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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): Orthodontics

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At our office, we believe in giving patients the information they need to make educated decisions about their dental health. If you have questions about your care, our practice, or just teeth in general, please let us know! We always want to make sure you feel comfortable and confident getting your care from us.

We’ve collected some of the questions we hear the most often. Take a moment to check and see if your question is answered below. If your question isn’t here or if you want more information, you are always welcome to give us a call at (651) 698-0848 or to send us an email using our convenient form on our Contact page. 


If you have crooked or misaligned teeth, choosing to correct these problems is a good one! Not only will you feel more confident about your smile, but it will be easier to brush and floss productively with an aligned bite and even teeth. Additionally, aligned teeth reduce dental wear and tear.

We offer SureSmile in Saint Paul, MN, to align your bite and straighten your teeth. SureSmile is a system of clear aligner trays worn over the teeth. You wear each one for a week or so before moving on to the next. After treatment, we provide a dental retainer to keep your teeth in line.

If you’re considering SureSmile or already scheduled for orthodontic treatment with us, you may wonder about aligner upkeep. Keeping your aligners clean during treatment is crucial. You want to avoid cavities and dental infections that threaten your oral health or make it difficult to wear your aligners according to schedule. Keeping your aligners clean mitigates risk.

We recommend cleaning your aligners with a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild antibacterial soap. Never use hot or cold water, as these temperatures can damage your aligners. Your dentist can also recommend an appropriate aligner cleaner for you to use.

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Are you ready to arrange an orthodontic consultation? Do you have questions? Give us a call today to get started.

If you already have clear aligners or are considering orthodontics, you may be wondering about upkeep.

Fortunately, taking care of clear aligners like SureSmile or Invisalign in St. Paul, MN is straightforward and adds very little time to your oral hygiene routine.

If you’re unfamiliar with clear aligners, they are orthodontic systems that rely on custom trays that fit snuggly over the teeth. They are virtually invisible and guide your teeth into desired positions across a treatment timeline.

First, your dentist evaluates your teeth to make sure you’re a good candidate.

Then, we take impressions. The results are used to fabricate custom aligners. You wear each aligner according to your dentist’s instructions before moving on to the next.

On average, you should wear your aligner for 22 hours every day, removing them only to eat or clean your teeth.

To clean your aligner, you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush and mild antibacterial soap. You can also talk to your dentist about unique cleaning products like Retainer Brite.

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Straight teeth contribute to improved oral health and a happier outlook. If you would like more information—or if you’re ready to schedule a consultation—give us a call. We’re always excited to help patients achieve their best smiles.

SureSmile in Saint Paul, MN, is a discreet orthodontic system designed for adults. The transparent aligner system eliminates the need for wire and bracket braces and offers a more comfortable alternative to traditional orthodontics.

SureSmile aligners are custom designed to fit over the teeth. You change your aligners on schedule—based on your dentist’s instructions—until you’ve finished your supply. Then, following treatment, we provide a custom retainer to prevent orthodontic relapse—teeth shifting into their former undesirable positions.

SureSmile is similar to Invisalign, giving you an aligned smile without wire braces. Like Invisalign, SureSmile can correct:

  • Overlapping teeth
  • Rotated teeth
  • Teeth that overlap
  • Bite alignment issues
  • Midline discrepancies
  • Teeth that appear bulky
  • Unusual spacing between teeth

Your dentist will let you know, following a consultation, whether SureSmile will correct your orthodontic issues. At this consultation, you’ll also learn how long you’ll need SureSmile and orthodontic costs, and we’ll answer any questions you might have.

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Braces contribute to improved oral health while enhancing smile aesthetics. If you would like further information or if you have questions for our dental team, we encourage you to give us a call today. We look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile!

At Brimhall Dentistry, we offer reliable orthodontic treatment in St. Paul, MN known as clear aligners. Similar to Invisalign, this gentle treatment gradually shifts and rotates your teeth, according to Dr. Nick Schulte's individualized treatment plan for you.

How Do Clear Aligners Work?

Custom-fit clear aligners are incredibly simple and allow for a wide variety of freedom to the wearer. The treatment starts with your first set of clear aligners that fit over your teeth. After two or three weeks, you simply move on to the next set of aligners in your treatment series.

No adjusting of wires and brackets, no constant trips to your St. Paul dentist for realignment. 

The process is super easy. 

Treatment time varies with each patient, and Dr. Schulte will be able to assess your progress over time. 

SureSmile Clear Braces in St. Paul, MN

Our St. Paul, MN orthodontist can girl putting on clear aligners in saint paul mnassess whether this treatment is right for you. SureSmile clear aligners have helped many adults unobtrusively straighten their teeth, from moderate to complex smile issues. 

SureSmile in St. Paul, MN may be able to fix the following issues:

  • Overcrowded teeth
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Spaces between teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Crooked teeth

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One of the best parts of clear aligners in St. Paul, MN is their inconspicuous nature, the fact that they're invisible means patients don't have to fret about traditional metal braces. While metal braces are the best option for certain, severe cases, only a dental professional can determine what options are available for you. 

Call Brimhall Dentistry today to schedule an orthodontic evaluation with our dentist. 

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