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COSMETIC DENTISTRY

What are Sure Smile Clear Aligners?

It's similar to Invisalign but with quicker results!

Sure Smile® is an orthodontic treatment that works to gradually straighten teeth through the wearing of a series of clear, custom-fit, removable aligners.
There are no brackets or wires like traditional metal braces. Sometimes called “invisible braces” or “clear braces”, clear aligners are a technological
advancement that has made orthodontic treatment less obvious, while moving teeth and aligning jaws to create a healthy, beautiful smile.
Clear aligners are custom-made plastic trays that you wear to straighten your teeth.

Patients, especially adults, often prefer this type of treatment over traditional braces for a few reasons.

They are: 

Less noticeable: Clear aligners are just that—clear, so you can straighten your teeth discreetly.

Removable: These aligners usually need to be worn for 22 hours/day but you can take them out if you need to, for a photoshoot, a speech, or any important event where you don’t want to wear them (although it’s important to not exceed the time allowed to have them out).

Convenient: Clear aligners often require fewer visits to the dentist or orthodontist than traditional braces—indeed, some clear aligners allow 100% remote treatment.

These aligners specifically require in-office dentist appointments, including an initial face-to-face consultation.
The average treatment time for SureSmile aligners is around 6 to 12 months, which is pretty typical for this type of invisible braces.

How does Sure Smile work?

Sure Smile orthodontics treatment begins with an in-office appointment with your dentist.
The steps in SureSmile treatment can be summarized in the following five different stages:

1.  Make an appointment: schedule your first consultation with us!

2. Initial consultation: At this consultation, Dr. Yeh will confirm eligibility and take scans of your teeth so they can plan your aligner treatment.

3. Treatment review: Dr. Yeh will meet with you to go over the scope of your aligner treatment.

4. Get your aligners: You’ll return to visit our office and get your first set of aligners.

5. Monthly visits: Monthly visits to our office are required, to get your new sets of aligners and to ensure that
everything is going according to plan.

6. Last appointment: We will confirm whether or not you are ready to complete your treatment, and you’ll
get retainers to wear to keep your teeth in their newly aligned position.

How often do I switch Sure Smile aligners?

SureSmile aligners are worn for two weeks at a time before you switch to a new set of aligners, though this can vary.
This is the typical wear-time for most invisible braces and clear aligners.
It’s possible that if during one of your monthly check-ins your dentist decides that you aren’t ready to move on to your next aligner, you’ll need to
continue wearing your current set for a bit longer, but it won’t be much longer, as these aligners aren’t designed to withstand continued wear.