At River Ridge Dental, Dr. Zirker and Dr. Crippes can straighten smiles and boost the confidence of their patients using clear braces, which are also referred to as teeth aligners or smile aligners. We use trusted clear braces systems that are known to deliver exceptional smile results while keeping your orthodontic treatment discreet!
During the consultation phase of the process, Dr. Zirker or Dr. Crippes will scan your teeth into 3D models using our high-tech digital scanner. Digital imaging technology means our team won’t have to take traditional impressions using sticky, putty-like materials that so many patients find uncomfortable. Instead, we're proud to use ultra-effective and non-invasive digital technology!
We’re proud to offer the best clear smile aligner services near Cedar Rapids, IA and beyond. When you get treatment from Dr. Zirker and Dr. Crippes, you are receiving care from a highly-trained orthodontic professionals who are well-versed in a variety of treatment options.
What Are Clear Aligners & How Do They Work?
Clear aligners are an orthodontic system that utilizes a series of clear teeth aligners to gradually straighten the smile. Each set of custom-made aligners is a discreet, comfortable solution to metal braces. While the aligners are meant to be worn throughout the day and night, they are removable for more enjoyable mealtimes. They also place no food restrictions on our patients and leave plenty of room for effective brushing and flossing!
With our digital imaging technology, Dr. Zirker or Dr. Crippes will scan your mouth in order to make multiple sets of clear braces, which you’ll wear in sequence, swapping them out every one to two weeks as you progress in your treatment. Each pair is specially customized to move your teeth toward alignment and your desired positioning. Unless you’re otherwise instructed, you’ll return to our office during treatment so that our dentists can track your progress and make adjustments as necessary.
If you suffer from any of the following orthodontic conditions, you could be a great candidate for smile treatment with clear braces:
- Crooked Teeth
- Gaps Between Teeth
- Open Bites
- Crowded Teeth
- Misshapen Teeth
- …and more!
Your Consultation With Dr. Zirker or Dr. Crippes
During your consultation, Dr. Zirker or Dr. Crippes will carefully examine your teeth and jaw using digital x-rays and imaging technologies to determine the best route for treatment. If you decide that clear braces are right for you, he will take mess-free digital impressions of your teeth and use those impressions to develop your treatment plan and determine the best way to move forward for your desired results.
Generally, patients who have mild-to-moderate misalignment are candidates for clear smile aligners. If our dentists do discover a more severe orthodontic concern, they may recommend moving the discussion toward traditional orthodontics to straighten your teeth instead.
How Much Do Clear Braces Cost?
The total out-of-pocket cost for clear braces will vary for each patient, and it will depend on the following criteria:
- The specific terms of your dental insurance coverage
- The length of your treatment timeline
- If there are any preliminary procedures or treatments that must be complete prior to beginning clear smile aligner treatment
At River Ridge Dental, we never want your orthodontic treatment costs to be a prohibitive factor. To make it as easy for you as possible, we accept major dental insurance plans, and we consider affordability an important aspect of our services.
Do you have questions about financing your clear braces? Our friendly team is here, happy and ready to assist you!
Schedule Your Clear Braces Consultation
Ready to straighten your smile, but want to avoid metal braces? Call River Ridge Dental today to schedule your orthodontic consultation with Dr. Zirker or Dr. Crippes!