What to Expect When Getting Started with Clear Orthodontic Aligners

Sep 01, 2023
What to Expect When Getting Started with Clear Orthodontic Aligners
Do you want to straighten your teeth without the hassle of metal braces? If so, clear aligners could be just what you need. Read on to learn what clear aligners are and some of their many benefits.

If you want a smile that is healthy and looks great, having straight teeth is a critical part of the equation. One of the most discreet ways to achieve this is with clear orthodontic aligners.

Clear aligners consist of transparent plastic trays that are custom-made to fit over your teeth, and they gradually move your teeth into their correct positions. Unlike metal braces, there are no wires, metal brackets, or bands.

Nancy Horton, DMD, who provides state-of-the-art dental care at OneSource Dental of South Tampa in Tampa, Florida, offers clear aligners, which are a convenient, nearly invisible, and more comfortable alternative to traditional braces.

In this blog, Dr. Horton breaks down what clear orthodontic aligners are and their benefits over traditional braces. 

Getting clear orthodontic aligners

To start the process, Dr. Horton first evaluates your teeth, goes over your treatment options, and answers your questions. Once Dr. Horton considers you to be a suitable candidate for clear aligners, she then makes 3-D scans of your mouth.

With these scans in hand, she maps out how your teeth should move over time to get into their correct positions. Then, a series of custom aligners is made, and each set is designed to move your teeth a little at a time toward their ideal positions.

When Dr. Horton gives you your series of aligners, you put in your first set. Then, every 1-2 weeks, you replace the current set with the next set in the series. Finally, when you take out your last set, you have the smile you desire. For the best results, you need to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours a day.

The benefits of clear aligners 

Clear orthodontic aligners have garnered popularity for several reasons. Some of the key benefits include:

Aesthetic appeal

Clear aligners are made from transparent, medical-grade plastic that fits snugly over your teeth. This means that most people won't even notice you're wearing them, which can help you feel more confident and less self-conscious.


Traditional braces are made up of metal wires and brackets, which can cause irritation and pain. Clear aligners, however, are smooth and custom-fitted to your teeth, making them much more comfortable.


Being able to remove your clear aligners means you can continue enjoying your favorite foods and maintain your regular oral hygiene routine. You simply take them out before meals and when brushing and flossing. This flexibility also makes it easier to keep your aligners clean.

Personalized design

Every set of clear aligners is crafted to fit your unique dental structure. We use advanced modeling to plan your treatment schedule carefully, ensuring that each aligner moves your teeth gradually and precisely.


Traditional braces can trap food and make cleaning more challenging. However, clear aligners offer a hygienic alternative. You can remove them to clean your mouth thoroughly, which can reduce the risk of plaque building up and other dental issues.

Clear orthodontic aligners are a convenient and unobtrusive way to achieve the smile of your dreams. To learn more about clear aligners and to see if they could help you, call 813-879-9299 or book an appointment online with OneSource Dental of South Tampa today.