We know the teenage years can be daunting enough without adding orthodontic treatment into the mix.

Luckily for our Westwalk Orthodontic Group patients, we offer the very latest in clear aligner treatment, allowing our teen patients to get their ideal smiles without drawing more attention to themselves.

Our aligners are crafted in-house by our orthodontists and consist of a series of nearly invisible and removable trays that gradually guide your teeth to their ideal location. They are custom designed for each individual patient.

Through a series of customized aligners that fit snugly over the teeth, your teen’s teeth are gradually guided to their ideal locations. Trays will be switched out every one to three weeks, depending on the required level of movement, until the ideal smile and bite alignment has been reached.

How many hours a day do the aligner trays need to be worn?

In order to work as effectively as possible, the aligner trays must be worn 20 to 22 hours a day, otherwise treatment cannot progress as it should. Trays should only be removed when eating, drinking, brushing and flossing.

How often do you visit the orthodontist during treatment?

On average, our patients visit our Norwalk or Westport offices every six weeks. These appointments are important so that we can monitor your progress, and make any adjustments that may be needed. It also give you an opportunity to ask questions or voice concerns.

Is orthodontic treatment with aligners painful?

There will be some slight discomfort associated with your treatment, especially as you move to each new aligner set. We recommend using Tylenol or Advil to make you more comfortable.

Are braces or aligners more effective?

Depending on the specific issue we are treating, aligner treatment can be as efficient as regular braces when worn as recommended. However, there may be some instances where braces are better suited to handle the specific orthodontic issue.

Your orthodontist will discuss your treatment options with you at your initial consultation and will let you know if aligners may be a feasible option. For some issues, such as patients who present with a narrow upper jaw, aligners may not be able to provide the results needed to improve the smile and bite.

Other issues, such as extreme crowding that requires extraction of permanent teeth, or underlying skeletal discrepancies, may not be treated with aligner therapy.