Your initial appointment will consist of a dental exam, a discussion of your goals, and, if you are a good fit for Clarity Aligners, the diagnostic images necessary to plan your treatment.
After your consultation, our orthodontist will begin planning treatment using the 3M software algorithm. The AI analyzes the data in your scans and creates a rough draft of your treatment plan, which our doctor will fine-tune to deliver your perfect smile. They can alter everything from how many millimeters of plastic overlap your gums to the type of plastic in your aligners — even alternating plastics throughout treatment.
You’ll receive a preview of your new smile, and if it matches your expectations, our orthodontist will order your aligners. Once they arrive, you’ll have a second appointment to try on the first set and learn how to use them. Our orthodontist may also add attachments to your teeth and the aligners if necessary, and if you are doing a combination of aligners and braces, fit you with your Clarity Clear Braces as well.
Your orthodontist will provide a wear schedule that outlines how long you should wear each aligner. It’s typically one or two weeks per aligner, but our doctor might vary the wear time between steps depending on the specific shifts each aligner needs to facilitate. You’ll need to keep your aligners in for 22 hours a day.
Your treatment will last anywhere from six to 24 months, based on the severity of your misalignments. In most cases, you’ll see the orthodontist every few weeks so they can evaluate your progress.
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Each doctor or orthodontic office sets their own fees. The cost may range from around $2,000 to $8,000, it ultimate depends on the complexity of the treatment, your location, and other factors.
Generally, yes. Funds from flex spending accounts and health savings accounts can be applied to orthodontic appliances like clear aligners.
Not necessarily.We offer monthly payment plans to help fit your budget.
Wear aligners as directed by our orthodontist—usually two to three weeks per step, at least 22 hours per day. Take them out to eat and brush your teeth.
This varies from patient to patient. Treatment can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the complexity of the case.
Clear aligners are completely transparent, which makes them much more discreet than metal braces.
No. ClearCorrect manufactures aligners based on prescriptions from dentists and orthodontists. Our orthodontist plays the biggest role in ensuring the success of your treatment.
Most patients do experience significant improvement in their smiles, but it’s impossible to guarantee the outcome of any orthodontic treatment. Your results may vary.
To prevent relapse, doctors usually prescribe a retainer after any orthodontic treatment. 3M Clarity Aligners offers affordable, discreet clear retainers suitable for patients treated with clear aligners or traditional metal braces.
Many dental plans do include coverage for orthodontic appliances such as clear aligners. If you meet your insurance company’s eligibility requirements, they may cover a portion of the total treatment cost up to a lifetime maximum, which is typically between $1,000 to $3,000.
Contact our finance department at Gentle Care Dental in Los Angeles and speak to an expert about your financial options to pay for a treatment like this.
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