SureSmile® Aligners FAQ

SureSmile Dentist Grand Rapids MI

Have questions about SureSmile® aligners? You’ve come to the right place! Our cosmetic dentist in East Grand Rapids, MI, has experience helping patients just like you achieve their dreams smiles through SureSmile treatment. During your consultation, he’ll be able to answer any questions that aren’t addressed here. He’ll also be able to determine if you’re a candidate for clear aligner therapy.

In the meantime, here are some of the most frequently asked questions we receive from patients.

What are SureSmile Clear Aligners?

SureSmile clear aligners are custom-made, transparent plastic aligners that are worn over teeth to gently shift them into the desired position.

How Do SureSmile Clear Aligners Work?

SureSmile aligners work by applying gentle, consistent pressure to teeth, gradually moving them into the desired position over time. The aligners are typically worn for 20 to 22 hours per day and are changed every 1 to 2 weeks.

Am I a Candidate for SureSmile Aligners?

You may be a candidate for SureSmile aligners if you have teeth that are crooked and/or crowded. Our cosmetic dentist in East Grand Rapids, MI, may also recommend clear aligners to correct bite issues.

For example, clear aligner treatment may be used to correct an overbite or underbite. That way, you can achieve a more harmonious relationship between your upper and lower jaws.

To truly know if you’re a candidate for SureSmile aligners, you’ll need to schedule a consultation with our cosmetic dentist.

How Long Does SureSmile Treatment Take?

The length of treatment with SureSmile clear aligners can vary depending on the individual case. Generally, treatment takes between 6 and 18 months.

Can I Eat and Drink Normally While Wearing Aligners?

SureSmile clear aligners are removable. This means that you’ll be able to eat and drink normally without any restrictions. However, they should be removed during meals and replaced after brushing and flossing. You should also remove aligners before drinking anything staining, such as coffee or red wine.

Is Treatment with SureSmile Aligners Painful?

Patients may experience some discomfort or pressure during the first few days of wearing new aligners. However, this typically subsides quickly as the teeth adjust to the new aligners. Also, please remember that you can easily manage temporary discomfort by taking over-the-counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen.

Can SureSmile Clear Aligners Fix All Orthodontic Problems?

While SureSmile clear aligners are effective at treating many orthodontic problems, they may not be suitable for all cases. Our dentist can evaluate your individual case and determine if SureSmile clear aligners are the right treatment option for you.

How Much Do SureSmile Clear Aligners Cost?

The cost of SureSmile aligners can vary depending on the individual case and the complexity of the treatment. Our dentist can provide you with a personalized estimate for the cost of treatment.

Schedule a SureSmile Consultation

Our cosmetic dentist in East Grand Rapids, MI, is accepting new patients and would be more than happy to determine if you’re a candidate for SureSmile clear aligners. To schedule an appointment, please call Richard Elias III DDS at (616) 458-2048. You may also fill out our online contact form and someone from our team will reach out to you soon.

We are delighted to welcome you to our practice!

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