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Clear Aligners

Do you dream of straightening crooked or gapped teeth, but don't want the hassle of metal braces?

Clear aligners are an orthodontic alternative that straightens your teeth using smooth, clear, and removable aligner trays.

Dr. Frederick Hoffer and Dr. Douglas Stilson in Redlands, CA, can give you the smile of your dreams with SureSmile® aligners.

Misalignment Concerns Are the Norm in the United States

If you're struggling with misalignment concerns, you're struggling alongside the majority of Americans. Focusing on the mandibular incisors, or bottom front teeth, surveys have estimated that:
only 35% of adults have proper alignment of their mandibular incisors
Stand out from the pack with a smile you feel confident showing off, thanks to SureSmile clear aligners. 

Braces vs. SureSmile Clear Aligners

There are many benefits to choosing SureSmile aligners over traditional metal braces, including:

Inconspicuous Treatment

SureSmile uses clear trays instead of metal wires and brackets. Unlike conspicuous metal braces, clear aligners are virtually undetectable when worn.

Easier Maintenance

Because the aligner trays are removable, it is easier to maintain your oral health while undergoing treatment, as there are no wires or brackets to brush around. 

No Diet Restrictions

There are no diet restrictions with orthodontic aligners, because you remove the clear aligners before eating. Popcorn, nuts, bagels, and more are all safe to eat during treatment. 

Faster Treatment

On average, orthodontic treatment with clear aligners is faster than traditional braces. 

The SureSmile Difference
Why We Prefer It Over Invisalign

SureSmile clear aligners are quite comparable to the popular clear aligner brand, Invisalign. However, one aspect of SureSmile treatment that stands apart from other clear aligner treatments, such as Invisalign®, is the unique SureSmile VPro™ Vibration Device. Gentle vibrations are delivered with this device, which in turn help ease discomfort and encourage your aligners to fit properly into place. Studies have found that five minutes of daily vibrational therapy leads to a noteworthy decrease in treatment timelines. Vibrational therapy can help you align your treatment time closer to the goals initially set out by your dentist. 

The VPro device also led to an increase in levels of cytokines, which can help facilitate orthodontic tooth movement and lower the levels of pain and discomfort during your treatment. The VPro device is just one of the ways that SureSmile stands out in the orthodontic world as an effective and transformative treatment for patients struggling with tooth misalignment.  

Do you live in Highland, Loma Linda, or close by? Learn more about SureSmile and the VPro Vibration Device when you visit our Redlands dental office for a comprehensive orthodontics consultation. Call our office or request a consultation online to get started:

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Colleen Davis

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Dr hoffer, Dr stilson are great dentists. Staff are wonderful, friendly and professional.

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Best dentist, staff, and equipment in the IE...wouldn’t think about going elsewhere as long as he’s around...first class all the way!!!

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What to Expect During Clear Aligner Treatment

Aligners work just like braces by gently guiding your teeth into proper alignment. Your dentist will craft an orthodontics treatment plan to address your specific misalignment issues.


You will begin your treatment by visiting our dental practice for a consultation with Dr. Hoffer or Dr. Stilson. They will examine your mouth to determine if you are a candidate for clear aligners. Severe orthodontic issues may require traditional braces.

Planning and Fabrication

Your dentist will then take impressions of your mouth so your aligners can be crafted. Our dental practice uses digital impressions of your teeth instead of messy and uncomfortable putty impressions. 

Treatment Begins

Once your series of aligners arrive at our office, you can begin treatment. Instead of adjusting the wires as your treatment progresses, you will switch to a new set of aligners every few weeks.


Depending on your treatment plan, you will visit our Redlands, CA, office every four to six weeks so that your dentist can monitor your progress. This continues over the next 12 to 18 months until your teeth are properly aligned. 

Maintain Your Smile

Once your teeth are aligned, your treatment is complete. To maintain your straightened smile, you will be given a retainer or you may be advised to continue wearing your last set of aligners as a retainer. You will wear this retainer at night to keep your teeth straight for years to come. 

Have questions about SureSmile treatment? Send us a message!

Insurance and Financing

Insurance coverage for your treatment plan varies by plan and provider. We accept most dental insurances and will check your coverage. For patients without insurance or to help cover treatment not covered by insurance, our Redlands, CA, dental practice accepts CareCredit® to help finance your treatment.

Clear Aligner FAQ From Our Redlands, CA, Patients

Shouldn't I See an Orthodontist?

There's no need to see an orthodontist if you want effective orthodontics treatment. Our dentists are trained to straighten teeth with SureSmile. What's more, an orthodontist focuses only on orthodontic issues. The dentists at Redlands Family Dentistry offer a variety of treatments for comprehensive care. This means families in Highland, Loma Linda, and nearby can get all the dental care they need in one convenient location versus visiting an orthodontist and a dentist separately.

How Does SureSmile Compare to Invisalign?

Invisalign stands as one of the most recognized brands for clear aligners, but SureSmile closely rivals it in several aspects. Both excel in customization, as they are crafted to snugly fit your unique gum line and can incorporate attachments to facilitate precise tooth adjustments. When considering clear aligner treatments, SureSmile strongly parallels Invisalign, outshining other brands such as Byte®, NewSmile, or Smileie.

Are Clear Aligners Painful?

While discomfort may occur the first day or two after changing your aligners, pain at this time is minimal compared to braces. Orthodontic patients treated with clear aligners, such as Invisalign or SureSmile, report lower levels of pain in the initial days of treatment than patients treated with fixed appliances, like braces. Plus, there will be no hard metal edges or wires to hurt the soft tissue in your mouth.

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Randall Hoff

Redlands, CA


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Let me start by saying I am a dentist/local orthodontist, so I know a lot about quality dentistry and service. I met Dr. Hoffer about 10 years ago, and have had mutual patients with him over that time. I heard about the great experiences his patient’s had in his office, and I saw the quality of his work. 

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Redlands Family Dentistry

For over 20 years, the compassionate team at Redlands Family Dentistry has provided the communities of Redlands, Highland, and Loma Linda with superior dental care. Our dentists are skilled in all forms of dentistry, including:

To schedule an appointment at our warm and welcoming office in Redlands, CA, contact us online or call (909) 793-7884.

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