Clear Braces Specialist

Dlight Dental

Cosmetic & General Dentistry located in Washington, DC & Rockville, MD

Clear braces correct bite problems without metal wires or brackets. At Dlight Dental, with offices in the Washington, DC, and Rockville, Maryland, areas, the team of experienced dental care professionals offers advanced clear braces technology for children, adults, and teens who need bite correction. If you have overbite, underbite, crooked teeth, or other issues, call Dlight Dental or request a consultation online.

Clear Braces Q & A

What are clear braces?

Clear braces are an alternative to metal braces. With clear braces, you wear invisible plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. These custom-made aligners gently move your teeth into the optimal positions. 

What type of bite problems do clear braces treat?

Clear braces can treat bite problems, including:

  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Crossbite
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Open bite
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth

Clear braces generally treat mild-to-moderate bite issues and may help with certain severe bite misalignments. The Dlight Dental team can perform a thorough assessment to determine whether this type of teeth straightening is right for you. 

How does clear braces treatment work?

The Dlight Dental team starts with a complete intraoral scan using the iTero® scanner. The painless digital dental scan uses state-of-the-art technology to create a 3-D impression of your teeth and gums. 

Then, the team uses special 3-D computer imaging technology to design the ideal treatment plan. A dental laboratory makes your custom aligners, and you'll come back to Dlight Dental for fitting. 

You'll change into a new pair of aligners every two weeks or so. During your treatment, you'll come in for check-ups every six weeks.

Do I wear my clear braces all the time?

On average, wear your clear braces for 20-22 hours a day. Remove the aligners when you eat, drink, and brush your teeth. Wearing your clear braces consistently is essential. Nobody will even know you are wearing them.

How do you clean clear braces?

The Dlight Dental team gives you specific instructions for clear braces care. You can generally use either a special cleaning solution, a sterilizing tray, or lukewarm water and a soft bristle toothbrush. 

While you only need to clean your clear braces once a day, it's best to rinse them off before placing them back in your mouth following meals. 

How long does clear braces treatment take?

On average, treatment usually takes 9-15 months. Most people wear anywhere from 18-30 pairs of aligners in total. Depending on the complexity of your bite issues, you could need less or more time in clear braces to achieve ideal results.

Clear braces can give you a beautiful and perfectly proportioned smile in 15 months or less — with no need for a mouth full of metal brackets. Request your clear braces assessment online or calling the Dlight Dental office today.