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Clear Aligners

Crooked, gapped, or misaligned teeth can lead to decay and other oral health issues. 

Clear aligners are an orthodontic alternative to braces that use aligner trays instead of brackets and wires.

Explore how Stephen J. Malki in River Edge, NJ, can straighten your smile with discreet clear aligners. 

​What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are an orthodontic option that is trusted by orthodontists and dentists alike. This treatment involves using a series of aligner trays to gently guide your teeth into proper alignment. It works just like traditional braces, except there are no bulky metal brackets and wires.

Our River Edge dental office uses Invisalign® and SureSmile® aligners to help our patients throughout River Edge, Paramus, and all of Bergen County achieve straighter, healthier smiles.

See How Clear Aligners Work

Clear aligner systems like Invisalign and SureSmile use a series of aligners to guide your teeth into proper alignment over the course of about 12-18 months. Patients wear each set of aligners for about two to four weeks, then move to the next in the series. Each treatment plan is customized to address a patient's unique dental concerns.

Why Choose Aligners Over Braces?


Because aligner systems use clear trays, they are discreet. People likely won't notice you're wearing them as they are virtually undetectable.


There are no dietary restrictions with aligner systems like Invisalign and SureSmile, as you will remove your trays before you eat.


Aligner trays are made of smooth, clear plastic. This allows for more comfortable treatment when compared to braces that can cut the soft tissues of your mouth.

Shorter Treatment

Treatment using clear aligners is typically shorter than that of braces. You can achieve a straighter smile in as little as 12-18 months versus 20-24 months with braces.

Shouldn't I See an Orthodontist?


An orthodontist specializes in treating orthodontic issues. The benefit of choosing our practice in River Edge, NJ, over an orthodontist is that you can receive comprehensive general, cosmetic, and restorative care in one location. 

Clear Aligner Treatment Timeline

"Our River Edge dental office uses Invisalign and SureSmile aligners to help our patients achieve straighter, healthier smiles."
"Our River Edge dental office uses Invisalign and SureSmile aligners to help our patients achieve straighter, healthier smiles."


During your initial consultation at our dental practice in River Edge, NJ, Dr. Malki will examine your mouth to determine if clear aligners like Invisalign or SureSmile are right for you.

Treatment Planning

Next, your dentist will devise a custom treatment plan and take impressions to craft your custom trays.

Treatment Begins

You will begin treatment by wearing the first set of trays. You must wear your trays for 20-22 hours a day. After about two to four weeks, you will switch to the next set in the series.


You will attend routine appointments every two weeks at our practice in River Edge, NJ, so that Dr. Malki can monitor your progress.

Treatment Complete

After about 12-18 months, your treatment will be complete. Keep in mind that more complex issues may require more time or braces to correct. Once your treatment is done, you will be given a retainer to wear at night. This retainer will help maintain your straightened smile for years to come. 

Hear Why River Edge, NJ Trusts Malki Dental 


Sarah Satel

River Edge, NJ


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Over the last few years, I have had a few issues with one tooth that was badly broken when I was very young. After trying to temporarily fix the problem for months, Dr. Malki and his team decided on a different course of treatment to solve the issue for a longer period. It was their kindness and gentleness that helped make this process so easy. If I could give more than 5 stars, I would.

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Eric Santoli

River Edge, NJ


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I've been a patient of Dr. Malki's office for many years now and they're the only dentists that I trust. As with many people, I am scared of the dentist, but I always feel safe with Dr. Malki and his team. I like getting cleanings from Ana and the other hygienists are great too. Dr. Malki never pushes for unnecessary procedures. I think some dentists enjoy pointing out your flaws, but I'm just a human and I'm not perfect. Thank you Dr. Malki.

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Dr. Malki

Malki Dental

Dr. Stephen Malki is a dentist who believes a smile is one of the most important means of expression. His prestigious distinctions in his field include:

  • Diplomate of the American Board of Oral Implantologists (ABOI)
  • Fellow of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry (AAID)
  • Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists (ICOI)
  • Master of the Misch International Implant Institute
  • Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry

To book your consultation, please send us a message online or call us today at (201) 646-0800.

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"Dr. Stephen J. Malki is very gentle and caring. He makes you feel comfortable and does everything he can to ensure that you have a pleasant experience. As soon as you meet him you can see how much he cares for his patients."

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