Clear Aligners

General Dentist & Cosmetic Dentistry located in Stamford, CT

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners provide a quick and convenient way to address alignment problems like crooked or crowded teeth. At the office in Stamford, Connecticut, experienced cosmetic and implant dentist Tatiana Barton, DDS, can help teenagers and adults find the best clear aligner solution for their goals. Call the office to request a consultation for yourself or your child today, or book online.

Clear Aligners Q&A

What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment that uses a series of removable plastic aligners to put mild pressure on your jaw and periodontal ligament (a band of tissue that supports your teeth). 

Wearing your aligners for a prescribed amount of time each day improves the position of your teeth, making your smile more symmetrical and your teeth easier to clean.

What problems can clear aligners correct?

Dr. Barton uses clear aligners to correct various alignment problems, including:

  • Crowding
  • Overlapping teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Gaps between the teeth
  • Mispositioned jaw

Treatment also addresses bite issues, like crossbite, overbite, and underbite.

What does clear aligner treatment involve?

Treatment begins with reviewing your dental records and discussing what you like and dislike about your smile. Then Dr. Barton completes an oral exam and takes a series of digital X-rays. If you have crowded teeth or a misaligned jaw, you likely qualify for treatment.

To best serve her patients, Dr. Barton offers Candid™ aligning and Invisalign®. Invisalign is usually ideal for more complex issues, as it allows Dr. Barton to address concerns every step of the way. For smiles requiring less correction and wanting equally beautiful results, dentist-guided Candid aligning treatments are a great option. 

She uses an intraoral scanner for a perfect model of your teeth; no goopy impressions are needed. Then, she uploads the scans and develops a custom orthodontic treatment plan, mapping out the precise movements of your teeth and jaw needed for a straight, healthy smile and bite.

After finalizing the treatment plan, Dr. Barton sends the impressions to a lab to create your aligners. Every few weeks, you transition to a new set of aligners, gradually adjusting your teeth with gentle pressure on your jaw and periodontal ligament.

How long does treatment with clear aligners take?

Treatment time depends on the alignment problems addressed and your commitment to your dentist’s plan. Some people finish treatment within 12 months, but it may take 24 months or even longer. After you finish wearing your aligners, you transition to an orthodontic retainer.

Follow Dr. Barton’s instructions, attend each of your checkups, and wear your aligners for the time prescribed.

Call Tatiana Barton, DDS, to learn more about the benefits of clear aligner treatment, or book online today.