FAQs

SureSmile® Aligners are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to braces, especially for minor tooth movements that improve your smile
SureSmile® Aligners are an aesthetically pleasing alternative to braces, especially for minor tooth movements that improve your smile

How many hours a day will I have to wear SureSmile Aligners?

For the shortest time to your perfect smile, wear them 20-22 hours each day, including while asleep.

How do I know which aligner to use?

Make sure you use the correct aligner.

Each aligner is engraved with the first four letters of your name, a “U” for upper teeth or an “L” for lower teeth, followed by the stage number.
When it is time to switch to your next aligner stage, shift the aligners in the cases. Clean and place the aligners that you just finished wearing into one case. Clean and place your new “current stage” aligners into the other case.
Don’t use your aligners if they are cracked or broken. Broken pieces can be accidentally swallowed or aspirated and may be harmful.

Are there any tips to inserting and removing my SureSmile Aligners?

Insert your aligners using a Chewies™ Aligner Tray Seater: For removal, on one side of your mouth, use your fingertip on the inside of your back molar and slowly pull the aligner or retainer from your molars.
Place the Chewies Aligner Tray Seater between your upper and lower arches.
Gently bite down on the Chewies Aligner Tray Seater and work your aligner into place until it’s fully seated. 
Removing your aligners: Gently grasp the edge of your aligner near the back of your mouth and pull away from your gumline.
 

How long will my SureSmile Aligner treatment last?

Treatment generally lasts anywhere from 6 to 18 months. What to expect: On average, plan on about 2-4 weeks from your initial scanning appointment to wearing your first aligners, depending on how quickly the case is submitted by your dental professional and when your follow-up appointment is available.
Expect to wear each set of aligners for two weeks, as prescribed by your dental professional.
The office will schedule your office visits which will vary depending upon the complexity of your case. Quite often you can expect to visit every 3 months. 
When you start wearing each new set of aligners, you can experience a snugger fit for a few days, which is normal.
 

Where (or how) do I get SureSmile Aligners?

For your healthiest smile and best results, SureSmile® Aligners are only available from certified dentists and orthodontists.

Call your trusty care providers at Sharp Smile Center today to set up a consulation!

How much do SureSmile Aligners cost?

Because each case is different–some patients require more or less treatment–the total cost of your new smile will depend on the treatment plan you and your dental professional agree upon. Be sure to discuss cost, insurance options and payment plans with your dentist during your initial consultation appointment.

Will I need to wear a retainer after completing SureSmile Aligner treatment?

A retainer should be recommended at the end of orthodontic treatment. Please consult with your dental professional for the best option after your SureSmile Aligner treatment is complete.

Who is eligible for treatment with clear aligners?

A retainer should be recommended at the end of orthodontic treatment. Please consult with your dental professional for the best option after your SureSmile Aligner treatment is complete.

Can you use clear aligners if you have veneers or crowns?

This should be determined on a case by case basis by your doctor. No two treatment cases are ever the same; however, our digital lab specialists are available to help your doctor determine the best course of care through our technology capabilities and custom plastic appliances to find the best solution for unique treatment cases.
Dr. Michael Sharp

Sharp Smile Center

Dr. Michael Sharp believes in using his advanced dentistry skills and top-of-the-line dental technology to help people change their lives for the better—inside and out. Dr. Sharp belongs to a number of prestigious organizations, including:
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • International Congress of Oral Implantologists
  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
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