10 Keys to Clear Aligner Treatment

Getting the straight smile of your dreams at McClaran Orthodontics is always exciting. It’s one of our most popular treatment options. Clear aligners are discreet, removable and effective! Finishing the orthodontic journey takes work, but sticking to these 10 keys to clear aligner treatment will get you to your goal without a hitch. 


Key #1: Consistent Check-Ups

Regular check-ups are the cornerstone of any successful orthodontic treatment because each visit to our office brings you one step closer to the radiant smile you’ve been dreaming of. These appointments are critical – missing them can extend your overall treatment plan, meaning you spend more time wearing clear aligners than originally planned. By attending every appointment and rescheduling as soon as possible when necessary, you can ensure your clear aligner plan stays on track for success. 

Key #2: Following Instructions

Clear aligners are excellent tools for shifting your teeth in line, but they can only work their magic when wearing them. It’s essential to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, removing them only for meals or vigorous activities. This consistent wear ensures your aligners can perform their duties effectively, ultimately giving you the dream smile you’ve always wanted. 

Key #3: Clean Trays

Just like you have to brush your teeth to stay on top of your oral hygiene, you must also clean your aligner trays to avoid bad breath or bacteria that could harm your appliance. Regular rinsing, avoiding abrasive toothpaste, and weekly soaking in vinegar water can keep your aligners sparkling clean. Remember, a clean aligner is a happy aligner!

Key #4: Timely Tray Changes

Throughout your clear aligner treatment, you’ll transition through a series of trays, each one designed to bring you closer to the end goal. By following Dr. McClaran’s schedule, you’ll keep your treatment on track without adding time or extra appointments. 

Our team at McClaran Orthodontics is sharing 10 keys to clear aligner treatment that will get you to your goal without a hitch!

Key #5: Strategic Removal

Although you should always wear your clear aligners for 22 hours per day, you need to remove these trays occasionally to keep them safe. Eating, playing sports, or practicing an instrument require putting your tray in its case for a short break. This balance between wear and removal ensures your aligners stay in top shape, ready to serve you in your smile journey – just remember to put them back in when you get done! 

Key #6: Eyes On the Prize

Starting your orthodontic journey can be challenging, but remember, the destination is a beautiful, confident smile. Keep your eyes on the prize, and let the vision of your future smile fuel your journey. Whether it’s marking off calendar days or keeping a list of reasons for your treatment, find what motivates you and let it guide you toward your goal.

Key #7: Embrace the Science

Clear aligners are more than just plastic trays; they result from years of scientific research and technological advancements. Research has shown that clear aligners can positively impact patients’ oral health-related quality of life. This is because clear aligners are effective in straightening teeth and offer enhanced aesthetics and comfort compared to traditional braces, making the orthodontic journey more enjoyable and less stressful for patients.

Key #8: Trust the Process

Orthodontic treatment is not a sprint; it’s a marathon. It requires patience, commitment, and trust in the process. With their transparent design and custom fit, clear aligners make this marathon more comfortable and less noticeable. Success depends on your commitment to wearing the aligners as recommended and maintaining good oral hygiene.

Key #9: Celebrate the Transformation 

The journey with clear aligners is not just about straightening teeth; it’s about transforming smiles and boosting confidence, as well as the joy you feel when you look in the mirror and see a beautiful, radiant smile. So, celebrate each step of your transformation. After all, every little progress is a step closer to your dream smile!

Our team at McClaran Orthodontics is sharing 10 keys to clear aligner treatment that will get you to your goal without a hitch!

Key #10: Choose the Right Orthodontist

Last but not least, the success of your clear aligner treatment depends on the expertise and experience of your orthodontist. At McClaran Orthodontics, we have years of experience transforming smiles with clear aligners. We are committed to providing personalized care and creating beautiful smiles in a comfortable and friendly environment.

The McClaran Promise

At McClaran Orthodontics, we’re not just about creating beautiful smiles; we’re about creating memorable experiences. We’ll be there to cheer you on throughout your straight smile journey. 

If you’re ready to unlock the full potential of a clear aligner treatment plan, it’s time to call our team to schedule your free consultation with Dr. McClaran.