Clear aligners are here in Draper, Utah! Not all patients are fond of traditional metal braces and their appearance. Thankfully, clear aligners have become a viable alternative. Though initially considered less effective, clear aligners have benefited from years of advancements. Nowadays, the results of clear aligners is on par with regular braces, but with more freedom for patients. At Watson Orthodontics, we have been able to provide top-tier treatment with clear aligners in Draper, Utah. Here’s what you should know: 


Clear Aligners: What Are They? 

Commonly referred to as Invisalign, there are now several different brands of clear aligners on the market today. Clear aligners consist of two transparent trays that are fitted to a patient’s mouth. Using 3-D imaging, our office in Draper, Utah will map out the positioning of your teeth currently and where we want them to be instead. Patients then receive sets of removable plastic trays that will push their teeth into a straightened position over time. Every two months, patients will receive a new set of aligner trays that more accurately align to the present position of their teeth. The average treatment lasts about two years, although some patients experience results within a shorter timeframe. 


Are Clear Aligners Right for Me? 

For patients who wish to avoid bulky metal braces, whether for personal or professional reasons, clear aligners are a viable alternative. The orthodontic option of clear aligners has become especially popular among teenagers and adults. The discreet appearance of clear aligners allows patients to go about their normal routine without much intervention. Traditional metal braces require frequent visits for tightening and adjustments, whereas clear aligners do not. The best way to determine if clear aligners are right for you is to visit our orthodontic office for an examination of your mouth and also to discuss your smile goals. 


Pros and Cons of Clear Aligners 

With any treatment, there are pros and cons for patients to consider prior to making any decision.  Let’s take a quick look at a few items everyone should know before considering clear aligners for orthodontic treatment: 

Pro: Removable. Patients who do not wish to have braces permanently affixed to their teeth may prefer the clear aligners because they can be removed. This means you do not have to avoid certain foods and also makes brushing/flossing much easier. 

Pro: Minimal Visits. For patients who have busy schedules due to work or other obligations, clear aligners are beneficial in that there are less follow-up visits required. 

Con: Commitment. Patients must wear their clear aligners for at least 22 hours per day in order for them to be effective. This means you must wear them even while sleeping or they cannot do their best work. Inability to wear these trays at least 22 hours per day will result in prolonged treatment time. 

Con: Easy to Lose. Because the clear aligner trays are easy to remove and nearly transparent, patients may lose their trays and need to pay for replacements. This does not apply to everyone but should be considered anyway. 


Schedule a Visit to Watson Orthodontics in Draper, Utah 

The best way to determine if clear aligners is right for you is to schedule a visit at our office in Draper, Utah. Watson Orthodontics has proudly served the Draper area for years and we love meeting new faces. Visit our website to schedule an initial consultation today! Schedule an appointment with us.