What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners (or clear braces) are the aesthetic alternative to traditional orthodontic treatment with metal braces. An aligner tray pushes on your teeth in key spots to help your teeth slowly move into new positions. You would wear a series of aligners that gradually bring your teeth into healthy alignment.

Treatment with Reveal Aligners by Henry Schein Orthodontics can include up to 30 trays, and each tray is worn for two weeks.

How do I know if clear aligners are right for me?

Clear aligners are available for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth. To find out if clear aligners are right for you, please schedule a consultation with a local Reveal aligner doctor. Your doctor will provide you with a comprehensive oral exam to confirm candidacy for clear aligners.

What are the benefits of clear aligners over traditional braces?

Teeth aligners are sometimes called “clear braces.” But unlike traditional braces, clear aligners are nearly invisible. They are also comfortable, removable, and easy to clean.

How many hours a day do clear aligners need to be worn?

Clear aligners must be worn all day and night for at least 22 hours. You can take the trays out while eating, brushing, and flossing. If you don’t wear your aligners for the minimum amount of time each day, then your teeth won’t move quickly, and you’ll increase the length of your overall treatment time.

What is an attachment?

Most dentist-provided aligner systems involve gluing attachments or “buttons” to your teeth. Attachments can be an aggravation. Getting a bunch of attachments means spending extra time at the dentist’s office to have them placed. Additionally, many patients feel that attachments are unsightly and defeat the purpose of wearing “invisible” teeth aligners.

Reveal Aligners by Henry Schein Orthodontics was specially designed to reduce the need for attachments. The ClearWear™ material used in our aligners and a unique manufacturing process create a precise fit that helps our aligners to hug the teeth. This results in tooth movement without the need for attachments in many cases.

Can I get clear aligners without seeing a dentist?

We strongly recommend that you speak to a dental professional if you are interested in clear aligners. A dentist or orthodontist will help you to achieve the smile you desire while ensuring that your oral health is preserved and protected throughout your treatment. This is why we created the Reveal brand of clear aligners with a focus on overall health and doctor-led treatment.

What are the benefits of getting clear aligners through my doctor?

Your doctor will provide you with a comprehensive oral exam to determine whether or not your teeth qualify for clear aligners. If you don’t have your teeth checked by a professional before starting treatment, then there is a possibility that moving your teeth with aligners could cause permanent damage to your smile.

Additionally, your doctor will be available throughout your treatment to answer your questions and address your concerns. Your doctor will also know best how to help you in a dental emergency since they will already be familiar with your situation.

Lastly, routine dental checkups with your dentist will ensure your treatment is on track and that your oral health is in good condition.

What questions should I ask if I'm interested in clear aligners?

Here are some essential questions you should ask your dentist or orthodontist before beginning treatment with teeth aligners.

  • As part of my treatment, are comprehensive diagnostic records like x-rays taken before my treatment?
  • As part of my treatment fee, do I receive any in-person visits to a dentist’s office during my treatment?
  • How do I know if my teeth and gums are healthy enough for aligner treatment?
  • What are the possible risks (financial, health, etc.) associated with my aligner treatment?
  • How can I contact my doctor throughout my treatment? Or if an emergency arises?

Source: “Questions to Consider When Researching Direct-To-Consumer Orthodontic Companies.” American Association of Orthodontists. American Association of Orthodontists (AAO), 2019. https://www.aaoinfo.org/_/online-orthodontic-companies/.

Are Reveal Clear Aligners affordable?

There are many treatment options out there for you to choose from for straightening your teeth. Understandably, you want to shop around carefully before spending money on a clear aligner treatment. Reveal aims to provide you with a discreet, cost-effective, and safe treatment that can be performed under the guidance of a qualified doctor you trust.

If you are concerned about being able to afford treatment with Reveal, check with your insurance to see if you have orthodontic coverage. Ask your local dental office; they may be able to check for you.

You can also ask your benefits manager about paying with your tax-free FSA or HSA.

Another option to consider is CareCredit®, a healthcare credit card that helps you pay for treatments and procedures for you or your family that may not be covered by insurance. With special financing options, you can use your CareCredit card again and again for your dental needs, as well as at 200,000 other healthcare providers, including dentists, optometrists, veterinarians, ophthalmologists, and hearing specialists.

It’s free and easy to apply, and you’ll receive a decision immediately. If you’re approved, you can schedule your aligners even before you receive your card. With more than 21 million accounts opened since CareCredit began nearly 30 years ago, they are the trusted source for healthcare credit cards.

Learn more by visiting www.carecredit.com.

Ready to apply? Apply online for your CareCredit healthcare credit card today and begin your journey to a brighter smile with Reveal.