What are clear aligners and how do they work?

September 28, 2023by Thomas Gonzales D.D.S.0

Clear aligner technology lets you get the smile you always wanted without bands, brackets or wires. They are called clear aligners and whether your smile needs minor improvements or something more extreme, we can help you-without the metal.

Each pair of aligners in the series is worn in two-week increments (removing them only to eat, drink, brush and floss) and moves the teeth in gradual steps to the desired final position.

What are the primary benefits of using clear aligners?
Undetectable – The clear aligners are virtually invisible to others.
Removable – The aligners are removable for eating, brushing and flossing.
Comfortable – The aligners are comfortable to wear, since there are no brackets, wires or permanent fixtures.

Because clear aligners use comfortable plastic aligners to move teeth, you can continue enjoying your active lifestyle even during treatment. There is no metal or wires to irritate your lips or cheeks. You can still play sports or just enjoy a game of catch in the backyard without worrying about injuring your mouth. And since clear aligners are removable, you can always take it out for that special event or when you get that midnight caramel apple craving.

Hundreds of thousands of people have already improved their smile with clear aligners. Maybe it’s time you were one of them. Please give us a call today if you would like to know more about clear aligners.


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by Thomas Gonzales D.D.S.

Thomas Gonzales D.D.S. is a Los Angeles dentist with advanced training in dental implants. He has 46 years’ experience and is licensed in IV Sedation. Dr. Gonzales has taught courses worldwide on dental implants including for Noris Medical, Nobel, Neodent, LVI Global and Dental Implant Institute. He was a professor of IV Sedation at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine and a neuromuscular dentistry instructor for Loma Linda Medical Center. He is a member of several prestigious organizations, including: the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, Dental Organization for Conscious Sedation and American Dental Society of Anesthesiology. Dr. Gonzales is a graduate of the University of Southern California School of Dentistry. He served in the United States Army and is a Vietnam War Veteran.

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