Frequently Asked Questions About Clear Aligners | SmilePath
About SmilePath Invisible Aligners
Aligners are clear, snug-fitting, customized & removable appliances that aid in movement or straightening of teeth.
It is a series of aligners that fit over your teeth and apply precise force to correct their position.
Depending on the severity of the case, you might only wear them for 4-6 months on average.
Our Team of Experts strongly discourages you to eat/chew or drink hot & cold beverages with the aligners in, as they can damage the Aligners. You can only drink water while having them in.
Each set of Aligners is to be worn for 10 days.
You should wear your aligners for 20–22 hours each day. it is essential to wear them as prescribed; otherwise, it may delay the treatment process.
You may clean your Aligners by placing them under a running tap or dipping them in tap water, rubbing gently with a soft-bristled toothbrush. DO NOT USE Toothpaste, Mouthwash or other cleaners on the Aligners, as they might cause abrasions on the Aligners. Although, you can use aligners cleaner.
Our Dental Professionals do not recommend it, as it may cause unnecessary additional pressure on the bite or may crack your aligner.
Our Aligners are clearest in quality and are far more affordable than others. They are customized, handcrafted & trimmed to the gum line, making them snug fit and more comfortable to wear.
Our Aligners are BPA free, prescribed by our Licensed and experienced Team of Experts. Aligners are generally safe in Pregnancy. So, if you’ve already begun the treatment to get your teeth straightened or planning to start the process, you may do so without worrying about the effect it may have on your unborn child.
Yes, there will be some lisping at the beginning of the treatment, but should go away in a couple of days, as the mouth gets used to it.
Yes, many Aligner-users have not had any issue with using Mouth Musical Instruments, when wearing the Aligners. It might take a few days of getting used to.
Our Dental Professionals strongly discourage the wear of Aligners during high impact Sports, as it can be harmful if the mouth is struck.
Both types of treatments achieve a perfect smile. The significant difference is the wear time, regular aligners need to be worn for 20-22 hours each day when NightOnly Aligners need to be worn for only 8-10 continuous hours at night, while you sleep. Whereas, treatment duration may also vary.
Smile Path ships internationally and also provide a receipt of your purchase (if required by your local customs authorities) that will help you collect your aligners.
Aligners apply precise force on your teeth, so though not painful, minor discomfort is felt at the beginning of the treatment. Once broken into, it takes only a couple of days to get used to.
If the impression tray does not fit, please let us know right away, and our care team will send you new trays. Before you take your teeth impressions, put an empty tray over your teeth to check if the tray fits in your mouth comfortably. The tray shouldn’t be too loose or too tight, and it shouldn’t be digging into your gums. Make sure your back molars also fit properly into the tray.
When you purchase the impression kit, it will be shipped to you in 3-4 business days.
As you complete your treatment, you should start wearing your retainers 20-22 hours each day for the first six months, and then for the next six months, you can switch to wearing them in the night only as instructed by our experts. If you don’t, your teeth will start moving back to their original position.
From the day we receive workable teeth impressions, a smile projection will be sent to you in about 2 weeks. After you approve and pay for the Aligners, they will be sent to you in about 3 weeks. So the whole process normally takes 5 weeks, unless there are any unforeseen circumstances.
Smile Projection is a 3D proposed treatment plan, which is prescribed by our Technical team displaying ‘Before & After’ positions of your teeth. This Smile projection is sent to you for approval. If you are happy you can go ahead with your aligners. If you aren’t, you can always request a modification before we start fabrication on your aligners.
Some people find it difficult at first to get the aligners on the back of their teeth. It takes a bit of practice and getting used to, especially when the aligners are new to you. Be sure to follow the instructions on insertion and removal. If you are still having trouble, contact us, and we are glad to help you.
Once we receive your teeth impressions, it usually takes 12-14 business days to create your smile projection.
If you have lost your aligner, please reach out to your Smile Crew Member immediately.
The person of contact during your aligner treatment will be your assigned Smile Crew Member. You may contact him/her with any concerns and it will be forwarded to the dentist assigned to your treatment. The Smile Crew Member will get back to you with the response from your assigned dentist.
Pricing & Refunds
Sure, you can, but we need the impressions of both top and bottom arch. Our experienced Team of Experts will evaluate to ensure your bite is well-aligned at the end of the treatment, and the price is the same whether you are doing it only for the top/bottom or both.
Smile Path strives to make the process as convenient as possible, and we want our customers to feel confident while purchasing our Aligners. Our policies are customer-friendly.
In case we receive your teeth impressions, and our team of experts finds that you are not a good candidate for the aligner treatment, we will issue a full refund without any delay.
Yes, we do offer two different types of affordable monthly installment plans, our SmileFlex plan comes with a soft credit check and our SmileFlex Easy is with no credit check or forms to fill out, please visit our pricing section.
Yes, you may, if you would like to. If you pay upfront, you will get an impression kit included at no extra cost.
Absolutely. If our team of experts finds that you are not a suitable candidate, you are entitled to receive a full refund.
Absolutely. Please contact your Smile Crew Member to get it arranged.
The Evaluation Process
An impression kit is used to get accurate molds of your teeth (Upper & Lower) to create your treatment. It contains a cheek retractor, impression trays & material, Practice Putty, Pre-paid shipping label, a pair of gloves, and an impression guide.
Yes, you can get the aligners but we recommend that you first consult with your Dentist, if your Dentist says you don’t need to get them removed then you can go ahead with the treatment.
Yes, you can still get aligners treatment if you have missing tooth/ teeth. The good part is we can put a pontic where you are missing a tooth and you will need to get colored coating on your aligner to cover up the missing tooth space so there are no visible gaps during your treatment.
It’s up to you, but we recommend you to get a bridge/crown after the treatment gets completed. In case you get a bridge before you start with the aligner treatment, then, in this case, we request you to provide us with an X-ray so our team could identify the bridge and design the treatment accordingly. This is only essential because aligners can’t move a bridge.
Usually, you can start with the Aligner treatment after three months of getting an implant, but we recommend that you consult with your dentist first before you start with the treatment.
In our multi-step aligner treatment process, each set of aligners features laser markings that provide clear guidance to the patient regarding which step to use next. This not only assists the patient but also aids our experts in tracking and overseeing the progress throughout the entire aligner treatment journey.
If you are 13 years or above, the aligner treatment is the best fit for you. People from the ages of 50-60 can also have the aligner treatment.
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