Do you have crooked or misaligned teeth? Are you looking for a modern alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment? Dr. Leah Romay uses SureSmile® aligners in her Glyndon, MD dental office. This cosmetic dental treatment uses clear aligners that gently and comfortably realign teeth. They offer a discreet treatment method that is easy to clean and care for.
Dr. Romay will recommend SureSmile to patients with malocclusion, or crooked teeth. Patients with an overbite, underbite, crossbite or open bite also benefit from SureSmile. Additionally, SureSmile can treat crooked teeth and gaps between the teeth. Dr. Romay makes sure that patients are in good oral health before their SureSmile treatment at Baltimore Dental Co. She can address tooth and gum infections for the smoothest treatment possible.
What are the Benefits of SureSmile®?
SureSmile has many advantages over traditional metal braces. Compared to braces, SureSmile aligners offer a less noticeable and more comfortable treatment option. This is because the aligners are made of clear plastic that blends in with the smile. With metal wires, patients need their brackets tightened which can cause tooth pain. The metal wires can also poke and irritate the gums.
SureSmile offers patients the convenience of removing their aligners to eat, brush, and floss. It is often difficult to clean the teeth and gums behind brackets and wires. Because SureSmile aligners are removable, patients can easily brush and floss their teeth. Patients can also remove their aligners to eat without restrictions against hard and chewy foods. With SureSmile, patients can easily care for the health of their teeth and gums while realigning their smiles.
Although SureSmile and Invisalign treatment is similar, SureSmile will require fewer adjustments. SureSmile is a great option for patients with more complex dental needs who require attachments to customize their clear aligners.
Before treatment, Dr. Romay will examine the teeth and gums to ensure that you are in good oral health. She will also discuss your treatment options with you to make sure that SureSmile is the right treatment to fit your orthodontic needs. Then, she will take intraoral scans of the smile.
Dental technicians take your mouth specifications to create sets of custom-made aligners. These aligners are made of Essix ACE® Plastic, which provides durability and comfort to patients. If needed, the lab will make cutouts and buttons to fix complex overbite or underbite cases. The aligners may also be used to conceal missing teeth and fix large tooth gaps. Dr. Romay collaborates with the digital lab to ensure that patients receive predictable results that match their anatomy.
Each pair of aligners is different, and will slightly shift the teeth into a straighter position. When your SureSmile aligners are complete, Dr. Romay will make sure that the first pair fits comfortably. You will wear each pair of aligners for two weeks.
How long do you wear SureSmile aligners in one day?
You should wear your SureSmile aligners trays for approximately 20 to 22 hours a day. The more time you spend with your trays on, the faster the whole treatment will be. The teeth need time to slowly and safely move into the position you desire for each aligner tray. For this reason, the patient must wear the trays as long as they can to ensure teeth movement during the treatment.
Can SureSmile fix an overbite?
Yes. SureSmile aligners can fix almost any malocclusion problems that conventional braces can, including overbites. However, you should go for a consultation with your dentist since there are some cases where orthodontic treatments alone can’t fix overbites and require surgery.
Should I get a retainer after SureSmile?
Yes. After every orthodontic treatment, you must wear a retainer to protect your new smile. This is to ensure your teeth don’t move again into places that you do not desire. SureSmile’s retainers have a comfortable design and are very durable. They can last up to 12 months withstanding teeth grinding without compromising their effectiveness.
How long do you have to use SureSmile?
SureSmiles orthodontic treatments with aligners usually last anywhere between 6 to 18 months. However, the amount of time the whole treatment lasts depends on the severity of the case and the patient’s commitment to wearing the trays for 20 to 22 hours a day.
How do I remove SureSmile aligners?
Gently grab the edge of the aligner found near the back of your mouth with your fingers and pull it away from your gum line, the tray will come off with a little pressure. SureSmile aligners are very durable and don’t deform easily. However, you should be gentle when removing them to avoid accidentally damaging the aligner tray or hurting yourself.
Can I drink with SureSmile?
Yes, you can drink cold or room temperature water. However, you should keep in mind that drinks like wine or sodas can stain the aligner trays over time. Therefore, you should remove them before drinking these types of beverages to avoid staining them. You should also remove them when drinking hot beverages as hot liquids can deform the plastic on the aligners.
How long does it take to see results from SureSmile?
Most patients begin to see results from SureSmile after about 3 weeks. SureSmile works incredibly fast, and patients usually see results shortly after beginning treatment!
How often should I clean my SureSmile aligners?
SureSmile aligners should be cleaned everyday. We recommend cleaning your aligners with a soft bristled toothbrush, and warm running water at least once a day, however if you choose to clean them twice a day (when you brush your teeth in the morning and at night) this is a great option that keeps cleaning to a schedule.
Straighten Your Smile Today
Do you want discreet treatment for your orthodontic problem? Ask Dr. Romay about SureSmile today. Request a dental consultation with Dr. Romay on our website. If you are a new patient, call 410.220.4680. Current patients may call 410.833.4664.