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Clear Aligners

Are you tired of covering your mouth when you smile? Do you find yourself wondering if people notice the gap in your teeth? 

Clear aligners are an effective and discreet treatment for getting your teeth in line.

Through Bioline™ clear aligners, Dr. Andrew Lunn and his Chattanooga, TN team can give you a smile you'll be proud to show off.

A Covert Way To Get You Your Dream Smile

Clear aligners are thin, plastic trays your dentist or orthodontist designs to fit snuggly over your teeth. They work in the same way as traditional metal braces by applying light but constant pressure allowing your teeth to shift and straighten. They are a great advancement in orthodontics as many people prefer them over braces.
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Clear Aligners Versus Metal Braces

Clear Aligners

  • Nearly transparent
  • Removable
  • Comfortable
  • Easy to brush and floss
  • No brackets or wires

Metal Braces

  • Very noticeable
  • Only removable by a dentist or orthodontist
  • Uncomfortable
  • Difficult to complete your daily dental care routine
  • Brackets and wires that sometimes need immediate repair

A study published by The Angle Orthodontist found that clear aligners on average have a shorter treatment time than traditional metal braces.

What Is Bioliner?

Similar to Invisalign® and other transparent aligner treatments, Bioliner straightens your teeth through the use of clear, thin plastic trays. It is an affordable orthodontic treatment used to correct minor to moderate tooth and jaw misalignment or spacing. Developed by Five Star Orthodontic Lab and Supply, Bioliner can adjust a patient's bite in half the amount of time as other orthodontic procedures. This makes it a preferred option for many patients.

Bioliner

Bioliner Versus Invisalign What's The Difference?

The two aligners are very similar. They both fix misalignment issues of the teeth and jaw without the burden of braces. However, there are a couple of key differences between Invisalign and Bioliner that might sway a patient towards one treatment over another.

Bioliner

  • Economical: These aligners are more cost-effective than Invisalign 
  • Nearly Invisible: Although these aligner trays are clear, they are made with a denser, less opaque plastic than competitor aligners.

Invisalign

  • Less budget-friendly: Invisalign is a less affordable option than Bioliner and traditional braces.
  • Truly Invisible: Most people will not be able to tell when you are wearing these aligners.

Are Clear Aligners Right For Me?

While clear aligners are a great treatment option in orthodontics, they may not be right for everyone. It is important to speak with your dentist to see if your teeth can benefit from the aligners. Patients with minor overcrowding or gaps, or those who want to prevent their teeth from shifting are generally great candidates for clear aligners. Only your dentist can give you the best advice on which treatment is right for you.

Smile With Pride Contact Our Chattanooga, TN Office Today

Since opening his practice in 1996, Dr. Lunn continues his dental education by staying current on all of the latest developments in sedation dentistry, cosmetic advancements, and more. Dr. Lunn and his Chattanooga team of dental professionals would be proud to straighten your smile. Go online to send us a message or request a consultation. Call our Chatanooga, TN, office today to schedule your consultation.

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Steps To Getting A Straighter Smile

"The first step is always to meet with your dentist to see if clear aligners are a good treatment for you"

What To Expect

"The first step is always to meet with your dentist to see if clear aligners are a good treatment for you"

X-Rays

After an oral exam, your dentist will take x-rays and photos of your head and mouth.

Impressions

Your dentist will take impressions of your teeth. The combination of x-rays, photos, and impressions will allow your dentist to plan your treatment.

Receive Aligners

Your aligners should be worn except while eating, drinking, or brushing your teeth. Be sure to follow your dentist or orthodontist's instructions on when and how long to wear them.

Follow-Up Appointments

You will come back to the office for an updated fitting each time the clear aligners need to be replaced, typically once every few weeks.

After Care

Just like braces, after your teeth have reached the optimal position, you will need to wear a retainer to ensure your teeth stay in alignment. 

Do's And Don'ts While Wearing Your Clear Aligners

Do

  • Brush at least twice a day and floss daily
  • Brush your teeth after you consume a sugary or acidic drink
  • Use toothpaste with fluoride
  • Keep your aligners in place

Don't

  • Skip cleaning your aligners
  • Consume sugary drinks while wearing your aligners
  • Put your aligners in your pocket or purse
  • Take the aligners out when they become uncomfortable

Take Control Of Your Oral Health Misalignment Can Cause Severe Issues

When left untreated, twisted, crowded, and overlapping teeth can severely compromise your oral health. These conditions can make it more difficult to clean your teeth, leading to plaque buildup, decay, and gum disease. Eventually, you could experience tooth and even bone loss. Misalignment can also lead to temporomandibular (TMJ) disorder and other issues with the jaw. Aligners are a fast, easy way to help prevent these orthodontic issues from happening.
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Problem Solved You've Got Your Aligners, Now How Do You Care For Them?

Always follow your dentist's instructions on caring for your aligners, but below are three tips on what to do.

Always rinse with water after you remove your aligners: Our mouths don't just contain the food we eat, but they are also home to bacteria. Rinsing your aligners each time you remove them helps to get rid of the unwanted bacteria, so it doesn't sit directly in your aligners or on your teeth when you reinsert them.

Do not use toothpaste directly on your aligners: Not only can toothpaste be harsh on the plastic, but your toothbrush can scrape your aligners making them less comfortable to wear. Mouthwash or denture toothpaste is a great way to keep them clean.

Only use warm water when cleaning or rinsing your aligners: Since they are made of plastic which expands and contracts in extreme temperatures, it is best to only use room temperature water during cleaning and rinsing.

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Dr. Lunn and his employees are super fantastic, knowledgeable and extremely friendly! They make their clients feel very comfortable and welcome. Always a good experience!!

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Dr. Lunn and his staff are FANTASTIC! I have always dreaded going to the dentist, but this has been the best experience and cleaning I have ever had. Absolutely no pain, no judgment, and Winston is the best office therapy dog EVER!

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Can Bioliners Help If I Already Have TMJ?

TMJ is painful, and clear aligners are a great orthodontic treatment that can offer some relief. Dr. Lunn can assist patients with mild to moderate TMJ disorder. He has trained with one of the South's leading TMJ experts and continues his education alongside an acclaimed dental expert in Chattanooga, TN. They are working to develop pain-free treatments to assist patients suffering from TMJ to regain the full function of their smiles. Dr. Lunn and the whole Chattanooga, TN, staff is proud to offer personalized, well-rounded, and long-term orthodontic care to their TMJ patients.

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Chattanooga Family Dentistry

Dr. Andrew Lunn is a highly trained general, restorative, cosmetic, and implant dentist who has completed hundreds of hours of training in order to provide his patients with the most advanced care. He is a member of several prestigious organizations:

  • American Dental Association
  • American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry
  • American Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • Tennessee Dental Society of Anesthesiology
  • American Academy of Implant Dentistry
  • Tennessee Dental Association
  • Chattanooga Area Dental Association

To schedule an appointment at our family-friendly dental practice, request a consultation online or call us at (423) 553-8858.

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