Clear Aligners

When it comes to straightening smiles, few treatments are as popular as clear aligners. Clear aligner systems such as Invisalign®are extremely popular with teens and adults alike. They’re subtle, easy to wear, comfortable and completely custom made.

Are aligners right for me?

There’s no simple way to answer that. The best way to find out if you’re a candidate for clear aligner therapy is by scheduling an appointment with Dr. Hopkins.

Candidates for clear aligners include:

  • Older teens
  • Adults
  • Those who need minor corrections or who have slightly crooked, gapped or protruding teeth

Are there any special precautions I need to consider?

Clear aligner therapy is one of the easiest orthodontic options there is, but there are some things you’ll need to think about, including:

  • Your ability to commit to wearing the aligners as prescribed
  • Your willingness to keep the aligners on at all times except when eating, drinking, or cleaning your teeth
  • Your need for additional care, such as buttons or attachments for more precise adjustments

What to Expect

The clear aligner process is straightforward and involves:

  • A digital scan and personalised treatment plan with a preview of your new smile
  • Industry-leading technology and the most advanced materials
  • Using your aligners to get the smile of your dreams

It’s as simple as that!

What is the Trios Scanner in Orthodontics and How is It Used?

Trios Scanner images taken of Levi's mouth prior to getting braces and aligners.

The Trios Scanner is an intraoral scanner from 3Shape. Basically, what it does as an intraoral scanner (IOS) is that it captures optical impressions directly.

Since the 18th century, dentists have turned to conventional impression methods to come up with a 3D representation of a patient’s dental tissues. However, the latest technologies have called for a change. Newer impression materials surfaced. There were also some issues with high-expansion dental stones, particularly with its error-prone results. The existing methods also required the services of a better and more high-tech laboratory. (more…)

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