Clear Aligners

Clear Aligners

At Cortez Dental, clear aligners are made of a clear, BPA-free plastic that is virtually invisible, making them an ideal choice for image-conscious teens and adults. The smooth plastic is comfortable and has no sharp edges or ridges to irritate your cheeks or gums. Since the aligners are removable, they are easy to clean and maintain. Remove them when you eat, and brush your teeth to clean them thoroughly before putting them back in your mouth.

Because they are made from clear plastic designed to fit your unique bite pattern, clear aligners can reposition your teeth effectively without the metal wires and brackets of traditional braces, which can come loose or even break. Instead, the aligners gently pressure the teeth to move them into place over time. You can remove the trays during eating and brushing so that nothing will stop you from maintaining your regular oral hygiene routine while wearing the clear aligner. This also means that you can continue to enjoy certain foods you could not eat with traditional braces because they are too difficult to remove from the metal wires and brackets. In addition to being comfortable and unobtrusive, clear aligners are very discreet and barely noticeable when worn.

How Does Clear Aligners Work?

The clear aligner system straightens teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners custom-fitted to your mouth. Each new set is worn for about two weeks and moves your teeth gradually until your treatment is complete. Unlike traditional metal braces, they are removable, so they do not interfere with or limit what you can eat during treatment. You can take them out to eat meals, brush and floss your teeth, or even play certain sports without worry. There are no food restrictions with invisible braces, either! However, you do have to wear your aligners as prescribed, which is usually about 22 hours each day. Plus, unlike traditional braces, no wires or brackets irritate the inside of your lips or cheeks while you wear them.

The Benefits of Clear Aligners


Clear aligners are made from smooth plastic and are customized to fit your mouth comfortably. They are fitted to move your teeth gradually into position over time, so you don’t have to worry about irritation or pain in the weeks, months, or even years of treatment.


One of the most significant benefits of clear aligners is that they are virtually invisible when worn. This means you can smile confidently without worrying about being embarrassed about your appearance during treatment. This benefit is also great for teens self-conscious about their appearance, as they don’t have to worry about telling anyone they are wearing braces.


Clear aligners are also removable, so you can take them out to eat, drink, and clean them. This makes your oral hygiene routine easy to maintain throughout your treatment. You can also remove the aligners for special events like weddings, graduation ceremonies, etc.

Following our dentist's instructions regarding using and caring for your clear aligners is vital for the best treatment outcome. To learn more about clear aligners, contact Cortez Dental at 43 W. Montezuma Ave., Cortez, CO 81321, or call (970) 565-9569.

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