Achieve Straight Smile with Clear Aligners in Upland & Rancho Cucamonga

Having straight teeth can make caring for your oral health easier and improve your overall confidence. Clear aligners are a modern and effective orthodontic solution for correcting misaligned teeth. At Smileneeds Dental, we offer two innovative systems, Spark™ and Invisalign®, to gently straighten your teeth without the need for metal brackets and wires.

If you have crooked, crowded, or misaligned teeth, treatment with clear aligners from our experienced team could be your solution. Led by Dr. Mariano Castro, our team is committed to helping you achieve the smile of your dreams with compassionate, patient-focused care that will make you feel at home. Our family-oriented office can start using clear aligners to treat patients as young as ten years old. If you are looking for clear aligners in Upland that can help transform your smile, schedule an appointment with Smileneeds Dental today!


What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners use a series of custom-made trays to straighten your smile. They apply gentle pressure to specific areas of the teeth to guide them into the desired position. The trays are made from durable BPA-free plastic and are customized for a comfortable fit and nearly invisible appearance. Clear aligners are also removable, making eating and caring for oral health easier.

Every patient's smile is unique, but clear aligners can typically treat a variety of mild to moderate bite issues, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

Dr. Castro believes that a straight smile is essential to making it easier to maintain your oral health for many years. By working on aligning your bite, we can reduce the risk of gum disease, tooth decay, and other dental issues.

Our Treatment Process

Person in a blue shirt holding a set of clear aligners

When you visit our office, you can expect us to walk you through every step of the treatment process and honestly assess what kind of care you need to reach your goals. Dr. Castro handles most cases for treatment with clear aligners, but we will refer you to a trusted orthodontic specialist for particularly complex cases requiring specialized care.

First, we will schedule a consultation to thoroughly evaluate your oral health, which may include x-rays and digital 3D models, to help craft your treatment plan. We will also take the time to explain the two options for clear aligners that we offer, Spark and Invisalign, and help determine which one is best for your unique situation.

Once we determine whether you are a good fit for one of these systems, we will take accurate digital impressions and measurements of your smile and send them to a lab to create your clear aligners. Once we receive your first set of aligners, we will ensure they fit comfortably and give you more guidelines for what to expect. Typically, each tray is worn for two weeks before moving on to the next in the series.

Throughout the process, we will schedule regular check-ins to track your progress and make any necessary adjustments to your plan. Treatment time can vary depending on your unique case, but it typically takes 6-18 months. Our team values building a lasting relationship with you during this time and will continue to care for your newly straightened smile whether you need other types of treatment or continued routine dental care.

How Will Clear Aligners Fit My Lifestyle?

Clear aligners have a variety of benefits and can seamlessly integrate into your daily life and dental routines. Our team will also be right by your side throughout treatment and is available to answer questions or address concerns as they come up. Here are some of the essential guidelines you can expect to follow during treatment:

  1. Wear your aligners consistently: For treatment success, it is important to wear your aligners for 22 hours per day. If you wear them for less time, it may delay or reverse your treatment progress.
  2. Remove before eating or drinking: Because clear aligners are removable, there are no restrictions on what you can eat and drink. However, to prevent staining or damaging your aligners, you must remove them whenever you eat or drink anything besides water. You should also rinse them with lukewarm water before putting them back in.
  3. Keep your aligners clean and safe: To keep your aligners bacteria and stain-free, you should clean them daily with a soft-bristle toothbrush and a mild cleanser. When you aren't wearing them, store your aligners in a safe place, such as their case, to avoid misplacing them.
  4. Maintain good oral hygiene: Brush your teeth after every meal before putting your aligners back in. If food particles are trapped between your teeth and aligners, it can cause rapid tooth decay and stain your aligners. Regular brushing and flossing are essential to maintaining good dental health and preventing complications that could slow progress.

Your Upland Dentist for Clear Aligners

The straighter smile you have always desired could be within reach without the look of traditional metal braces. Smileneeds Dental is passionate about using clear aligners to help straighten your teeth, leading to a healthier and more beautiful smile. Clear aligners have a comfortable and discreet design that makes it easy to integrate them into your daily life. If you're ready to straighten your smile in Upland, then Dr. Castro can help. With his skills and years of experience, he can help you achieve the smile of your dreams. Call our office to schedule your consultation today!