How Do Clear Aligners Straighten Teeth?

Ever wondered how clear aligners can transform your smile without anyone noticing? At Jensen Orthodontic Arts, Dr. Jensen utilizes these sleek, nearly invisible devices to straighten teeth effectively and discreetly. In this blog, we’ll uncover the fascinating process behind clear aligners and how they work their magic. Let’s start by understanding what clear aligners are and why they might be the ideal solution for your orthodontic needs.

What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are custom-made, transparent trays that fit snugly over your teeth, gradually shifting them into the desired position. Unlike traditional metal braces, these aligners are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. Here’s a closer look at the components and benefits of clear aligners:


Components of Clear Aligners:

  • Material: Made from durable, medical-grade plastic.
  • Custom Fit: Each set is tailored to your teeth using advanced 3D imaging technology.
  • Series of Trays: You’ll receive a series of aligners, each designed to make slight adjustments to the position of your teeth.


Benefits of Clear Aligners:

  • Discreet Appearance: Nearly invisible, making them a popular choice for adults and teens.
  • Comfortable: Smooth plastic reduces the chance of irritation compared to metal braces.
  • Convenient: Removable for eating and cleaning, making oral hygiene easier to maintain.

Understanding the basics of clear aligners sets the stage for exploring how they work to straighten teeth over time. Next, we’ll break down the step-by-step process involved in clear aligner treatment.

The Clear Aligner Treatment Process

The path to a straighter smile with clear aligners involves several well-planned steps. At Jensen Orthodontic Arts, Dr. Jensen and our team ensure each phase is tailored to your needs, making the treatment both effective and comfortable. Here’s a streamlined overview of the process:

  • Initial Consultation:
    • Evaluation: Dr. Jensen assesses your teeth and discusses your orthodontic goals.
    • Planning: A comprehensive treatment plan is created, detailing each stage of the process.

  • Digital Imaging and Impressions:
    • 3D Scanning: Advanced digital scanners create a precise 3D image of your teeth.
    • Custom Impressions: Ensure aligners fit perfectly and work effectively.

  • Custom Aligner Creation:
    • Personalized Aligners: Using the 3D model, a series of custom aligners are crafted to move your teeth incrementally.
    • Aligner Sets: Each aligner is typically worn for one to two weeks before progressing to the next.

  • Wearing the Aligners:
    • Daily Use: Wear aligners 20-22 hours per day, only removing them for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.
    • Regular Check-ups: Routine visits to Jensen Orthodontic Arts to monitor progress and make any necessary adjustments.

  • Completion and Retention:
    • Final Adjustments: Minor adjustments will help perfect your smile once the treatment is complete.
    • Retainers: Provided to maintain the new position of your teeth and prevent shifting.

With each step carefully managed, the clear aligner process ensures a smooth and efficient path to a straighter smile. Next, we’ll explore how clear aligners actually work to move your teeth over time.

How Clear Aligners Move Your Teeth

Clear aligners straighten teeth using a simple yet effective process. Here’s a straightforward look at how they work:

  • Gentle Pressure: The aligners apply gentle pressure to your teeth. Each aligner is crafted to move specific teeth in small increments.
  • Series of Aligners: As you progress through a series of aligners, each slightly different from the last, your teeth gradually shift into their desired positions. You’ll typically switch to a new aligner every one to two weeks.
  • Bone Remodeling: The pressure from the aligners prompts cells in your jawbone to break down and build up, making space for teeth to move. 
  • Custom-Made Aligners: Aligners are custom-made using digital scans of your teeth, ensuring a perfect fit. 

With this understanding of how clear aligners work, it’s easy to see why they are a popular choice. Now, let’s dive into the benefits of using clear aligners over traditional braces.

How Do Clear Aligners Straighten Teeth?

The Benefits of Clear Aligners

Clear aligners offer numerous advantages over traditional braces, making them a popular choice for many. Here’s why Dr. Jensen at Jensen Orthodontic Arts recommends them:

Nearly Invisible

Clear aligners are transparent, making them less noticeable than metal braces. This is a big plus for those who want to straighten their teeth without drawing attention to their orthodontic treatment.


You can take out your aligners to eat, drink, brush, and floss. This means you can enjoy your favorite foods without restrictions and maintain your regular oral hygiene routine without any hassle.


Made from smooth plastic, clear aligners are comfortable to wear. There are no metal brackets or wires to cause irritation in your mouth.

Fewer Orthodontist Visits

With clear aligners, you typically need fewer visits to your orthodontist compared to traditional braces. The aligners are pre-made for each stage of your treatment, so there’s no need for frequent adjustments.

Predictable Results

Digital planning and 3D imaging ensure that your treatment plan is precise and predictable. You can even see a digital preview of your future smile before you start.

These benefits make clear aligners a convenient and effective choice for many patients at Jensen Orthodontic Arts. Up next, let’s discuss how to care for your aligners to ensure the best results.

Caring for Your Clear Aligners

Maintaining your clear aligners is crucial for effective treatment. Dr. Jensen at Jensen Orthodontic Arts recommends these simple steps:

  • Clean Regularly: Brush your aligners gently with a soft toothbrush and mild soap. Avoid using toothpaste, as it can scratch the plastic.
  • Rinse After Removal: Always rinse your aligners with cool water after taking them out to keep them free from saliva and bacteria.
  • Proper Storage: When not in use, store your aligners in their protective case to prevent damage and contamination.

By following these care tips, you’ll ensure your aligners remain clean and functional throughout your treatment!

How Do Clear Aligners Straighten Teeth?

Smiles Aligned with Jensen Orthodontic Arts

From the comfort of clear aligners to the advanced technology guiding your treatment, achieving a straighter smile has never been easier. At Jensen Orthodontic Arts, Dr. Jensen and our dedicated team are here to support you every step of the way. 

Don’t wait—schedule your free consultation today at our McKinney office and take the first step towards the smile you’ve always wanted. Your perfect smile is just an aligner away!