Teeth Straightening Options
For a long time, the only solution for correcting crooked teeth was metal braces. Still a popular solution today, metal braces are incredibly effective. They are also incredibly noticeable. Braces consist of metal brackets and wires that work to straighten your teeth, improving the quality of your smile and your oral health. However, not everyone wants a metal smile while correcting tooth alignment. Today, teeth can also be straightened with clear aligners. One of the most well-known options is Invisalign. It is not the only one. Water's Edge Dental can improve the alignment of your teeth with ClearCorrect.
At Water's Edge Dental, we offer an orthodontic solution known as ClearCorrect. ClearCorrect is similar to another product we offer, Invisalign, in that both are a series of clear, custom-fit, removable aligners that realign your teeth into the desired position. Both aligners are provided in sets, and require periodic follow-up appointments so that Dr. Geoffrey Herzog can monitor your progress. We believe ClearCorrect can benefit many of our patients in need of moderate orthodontic treatment, especially those who want to avoid traditional braces.
What is ClearCorrect?
ClearCorrect is another type of treatment that uses clear aligners to correct the alignment of your teeth. They are made from a hard, plastic material that is made for stress retention. This means that they are resistant to becoming deformed under biting pressure. Like Invisalign, ClearCorrect aligners are removable. However, they should only be taken out to eat and to care for your teeth. They should be worn for 20 to 22 hours a day for the best results.
There are a few different options for ClearCorrect aligners. Limited 6 treats the whole arch, but uses only six sets of aligners. This treatment is meant for those who need only minor adjustments. Limited 12 is similar to Limited 6, except that it uses 12 sets of aligners. This treatment helps to provide further treatment beyond the six aligners. The Unlimited plan involves the use of as many aligners as it takes to correct your alignment issues. This treatment is recommended for those who need more drastic adjustments to the alignment of their teeth.
How Does ClearCorrect Work?
Before we can begin with the ClearCorrect process, we must determine if you are a suitable candidate for treatment. ClearCorrect may not be suitable for certain misalignment cases and complex bite problems. During a consultation visit, Dr. Geoffrey Herzog will perform a comprehensive exam and create records, including impressions, photographs, and X-rays to ensure ClearCorrect is right for you. Once we have developed a precise treatment plan, these records will be sent off to the ClearCorrect laboratory, where they will create a 3-D model of your teeth, and map out your treatment plan. Your custom aligners will be created using digital mapping and molding technology with incredible precision.
ClearCorrect treatment is typically broken down into four phases. Each phase involves a new set of aligner trays that are worn at three-week intervals. Dr. Geoffrey Herzog will advise you to wear the aligners for nearly 24 hours a day. They should only be taken out when you eat, drink anything besides water, and while brushing and flossing. The trays are designed to be virtually invisible and should not have an impact on your daily life. After you complete each set, you will notice results as your teeth begin to slowly adjust and align to the desired position.
How Long Does Treatment Take with ClearCorrect?
Treatment times with ClearCorrect vary. Those using the Limited 6 will have a shorter treatment than someone using Unlimited. Where Invisalign aligners are worn for two week intervals, the length of time you wear each set of aligners for ClearCorrect will vary based on your specific situation. Depending on your specific condition and the degree of misalignment, treatment can last anywhere from one to two years. To determine the best treatment option for you, set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Geoffrey Herzog.
How Much Does ClearCorrect Cost?
The cost of ClearCorrect will depend upon the type of treatment you choose. Limited 6 is the most affordable and can cost less than undergoing treatment with Invisalign. Additionally, if you are under the Limited 6 or Limited 12 plan and require one or two additional sets of aligners, treatment will cost a bit more. If you have significant alignment issues and need the Unlimited plan, treatment will cost more.
Is ClearCorrect Right for You?
Like Invisalign, ClearCorrect can treat a variety of different issues. However, there are some issues that it cannot fix. A thorough consultation will allow us to determine if ClearCorrect is the right option for you.
What is Invisalign?
Invisalign is one of the most well-known alternatives to traditional metal braces. The treatment involves the use of clear aligners made from a patented thermoplastic material called SmartTrack. Treatment involves the use of a series of aligners, which are worn at two-week intervals. They are meant to be worn for 20 to 22 hours each day for optimal results. The aligners should only be removed to eat and to brush your teeth. With Invisalign aligners, orthodontic treatment is much more discreet. They are incredibly popular for older teens and adults who work in a professional environment.
ClearCorrect vs. Traditional Braces
ClearCorrect can be used to treat crowded teeth, gapped teeth, crooked teeth, overbites, and underbites. Many patients choose ClearCorrect over traditional braces when the situation is appropriate. Traditional metal braces are attached to the teeth and not removed until your treatment is complete. Braces, consisting of metal brackets, wires, and elastic bands make it difficult for you to perform routine oral hygiene tasks. They also interfere with your ability to eat and speak properly. Braces must be adjusted every four weeks to ensure the success of the treatment. Many patients also complain about pain or discomfort associated with the wires and brackets, especially after adjustments.
ClearCorrect aligners are custom fit to your teeth, minimizing or eliminating discomfort entirely. There is no need for adjustments. If an aligner is lost or broken, you can simply move on to the next one in the series. Traditional braces, on the other hand, must be repaired at the office immediately following a broken wire or bracket.
Schedule a Consultation Visit
For more information about ClearCorrect, and to find out if it is right for you, call Water's Edge Dental, at (208) 391-8554 today.