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Gilreath Clear Aligners Marietta, GA

Gilreath Clear Aligners

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Clear Aligner Therapy or “CAT”. Clear Aligners Therapy (CAT) has gotten a lot of attention over the past 5 years, primarily due to Invisalign’s huge marketing budget. They are the most common CAT brand. Dr. Gilreath provides Invisalign as well as our own Gilreath Clear Aligners as services to our patients. They are both great services and both can produce incredible results.

What is Clear Aligner Therapy?

CAT is the process of moving teeth using a series of digitally designed custom made plastic trays that are worn around the clock (except when brushing and eating). They provide light but constant forces on the teeth, allowing them to push teeth into the proper positions without using brackets and wires. The concept of moving teeth with plastic trays has been around since 1971, but not until digital technology advanced in dentistry, was the procedure quick, easy and predictable.

Why choose Clear Aligner Therapy over Traditional Braces?

There are several reasons you may want to choose treatment with clear aligners:

  • You don’t want to show metal in your mouth with traditional braces.
  • You want to remove the appliances when eating and brushing.
  • You want to be able to remove the appliances in social situations, like for a date or a job interview.
  • You are afraid of the potential permanent staining of your teeth that can happen if you are not an avid cleaner around brackets.

When is Invisalign not Invisalign?

Have you heard of Kleenex? Of course you have. Kleenex is a brand of bathroom tissues. We could say, “can you hand me a tissue?” but we just as often say “Can you hand me a Kleenex?” How about cotton swab vs Qtip? Most often we say “Q-tip” regardless of whether you are using that brand or a generic brand. The reason for these examples is the brand name has become synonymous with the product type. This is the same with Invisalign. Invisalign is a brand name of a type of Clear Aligner Therapy. But there’s also Clear Correct, Smile Direct Club and many more.
So, when someone says they want Invisalign, are they asking for the Invisalign CAT brand or are they only asking for Clear Aligner Therapy? It depends on the person. Invisalign is the most expensive brand of CAT available solely because of the high lab bill dentists have to pay per case. The manufacturers of Invisalign have put in a lot of time and money into research and development of moving teeth with clear aligners. However, in the majority of cases, an excellent result can be achieved with our in-house Gilreath Clear Aligner system and there are advantages to using this system.

  • The initial process is much quicker, often just days.
  • Often, we don’t have to use attachments on teeth
  • If you get off track, it is easy to get you back on track again quickly.
  • If a tray is lost, we can get you a replacement quickly, usually within one day AND we don’t charge you for the tray.
  • It is less expensive than Invisalign.

When to use Invisalign instead of GCA?

If GCA treatment has all those advantages over Invisalign, why not use it for every case? In 80-85% of cases, GCA will achieve the exact incredible results as Invisalign. However, there are some cases, for which Invisalign is more appropriate. These causes are typically ones that involve very difficult tooth movements and bite issues. The primary reason for this is the use of various attachments that Invisalign uses on teeth for difficult movements. Dr. Gilreath can let you know which treatment approach is better for your particular situation. Likewise, even if you are a great candidate for GCA, if you want the Invisalign brand, we are happy to provide you with that service.

What about Do it Yourself ortho?

As a final note, It goes without saying that Dr. Gilreath nor Gilreath Family Dentistry, does not recommend ANY products on the market designed to straighten your teeth at home without oversight from a dental professional.
This is dangerous on so many levels and we discourage you from pursuing this option. The potential for damage to your teeth and bite is significant. There have been many cases in which people doing home treatment lost teeth, killed the nerve in some teeth, made their bite worse, got “TMJ” issues etc. We don’t think it’s worth getting into these troubles, just to save a few hundred dollars!

To find out more about Gilreath Clear Aligner treatment, please contact us for a no-cost, no obligation consultation.

Our Client Reviews

4.9 / 5.0

Based on 103 reviews

Susan

Dr. Gilreath is incredible with my kids. They love going to the dentist now! And this busy mom loves the warm neck wraps, the soft music and enjoying a latte while I relax!

Kenneth H.

Was lucky enough to find these guys when I got insurance that my old dentist did not take. Very professional and friendly staff! Office has the latest greatest technology as well. If you're looking for a new dentist, search no further!

Susie L.

Very personable and friendly, they took the time to go over my complex dental history and did not pressure me into anything. They gave their recommendations and priced out any options I had. Great group!

Camille Y.

Dr. Gilreath and his staff are top notch. I received the best cleaning I've ever had while watching my favorite show. The Doctor and his staff were all very polite, friendly, and courteous. They explained everything to me clearly and presented me with options in a gentle way that didn't make me feel pressured at all. It's obvious they really care about the wellbeing of their patients. The facility and equipment is really nice as well. I will definitely be back!

Juan R.

Always willing to work around my kids and my schedules. Today I had a long appointment. They started on time and always made sure I was comfortable and that the pain was managed so the procedure could’ve been completed without issues. Very courteous and professional staff.

Lucia B.

Awesome dental practice! The staff is friendly and efficient. Dr. Gilreath is thorough and versed in the latest technology and procedures. I love that he can make crowns in the office while you wait (so no walking around with a temporary crown for days or weeks). I would strongly recommend this dental practice!

Matthew W.

I've been going here for about a little over a year now. I've had a few cleanings, a filling, and started Invisiline so far. Hands down, the best run dental office I've ever been to. In the past at other dental offices I often had to wait 30 or more minutes beyond my appointment time before being seen. At Dr. Gilreath's office I've been seen on time every time. They seem to have systems in place to make every part of your visit run smoothly. From how they took x-rays, to billing and appointments, to the work done by the hygienist/dentist, everything seems to run like a well oiled machine. On top of that all the staff are all friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. The office space itself is also quite nice. Very clean, well maintained, and seems very "up to date" with their equipment. If you're looking for a dentist and are anywhere in the northwest metro area I would highly recommend Dr. Gilreath.

Jhion R.

The staff is always so courteous and personable. They make us feel like family every time we have an appointment. Service is excellent, too. My wife recently went for a cleaning and Dr. Gilreath noticed a chip in one of her fillings. He knew we recently had another baby and that her time was very limited so he went ahead and did the filling right then and there, an extra thirty minutes tops. Dr. Gilreath is always looking at the big picture and really knows his stuff. We will never go anywhere else

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Gilreath Family Dentistry

200 White St NW
Marietta, GA, 30060

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