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Farmington Hills, MI 48335
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By Dr. Sheela Neral, DDS, PC
April 02, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures

If you are considering having your teeth straightened, for cosmetic or other reasons, the idea of using clear aligners rather than traditional braces may be appealing.

Here are the answers to some frequently asked questions about clear aligners.

What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are clear removable custom fitted “trays” that gradually straighten teeth. Used sequentially, each individual tray is slightly different from the one before and is worn every day for two weeks before going on to the next one in the series. This slowly moves your teeth to a new position.

How are they made?
The trays are computer-generated, based on impressions and models of your mouth combined with the knowledge of growth, development of teeth and jaws, and most importantly how and why teeth move.

How long does this treatment take?
By wearing clear aligners for at least 20 hours per day for two weeks before changing to the next tray in the sequence, treatment time can range from six months to two years depending on your individual situation.

Can children wear clear aligners?
Clear aligners are generally used for adults who have all their teeth and when jaw growth is complete, but can be used for younger people depending upon the extent and severity of their situation.

What situations can clear aligners be used for?
Clear aligners can realign or straighten teeth, close mild spaces, treat elongated teeth and tip teeth into better position. They are usually recommended for correcting mild to moderate crowding of teeth, particularly if your back teeth already fit together properly.

When are clear aligners probably not the right choice?
If you have a bad bite (your back teeth do not fit together well), or if you have a severe overbite or underbite, traditional braces are probably a better choice for treatment. If your teeth are severely crowded, or if your situation is complex, clear aligners will probably not be the right treatment choice.

How do you decide whether clear aligners are right for you?
An orthodontic assessment of your individual situation must be performed by our office.

What is considered in the assessment?
The assessment includes specialized x-rays of your teeth, jaws and skull, along with photos, impressions, and models of your bite.

For more information about clear aligners vs. traditional braces, make an appointment with us for a consultation and an examination of your own situation. You can learn more by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Orthodontic Aligners: An Alternative for Adult Orthodontics.”

By Sheela Neral
October 24, 2013
Category: Dentist
Tags: invisalign  

Invisalign Farmington Hills, MI & Sterling Heights, MI

Patients in Sterling Heights, Try Invisalign! 
Wearing metal braces is often associated with childhood, but rarely adulthood.  Because of this, many people continue to go without Invisalign Farmington Hills, MI & Sterling Heights, MItreatment.  Luckily, there is a solution to straightening your teeth that will allow you to go on with your regular lifestyle—Invisalign from your Sterling Heights dentist, Dr. Sheela Neral.   
Invisalign is a series of clear aligners that allow you to straighten your teeth without interrupting your everyday life.  The use of a series of clear aligners, rather than traditional wire braces, function to gradually position your teeth the exact way you want them.  With Invisalign’s removable, invisible and comfortable aligners, you will achieve the straight teeth you have always wanted without anyone even knowing you are undergoing treatment. 
Benefits of Using Invisalign
Treatment with Invisalign for patients in Sterling Heights, and surrounding areas, is discrete and comfortable.  The clear aligners are created specifically for each individual patient and are completely transparent, allowing them to go unnoticed.  Invisalign does not react with the gum tissue as traditional braces may do, making them comfortable to wear.  
Additionally, with Invisalign you can eat and clean your teeth normally.  Each time you eat or brush your teeth, simply take out your aligners and replace them when finished.  This allows you to maintain a proper dental hygiene regimen, as well as a healthy diet.  
Invisalign is an ideal choice for straightening your teeth simply for these reasons:

  • You can take your aligners out to eat, brush and floss
  • Change to a new set of aligners every two weeks
  • Your teeth gradually move position over time
  • Your progress is checked at regular intervals by your dentist
  • Unnoticeable to others
  • Your lifestyle will not be interrupted
  • Your teeth and gums will not be irritated by metal wires or bands

If you are not happy with your crooked smile, a consultation with Dr. Sheela Neral, your general dentist in Sterling Heights, should be set up for further analysis.  For Dr. Neral’s patients in Sterling Heights, Invisalign is not for everyone, but with a proper visit and assessment, a proper treatment plan will be created to straighten your smile. 
Are you ready to straighten your teeth, but dread the thought of traditional braces?  Contact us to learn more about Invisalign in Sterling Heights.


Many adults these days are opting for clear aligners to correct orthodontic problems that have long bothered them. Katherine Heigl is a perfect example. She had one tooth that was out of alignment, and wanted to have it fixed before her wedding day.

“I got them [clear aligners] because of this wonky tooth,” Heigl told In Style magazine not long ago. “It's awesome because every two weeks you switch to a new retainer. Pretty much the perfect way to describe Invisalign is Netflix for your teeth.”

That's actually a pretty good way to describe this highly user-friendly form of orthodontic treatment. Clear aligners are transparent, plastic oral appliances that are changed every two weeks so that your teeth can be moved a little bit at a time, according to a carefully staged sequence. Though they cover your teeth completely, clear aligners are barely noticeable.

In fact, when Heigl excused herself before taking out her aligners to eat, her In Style interviewer said, “Who knew you wore them? I guess that's the point of Invisalign.”

Being able to remove the aligners for eating and, more importantly, teeth-cleaning, is another major advantage of this method of straightening teeth. Successful orthodontic treatment for adults depends on good periodontal health (“peri” – around; “odont” – tooth), and the best way to keep your gums and the underlying bone that supports your teeth healthy is to keep up an effective daily oral hygiene routine.

Clear aligners have been improved in recent years to correct more complicated malocclusions (“mal” – bad; “occlusion” – bite) than previously; they can even work well for teenagers. But there are still some cases that call for traditional braces. We would be happy to explore all the different options for orthodontic treatment with you, whether you have crowded teeth, an overbite or underbite, or just one “wonky tooth.”

If you would like more information about clear aligners, please contact us or schedule an appointment for a consultation. You can also learn more about clear aligners in general by reading the Dear Doctor magazine article “Clear Aligners For Teenagers.” Dear Doctor also has more on “Wedding Day Smiles.”