As an innovative advancement in orthodontic care, clear teeth aligners work to gradually shift the teeth over time while remaining virtually unseen as they blend into your natural teeth. Through a collection of custom-made mouth dental trays, clear aligners correct several common dental issues, such as gapped or crooked teeth and a misaligned bite. At Ashcraft Orthodontics, skilled orthodontist Dr. Michael Ashcraft provides clear teeth aligners for his patients that are desiring a more discreet alternative to traditional teeth-straightening methods. Clear aligners allow you to improve both the function and appearance of your teeth with more comfort and convenience for a more confident smile. Contact Ashcraft Orthodontics in Little Rock or Jacksonville, AR to learn more about this advanced orthodontic care option and to schedule your comprehensive consultation with Dr. Ashcraft.
"Lovely staff and Dr. Ashcraft is great!"- K.S. / Google / Sep 26, 2020
"I’ve known Dr Ashcraft for many years and finally it’s time for the kids to go into braces and there wasn’t another option. Only trust my kids with the best care available. Dr Mike is hands down my pick."- R.G. / Facebook / Sep 23, 2020
"First let me say this, like I have seen other reviews saying the staff in the back are very pleasant to be around, nice, courteous, and very friendly, I would agree and I haven’t really ran into rudeness at the front desk BUT however since COVID has started I was not informed on anything. My daughter had an appointment, they didn’t call to let me know they had shut down and will try to reschedule in the future after knowing a little more information. I had to call them and got the automated recording that their office was closed. Then didn’t get a call to let us know they had reopened and if we needed anything as far as fixing braces or other problems with her braces, THEN they didn’t call to let us know they where now able to remove braces now, I once again had to call them!! I know there have records of their patients and they should have on of the staff members at least calling patients. Who knows, we could have had her braces off by now and I've being waiting several months wondering about this information. The last phone conversation I had with their office the lady said they would inform me when they moved into the phase where they could start removing braces, but no call. I had to call them!!! It’s a little frustrating when there is no communication."- K.T. / Google / Aug 28, 2020
"Always good service! He’s a really nice guy and so is his staff. I highly recommend him if anyone needs a good orthodontist."- L.M. / Google / Jun 13, 2020
"I can't even tell you how much I miss Dr Ashcraft's office. He is amazing at what he does and his office staff is wonderful. We are dealing with a new orthodontist after moving out of state ... I would give anything to be working with Dr Ashcraft again."- S.D. / Facebook / Jun 08, 2020
Many adult patients choose clear teeth aligners for their orthodontic care because they allow you to avoid the look of traditional approaches, such as metal braces. As a more discreet treatment option, clear aligners may also allow for an expedited treatment process. These appliances are also custom made to fit comfortably in your mouth and can make home care more efficient since they can be removed for brushing and flossing. They also do not require any dietary restrictions since they can be taken out when eating. Individuals who play sports may benefit from clear aligners because unlike traditional braces, there is no real risk for injury to your soft tissue. Clear teeth aligners are typically provided to correct orthodontic issues that include:
- An openbite
- A crossbite
- An underbite
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Turned or rotated teeth
What to Expect
After evaluating your overall oral health, Dr. Ashcraft will be able to better decide if you would benefit from clear teeth aligners. Your custom-made aligners will be created using digital or physical dental impressions, as well as a digital panoramic x-ray of your teeth and jaw. Once they have been created in a dental laboratory, you will come back to our practice so that Dr. Ashcraft can make sure they fit properly.
Throughout your orthodontic treatment, you will receive new sets of trays to continue to shift your smile over time. Each set is typically worn for around two weeks. It is important that you wear your aligners for around 20 hours a day to ensure the best possible results, only removing them for eating, brushing, or flossing.
During your treatment, you will need to continue to attend follow-up appointments at our practice about every 4 – 6 weeks so that your progress can be evaluated. It is also important that you stick to a proper at-home oral care routine and attend regular dental cleanings. Once your teeth have reached their ideal position with your clear aligners, Dr. Ashcraft will be able to provide you with a retainer to ensure that you maintain your new smile. Throughout your treatment, if you misplace or damage one of your aligners, contact our office so that we can replace it for you and you can continue your treatment without any setbacks.
The coverage of your orthodontic care will depend on your insurance provider and your specific plan. Prior to your treatment, a member of our team will contact your insurance company to determine your coverage and out-of-pocket costs. We will also provide you with information on the payment methods we accept and financial planning through CareCredit®.
With clear teeth aligners, you can experience a straighter smile without having to worry about dealing with the appearance of metal braces. Dr. Michael Ashcraft offers this innovative orthodontic care to both teens and adults to allow them to experience a confident, healthy smile. To learn more about clear teeth aligners, contact Ashcraft Orthodontics to schedule a consultation today.