist predetermines your teeth’s final and optimal destination.

No, we’re not psychics! At your initial consultation, you’ll undergo imaging and an evaluation.

Then, utilizing cutting-edge technology to help us predict how your teeth will and need to shift, our practitioner will map out an expected course for your teeth. This is then reflected in your treatment plan.

While that’s all fine and dandy, that doesn’t quite explain what orthodontic problems this can fix.

So, what can they do?

What orthodontic problems can clear aligners treat?

Fortunately, clear aligners are a multifaceted method for teeth straightening. Basically, they’re a jack-of-all-trades.

In fact, our dentist can use them to treat all the following (and then some):

  • Crossbites
  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Gaps
  • Crooked teeth

They’re even a fantastic solution for spacing issues like overcrowding. (Move aside teeth! And make way!)

This orthodontic treatment fixes problems big and small.

Practically anything braces can do, clear aligners can do discreetly!

We’d like to note that in extreme cases, clear aligners aren’t always the best option.

Now that we’ve covered all the basics, that still leaves the question—are you a candidate?

Qualifying for clear aligners

Of course, you want to know if you can be one of the lucky ones.

Thankfully, most patients who walk through the door qualify for clear aligners. That’s a reason to smile!

A short recap

There you have it: clear aligners are clearly a smart choice.

You’ll correct your smile quickly. And you’ll do it all without drawing attention to your smile.

Moreover, our dentist will personalize your journey, optimizing your results.

Plus, you’ll have a well-respected dentist on your side. Dr. GiesyThis link leads to Doctor’s page has extensive experience and a passion for creating beautiful smiles.

He’s even been recognized as the “top dentist” in Pierce County.

Getting the smile you want with a dentist known for results and his chairside manner … we don’t think it can get any better!

And it all begins with a call or message to us!


Come visit us for your consultation at our Tacoma officeThis link opens a new tab to Google Maps. Besides the city, we’re also near those in the surrounding regions of University Place, Gig Harbor, Lakewood, Parkland, Edgewood, Federal Way, Puyallup, Sumner, and Spanaway.