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Clear Aligners Specialist

Lester  Martinez, DDS -  - Cosmetic Dentist

Lester Martinez, DDS

Cosmetic Dentist & General Dentist located in San Jose, CA

If you have crowded or crooked teeth or a misaligned jaw, clear aligners can restore balance to your smile, boosting your confidence and self-esteem. At his practice in San Jose, California, Lester Martinez, DDS, and his bilingual team use clear aligners by OrthoFX™ to help adults achieve beautiful, symmetrical smiles. To schedule an appointment, call the office or book online today.

Clear Aligners Q&A

What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are an advanced form of orthodontic treatment. Instead of using rubber bands, wires, and brackets like traditional metal braces, they use a next-generation polymer called FXTetra™. FXTetra is free of all chemicals, including BPA and BPS, making it safe for both pregnant women and people with allergies.

Clear aligners place slight pressure on your teeth and alveolar bone. Over time, this helps your teeth move into the proper position, improving your oral health and confidence.

What types of problems can clear aligners correct?

Dr. Martinez typically uses clear aligners to correct mild or moderate orthodontic issues, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Underbite
  • Overbite
  • Open bite

You might also benefit from clear aligners if you have noticeable gaps or spaces between your teeth.

How does orthodontic treatment with clear aligners work?

Orthodontic treatment with clear aligners begins with a comprehensive in-office consultation. During your appointment, Dr. Martinez uses a specialized 3D scanning technology to map out the position of your teeth. He sends your scans to a dental laboratory that manufactures a custom set of clear aligners. 

The clear aligners fit snugly over your teeth, applying gentle pressure to encourage movement over time. You return to Dr. Martinez’s office every six to eight weeks during treatment. At each appointment, he observes your progress and makes adjustments as necessary.

Does orthodontic treatment with clear aligners take a long time?

The length of time you wear clear aligners depends on your oral health history and your treatment goals. Most people achieve a straight, healthy smile in just 6-12 months*. More serious alignment issues can take up to 18 months. 

To achieve the best possible results, follow Dr. Martinez’s instructions carefully, and wear your aligners for the prescribed 20-22 hours each day.

Are clear aligners comfortable?

Clear aligners are comfortable and usually well-tolerated. OrthoFX aligners are made of three different polymers and feature an elastomeric layer in the middle. This flexible, cushion-like material only places slight pressure on your teeth, ensuring your comfort throughout treatment.

During the first week of orthodontic treatment, it’s normal to experience mild pressure and increased tooth sensitivity. If the discomfort persists, reach out to Dr. Martinez right away. 

To see if you qualify for orthodontic treatment with clear aligners, schedule an appointment at the practice of Lester Martinez DDS. Book a consultation online, or call the office today. Spanish-speaking team members are available. 

*Individual results may vary