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Smile Big with SureSmile Aligners in Bakersfield

SureSmile® clear aligners have helped more than 500,000 patients with crooked teeth. They can help you too!

SureSmile® treatment can give you straight teeth in as little as 6 months—without using any metal wires or brackets!

Many of our SureSmile® patients relate to these scenarios before treatment:

Hiding your smile can be stressful. If you want straight teeth in a shorter time using comfortable aligners, contact McCullough Dental for a consultation.

Hope for Crooked Teeth

We’ve found that some patients who have struggled with crooked teeth for many years might talk a little less, smile without showing teeth in pictures, or feel hesitant in social situations.

We have many patients who’ve been there and have overcome these struggles with SureSmile® orthodontics. Just imagine

  • Being Confident at Work: Wear a stunning new smile to meetings and while giving presentations, asking for a raise, and helping customers.
  • Socializing Better: The self-assurance of knowing your smile is gorgeous can help you meet new people.
  • Better Oral Health: Straight and evenly-spaced teeth are easier to clean.

SureSmile® Aligners: The Fast Track To Straight Teeth

Our patients are excited when they realize they can have straight teeth, avoid metal braces, and finish treatment in just a few months.

SureSmile® treatment is defined by the following:

  • Using No Metal: SureSmile® aligners are made of high-quality, comfortable materials that don’t cut your cheeks.
  • Not Standing Out: SureSmile® trays blend are see-through. You can work, socialize, and study without braces getting in the way.
  • Convenience: You’ll be able to take out your aligners for every meal and easy brushing and flossing.
  • Comfort: SureSmile® treatment doesn’t need tightening! Each aligner applies precise, steady pressure that moves teeth.

See What Our Patients Have to Say:

(The) front office, the dental assistants, and the doctor are all professional and did a wonderful job. I will recommend this dental office to anyone I talk to. – Anthony D.

Clear Aligners at McCullough Dental

Dr. McCullough is passionate about cosmetic dentistry and orthodontics. He’ll put all his training and state-of-the-art technology to work for you. Be free of crooked teeth, and get new confidence in everything you do. Contact us to get started on SureSmile® aligners today!

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Reasons To Get SureSmile® Aligners

Reasons To Get SureSmile® Aligners

What Are SureSmile® Clear Aligners?

Straight teeth have never been easier! SureSmile® aligners are flexible plastic trays that fit your teeth perfectly. They are designed to apply slight pressure that will gradually move your teeth into the desired position. They’re removable, comfortable, and — even better — they’re invisible!

Get your teeth straightened faster with SureSmile® treatment. Instead of taking 2 years like traditional braces do, SureSmile® aligners can be done in as little as 6 months! They’re the perfect way to get the smile of your dreams.

How Do SureSmile® Clear Braces Work?

SureSmile® braces are a clear aligner treatment that works by channeling the teeth into a straighter smile. It works similarly to braces but it does not have brackets or wires, instead, it uses a clear retainer that is updated and changed every few weeks to give you a smooth transition with minimal pain.

SureSmile® aligners are removable, so you will have no problem eating your favorite foods. Brushing and flossing your teeth is easier! The aligners will be customized to your mouth. SureSmile® braces replace crooked teeth with a straight smile.

SureSmile® Clear Braces Can Give You a New Bite

An unhealthy bite can cause your teeth to wear down more quickly. SureSmile® treatment can correct:

  • Overbites: The top teeth overlap the bottom teeth more than they should. SureSmile® aligners gradually move mild overbites into an ideal position.
  • Underbites: If your bottom teeth rest in front of your top teeth, a bite correction can improve the beauty of your smile, the shape of your face, the way you talk, and more.
  • Crossbites: In this bite issue, the teeth look random and crooked. Some bottom teeth are in front, and some top teeth are.

SureSmile® vs Traditional Braces

Both of these treatments are made to correct crooked teeth but they differ in how they do it.

SureSmile® clear braces align the teeth to the desired position. Since the aligners cover the entire tooth and are fully customized they allow for a faster and smoother transition.

Braces use brackets and wires to straighten your teeth. The wires eventually become thicker to strengthen the pull of your teeth into the desired alignment. SureSmile® aligners are removable but braces are only taken off once the treatment is completed.

SureSmile® Orthodontics Works for Teens and Adults

SureSmile®clear braces work for teens or adults. Here’s why clear aligners are perfect for adults and teens:

  • Are Convenient: You don’t have to change your routine. Just put in your aligners and forget about them.
  • Protect Your Confidence: You won’t have any metal brackets glinting in a video conference or photo. Your smile will look natural and won’t be a distraction.
  • Work Quickly: You may start to see the first results from your aligners within a few weeks of starting treatment. The whole treatment might be over in as little as six months.

SureSmile® Results

SureSmile® clear aligners will correct crooked, overcrowded, and misaligned teeth to give you a straight and appealing smile. They will also correct your bite to help with chewing and digestion. The smooth transition the aligners provide will keep your gums happy and protect your teeth from cavities caused by gaps in the teeth.

In addition to a beautifully aligned smile, with a corrected bite, eating will be easy and painless, now that you can chew your food comfortably. SureSmile® clear braces have quick, stunning, and long-lasting results.

SureSmile® Treatment Lasts a Long Time

Similar to braces, SureSmile® treatment is long-lasting and can last for the rest of your life with proper care. When you complete the treatment, you will receive a retainer that you should wear as instructed by the dentist.

The benefit of SureSmile® aligners compared to braces is that since they cover the entire tooth it moves the root along with the teeth to give you a longer-lasting alignment than typical braces. As long as you wear your retainer as recommended by your dentist, you should have straight teeth for the rest of your life.

SureSmile® After Braces

You may be wondering if you can still get SureSmile® treatment after having braces. If you did not wear your retainer as instructed by your orthodontist then your teeth might have shifted since your brace. Nothing is holding you back from receiving SureSmile® aligners after you have had braces. They can help get your smile back.

A lot of people prefer SureSmile® clear aligners after having braces because it is a quick and natural-looking treatment to correct your bite and small issues that formed since getting braces.

SureSmile® Braces Are Superior To Traditional Braces

For children, metal braces may work better to solve orthodontic issues. But most teens and adults would rather avoid metal brackets and wires.

With clear aligners, you get to wear something almost invisible that doesn’t have metal brackets glued to your teeth. Metal brackets and wires are distracting in a lot of situations, but SureSmile® aligners eliminate embarrassment by being nearly invisible.

Metal braces have to be tightened, which can be painful. SureSmile® aligners are each precisely planned to apply gentle pressure to teeth without pain.

Choosing a SureSmile® Dentist

Look for a dental office that will consider your goals when creating your treatment plan and customizing it to your needs. The dentist you choose should have the advanced technology required for creating the aligners so you can have a smooth transition between aligners.

In addition to advanced technology, you want to have an experienced dental team that knows what it’s doing and cares about giving the patient great results. You might want to consult with multiple dental offices to ensure you get a wonderful smile.

What Should You Expect? Here’s the SureSmile® Process


To make sure that this is the right treatment for you, we’ll give you an exam invloving:

  • An Examination: We check your tooth, gum, and jaw health to make sure you’re ready for treatment.
  • History Review: We search your medical and dental history for any issues we need to work around or that could stop treatment.
  • Scans: We use state-of-the-art scanners to create a 3D model of your smile and a treatment plan.

Aligner Creation

We’ll send your personalized plan and aligner designs to SureSmile® laboratories. Experts will check over the plans and use 3D printers to create your aligners.

Your series of aligners will be created to move your teeth quickly along optimized routes toward your dream smile.

We’ll call you in for a quick appointment when your aligners are ready and give you instructions on how to wear them and care for them.

Keeping Your Aligners Day and Night

To get great results, you’ll wear your aligners 20–22 hours per day, including during the following activities:

  • Work.
  • Talking.
  • Sleeping.
  • Family pictures.
  • Exercise (even during sports).

You should take them out to eat and to clean your teeth—that’s part of what makes SureSmile® aligners so great!

Keeping your aligners in is crucial to a successful treatment, so make sure you’re keeping them in as much as possible.

Switch Aligners (Follow the Schedule)

We plan your series of aligners using advanced software. This will give you an amazing new smile fast—as long as you switch to the next aligner set in the series on schedule.

We’ll give you a simple schedule to follow. On the right day, you’ll grab the clearly-marked new pair of aligners and start using them instead. Simple! We’ll also give you a checkup now and then to make sure that you’re progressing as planned.

Wear Your Retainer

Retainers are necessary if you want your new smile to last. You’ve done so well keeping your aligners in, don’t waste that by not wearing a retainer!

You wear retainers at night. Place your retainers on your bathroom counter so you remember to put them on after you brush your teeth.

Retainers help you keep your new smile for life. Let’s lock it in place, so you never lose what you worked for.

SureSmile® Results

The quickest way to see what results you’ve received from your SureSmile® treatment is by looking at your before and after photographs.

Before you get SureSmile® clear braces, you may have crooked teeth or an abnormal bite, but after the treatment, all of your cosmetic and functional issues should be corrected. You can expect long-lasting results from the treatment if you wear your retainer as instructed.

Common SureSmile® Questions

Keep in mind that not everyone is an ideal candidate for the SureSmile® system. If a different treatment is better for you, we’ll recommend it. Here’s what makes a good candidate:

  • Space in your schedule for occasional checkups.
  • Motivation to wear clear aligners about 20–22 hours a day.
  • Fair overall health, although we can work around certain health issues.
  • Generally healthy teeth and gums.
  • Your dental and health records.

SureSmile® treatment has fewer side effects than braces, but they have one main side effect in common and that is pain or discomfort. When your teeth are shifting to become straighter you can assume that there will be discomfort, this can be easily mediated with pain medicine and an ice pack.

It may be uncomfortable to put the aligners on after a while of being off so make sure to wear them as much as you can.

Some SureSmile® treatments take 6 months. Others take up to 18 months. Treatment time depends on the nature of your case and how often you wear the aligners. You can also expect:

  • About 2–4 weeks between your scans and getting your first pair of aligners.
  • A week or two wearing each set of aligners.
  • Checkups, which may come once every couple of months.

Extremely crowded or separated teeth may require longer treatments.

We expect your SureSmile® treatment to last the rest of your life with the help of your custom retainers.

To get to that point, you need to build some new habits:

  • Set reminders on your phone or a wall calendar.
  • Put your aligners back in after you finish eating.
  • Keep your box of aligners on your bathroom counter.
  • Make rinsing out your aligners part of your dental hygiene routine.
  • Brush your teeth multiple times a day.

SureSmile® treatment is similar to Invisalign. They both offer faster, more comfortable orthodontic treatment. They are both nearly invisible. And, they are both removable. The main differences are in the additional services offered to speed up the process. SureSmile® treatment may include the SureSmile® VPro™ and Invisalign could include SmartForce® Attachments. These accessories shorten treatment time differently.

Because dentists have had great success with clear aligners, some companies now offer clear aligners through the mail. We recommend you avoid mail-order clear aligners for these reasons:

  • It’s easy to get an inaccurate impression of your teeth when you do it yourself.
  • You don’t get a dedicated dentist like Dr. McCullough on your case.
  • You don’t get high-resolution 3D scans of your teeth with mail-order aligners.

Every SureSmile® case is different. At your initial consultation, we’ll plan your treatment and quote you an exact fee.

Orthodontics is a long-term investment. You’ll get to keep this smile for the rest of your life.

Our most important financial policy at McCullough Dental is to keep our fees as reasonable and comparable as possible. We’ll even bill your insurance on your behalf and help you get the maximum benefits.

Schedule a SureSmile® Consultation Today

SureSmile® braces can reshape your smile with discreet aligners. Make an appointment with McCullough Dental today. You’ll get a SureSmile® consultation and exam, professional recommendations, and a caring, friendly team. Let’s get you your dream smile as soon as possible.

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