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Straighten Up: The Ultimate Guide to Clear Aligners

June 26, 2024

In recent years, clear aligners have revolutionized orthodontic treatment, offering a discreet and convenient alternative to traditional braces. Whether you’re considering aligners for yourself or simply curious about this innovative technology, here’s everything you need to know:

What are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are transparent, removable trays custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth. They gradually shift your teeth into the desired position, effectively treating a wide range of dental misalignments. Each set of aligners is typically worn for about two weeks before progressing to the next set in the series. Here at Midland Avenue Dental we use a system called Clear Correct.

Benefits of Clear Aligners:

  1. Aesthetic Appeal: Unlike metal braces, clear aligners are nearly invisible, making them a popular choice for adults and teens concerned about their appearance during treatment.
  2. Comfort: Made from smooth plastic, clear aligners are generally more comfortable than traditional braces and less likely to cause irritation to the gums and cheeks.
  3. Removability: Aligners can be taken out for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing, allowing for greater flexibility in daily life and easier maintenance of oral hygiene.
  4. Predictable Treatment: Advanced computer technology enables precise planning of tooth movements, offering a clear timeline of treatment progress.

How Clear Aligners Work:

  1. Consultation and Planning: Dr. Saroya will assess your teeth and create a treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. Digital scans and photos will be taken to create your custom aligners.
  2. Wearing the Aligners: You’ll wear each set of aligners for 20-22 hours a day, removing them only for eating, drinking (except water), and oral hygiene.
  3. Progress Tracking: Regular check-ups with the Midland Avenue team ensures that your teeth are moving as planned, and adjustments can be made if necessary.
  4. Completion: Once your treatment is complete, you may need to wear retainers to maintain the new position of your teeth.

Is Clear Aligner Treatment Right for You?

Clear aligners are effective for treating mild to moderate orthodontic issues such as crowding, spacing, and minor bite problems. However, severe cases may still require traditional braces. We do suggest traditional braces for children as lost trays seem to be an issue for a lot of children.

Cost and Duration:

The cost of clear aligner treatment varies based on factors such as the complexity of your case and your location. Treatment duration can range from several months to a few years, depending on your individual needs. We have found the average cost for Clear Correct for both arches is $5500.00, and the average time is 18-24 months.

Tips for Success:

  • Consistency: Wear your aligners as directed by your ortho team here at Midland Avenue Dental for optimal results.
  • Hygiene: Keep your aligners and teeth clean to prevent cavities and maintain oral health.
  • Communication: Regularly communicate with Dr. Saroya about any concerns or changes you notice during treatment.


Clear aligners offer a modern, convenient way to achieve a straighter smile without the visibility and inconvenience of traditional braces. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, clear aligners could be the solution you’ve been looking for. Consult with your oral health providers here at Midland Avenue Dental to determine if this innovative option is right for you.
Embrace the journey to a confident smile with clear aligners—it’s time to straighten up!