Clear orthodontic aligners are typically used for patients who have mild or moderately crowded teeth, or have minor spacing issues. Patients who have severe crowding or spacing problems — or severe underbites, overbites, or crossbites — may need more complex treatment.
For patients who do fit the bill, the process typically takes several steps. A Houston-based extreme makeover dentist such as Dr. Randy Farmer of Houston Smile Docs will first have to take x-rays, pictures, and impressions to produce a 3-D rendering of the patient’s teeth for a more precise fit. A series of clear aligners will subsequently be fabricated and fitted in keeping with the adjustments that need to be made.