Clear Aligners have been a revolutionary appliance in the orthodontic world in a category known as Clear Aligner Therapy (CAT). Clear Aligners, however, are just an appliance, the magic happens in the hands of an experienced and proficient doctor, so the doctor prescribing and providing your CAT treatment is even more important than the aligners themselves. Dr Frank has attended several continuing education courses around the country to stay up to date with the latest advancements in technology and treatment practices to improve efficiency and reduce treatment time, making sure you’re receiving the best care possible. You can feel confident that Dr. Frank has extensive personal experience providing hundreds of exceptional outcomes with CAT using his extensive advanced training in the technique.
For patients needing a minor correction for a more affordable investment, Dr. Frank offers limited treatment options to eligible patients, where treatment is often completed in as little as 12 months.
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How do Clear Aligners Work?
The virtually invisible aligners, which are made of a thermoplastic material, look similar to teeth-whitening trays. We start by taking a 3D image of your teeth (no more impressions!), then Dr. Frank designs a series of aligners that are custom-made for you, to move your teeth based on your individualized treatment plan. Each set of aligners is worn for about two weeks before moving onto the next set of aligners in your treatment plan.
How often do I need to wear my aligners?
It is recommended that you wear your aligners for 22 hours per day and only remove them for eating or drinking, brushing and flossing. And remember to brush your aligners (cold water and no toothpaste!) and your teeth every time you eat! Putting aligners back in over dirty teeth increases your risk of cavities.
Will wearing aligners affect my speech?
Aligners may temporarily affect the speech of some people, and you may have a slight lisp for a day or two. However, as you get used to having aligners in your mouth, any lisp caused by the aligners should disappear.
Does insurance cover aligners?
Because medical benefits differ from policy to policy, our Oceans Team will be sure to verify any insurance benefits prior to your consultation. In general, if a patient has orthodontic coverage, aligners should be covered to the same extent as conventional braces.
Do aligners really work?
Yes. Millions of patients with a wide variety of dental challenges have been treated with aligners. Aligners were developed with orthodontists and are used in dental practices worldwide.