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By Joseph R. Hendrick Jr., DDS, PA
April 21, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Clear Aligners  

Clear AlignersNo pain, no inconvenience, no obvious hardware... clear aligners are the revolutionary way to straighten your teeth.

Perhaps you've noticed that your teeth need some realignment. But the thought of wearing heavy metal bracelets laced together with thick wires is holding you back. Maybe you've already gone through the regimen of braces when you were younger and aren't looking forward to repeating the process of visiting the orthodontist every month so the wires can be tightened to an uncomfortable level. Fortunately, advancements in dental technology mean you have options for straight teeth. Clear aligners are one of the most popular of these options; Dr. Joseph Hedrick is proud to offer the people of Shelby, North Carolina this opportunity to have a well-aligned smile without sacrificing their appearance or their time.

Revolutionary Methods

Using 3D imaging, Dr. Hedrick and his staff will take digital impressions of your teeth. A series of clear aligners will be made out of a thin, flexible plastic material to the exact dimensions of your teeth. They are clear and hardly noticeable but put gentle pressure on your teeth to gradually move them into the proper place. Every couple of weeks, you switch your aligner for the next one in the series to accommodate the changes in your alignment. The average treatment time is about one year; it can take anywhere between nine and fifteen months. 

What Sets Clear Aligners Apart?

The traditional metal braces have always been conspicuous, with their chunky brackets and wires on display. Clear aligners, however, are aptly named - the transparent aligners are designed to fit directly against your teeth so that they are easily concealed but still highly effective. There's also no need to adjust your diet - the aligners can be taken out so you can still enjoy foods like popcorn, sandwiches and apples in the same way as before. Without sharp wires or brackets to irritate your mouth, you might also forget you're wearing braces!

Eating, drinking, brushing and flossing your teeth is also much easier with the removable trays. Your Shelby dentist will advise you to wear them as much as possible, however; for best results, they should be worn between 20 and 22 hours per day, including during sleep.

All these benefits of clear aligners, coupled with the 96% satisfaction rate, make it an excellent choice for adults and teens alike. Contact your dental team in Cleveland County North Carolina to learn more about straightening out your smile the easy and comfortable way.


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Joseph R. Hendrick, Jr., DDS, PA
511 N. Morgan Street
Shelby, NC 28150
(704) 484-0077
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