Just because you have misaligned teeth and bite problems, it does not mean you need to use boring traditional metal braces. We have several orthodontic devices that help to correct misaligned teeth such as ClearCorrect® aligners. These braces are ideal for people who are looking for a subtle treatment to fix malocclusion.
Before getting ClearCorrect near you, it is important to know what they are and how they work.
ClearCorrect braces are invisible, customized, and removable braces that gradually reposition the teeth. With these aligners, you do not need to change your lifestyle or what you eat because you can easily incorporate them into your daily life.
ClearCorrect braces are different from the traditional ones in appearance and the treatment process. While they all reposition the teeth, ClearCorrect is made of clear resin material. Furthermore, the aligners don’t come with the inconvenience and discomfort caused by the metal wires that are fixed on the teeth. The wires can bruise the gums and also trap food particles and increase the risk of decay.
Both ClearCorrect and Invisalign are invisible braces that reposition the teeth. They also follow a similar treatment process and duration. However, the material used to make the braces and the thickness of the aligners are different.
Invisalign aligners are made of a thermoplastic material that is a bit thick. The ClearCorrect aligners, on the other hand, are crafted using a polyurethane resin that is thin and more clear. These braces take on the color of your teeth and thus are invisible.
ClearCorrect also offers different options depending on your preference and severity of the malocclusion. You can choose Limited 6 (comes with six aligners), a limited 12, and an unlimited version. If you have severe malocclusion, getting the unlimited aligners may be more ideal. But, it is important to visit a family dentist near you for more information on the differences between these types.
The ClearCorrect orthodontic treatment is done in three phases:
Our dentist in Los Angeles will begin the process with a comprehensive assessment using a 3D digital scan. This evaluation scan takes precise imaging of your jaw and the images are used to create the set of aligners that you choose. The scan also helps the dentist to determine the pressure to apply on the teeth and how they should move.
The dentist will give a series of aligners that you are to wear for 22 hours a day, for 14 days. It is important to wear the aligners according to the instructions given by the dentist. If you fail to adhere to the instructions, the straightening process may be halted and it will take longer to start again, thereby lengthening the treatment process.
Although the treatment is mostly home-based, you will need to visit a dentist near you for an assessment of the treatment.
The orthodontic treatment will last for about 18 months, (but this is different for everybody). After you stop using the aligners, the dentist will give you a retainer that is meant to hold the teeth in the new position. Failure to wear the device will result in the teeth reverting to the old position.
When you first get ClearCorrect in Los Angeles, you will feel slight discomfort as the teeth reposition. The discomfort will also occur every time you switch to a new set. The pain will however only last for a while and therefore you do not need any pain medication.
The aligners do not affect your speech, but it may take some time for you to get used to the aligners.
High standards of hygiene are required to prevent plaque and bacteria from growing. It is important to brush the braces with a soft-bristled brush daily and also rinse them before wearing them.
Visit Rosemarie Quimson-Cruz, DMD for more information on ClearCorrect and what you can expect during your procedure.