Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Aligner Questions

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The treatment involves wearing clear, plastic trays that are custom-designed for your mouth. On day-one customers receive all aligner trays to be used throughout the treatment plan. Each aligner will make slight adjustments to tooth position, a process that is mapped out in advance by the dental lab we work with and then reviewed and approved by Dr. Cronin. You’ll begin wearing a new set of aligners as directed by your prescribed treatment plan, typically every two weeks, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment. Learn more about clear aligners.

OrthoDirect clear aligners are trimmed in a straight fashion across the top, allowing us to get optimal turning force to straighten your teeth. 
OrthoDirect clear aligners are trimmed in a straight fashion across the top, allowing us to get optimal turning force to straighten your teeth. This also eliminates the need for buttons or attachments, which are generally considered unsightly or uncomfortable.

Every case order begins with a free consultation that includes a 3D scan and is followed by a remote orthodontic evaluation to determine if you are a smile candidate. Our invisible aligner system is designed for minor to moderate teeth correction, including space between teeth, crowding, rotations, and some bite correction. 

Our aligners can work for some customers who have an implant. Letting us know upfront where your implant is will help us determine if our clear aligners will work for you. Dr. Cronin assesses these situations on a case-by-case basis as a part of the first step in our process.

Our aligners can work for some customers who have missing teeth. Dr. Cronin will assess these situations on a case-by-case basis as a part of the first step in our process.
Our dental assistants use a highly accurate 3D intraoral scanner to capture a digital map of your smile, including your teeth and gum lines. This 3D image helps us determine if our aligners are a fit for your smile and allows our lab to work with the doctor overseeing your case in creating your personalized treatment plan.

Plan to be there for about 30-45  minutes. 

Yes, after our lab receives your impressions, we create a custom treatment plan which shows a before and after 3D visualization of how we expect your teeth will move with treatment. 

Most of our patients treatment is under 6 months. However, treatment can last anywhere from 3-15 months. 

Fixing crowding or spacing changes your bite. To keep the bite correct, sometimes Dr. Cronin recommends treating the both arches. If you’re correcting crowding in one arch, you may have to widen the shape of the opposing teeth to match or the bite can be affected. The same principal is true for correcting spacing in your teeth. As gaps are closed, the shape of the arch changes. The arches need to be symmetrical to ensure a good bite, so the bottom teeth may need to be adjusted, even if you’re primarily concerned with a gap in only one arch. However, in many cases it is acceptable to correct only one arch. 

Whenever you are not eating or brushing, you should be wearing your aligners. You should wear them no less than 22 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Most people experience some soreness for a few days after wearing a new set of aligners. This is perfectly normal. It is a sign that your aligners are working, gently moving your teeth to their final destination. This soreness should gradually go away after the first few days of a new set.

If you lose one of your aligners, you will need to order a replacement right away. The cost for replacements is only $60 per tray. You will need to wear the previous aligner to ensure that your teeth do not shift back to their original position, while you are waiting for your new aligner to arrive. So remember to never throw away your last aligner!

 
As with any orthodontic treatment, you'll need to wear a retainer regularly to maintain your new smile. You'll wear your retainers 24 hours a day (except for eating and drinking) for two weeks (or more if recommended by Dr. Cronin). After that, you'll want to wear your retainers only while you sleep. When retainers are taken care of they can last for a year or more. 

We do! We are currently in network with both Cigna, Moda, United Healthcare, Concordia and Delta dental insurance companies in Washington and Oregon. In the event we are not in network with your insurance provider, we are happy to help you get the coverage your plan allows.