Your teeth are an integral component of your mouth, enabling you to eat, speak, and smile confidently. Crooked teeth are a serious issue that affects many aspects of your life and leaves you vulnerable to more oral health concerns. For decades, the only solution for correcting crooked teeth was metal braces. Today, Mid Valley Dental provides an invisible alternative with ClearCorrect clear braces.
Traditional Metal Braces
Metal braces have long been the only treatment available for correcting alignment issues. Braces are highly effective, and still a very popular treatment today. They are often associated with adolescents, usually between the ages of 11 and 13, but adults can wear braces, too. Braces use metal brackets and wires to straighten your teeth, which are fixed in place throughout the duration of your treatment. Brackets are bonded to each tooth, and a metal wire spans each arch, affixed to the brackets with elastic O-rings.
While effective, braces do have a few significant drawbacks. One of the biggest issues with metal braces is that they are highly noticeable, which can cause embarrassment, particularly for older patients. Because braces are fixed, they can also make eating and oral hygiene more difficult. Certain types of foods can cause brackets to dislodge and wires to bend or break. Cleaning around brackets can be challenging, increasing your risk for tooth decay, gum disease, and decalcification. Brackets and wires can also cause painful sores on your soft tissues.
What is ClearCorrect?
ClearCorrect is a treatment that offers a more aesthetic alternative to traditional braces. Rather than brackets and wires, ClearCorrect uses clear plastic aligners to correct the alignment of your teeth. The aligners, which fit over your teeth much like a mouthguard, are clear and disappear completely from view when set in place.
Another major difference between ClearCorrect and traditional braces is that ClearCorrect aligners are removable. They can, and should, only be taken out to eat and to brush your teeth. To achieve the greatest results in the shortest amount of time, it is important that you wear them for 20 to 22 hours every day.
How Exactly Does ClearCorrect Work?
ClearCorrect aligners are custom created just for you based on digital impressions of your mouth. With these impressions, we can see every step of your treatment from beginning to end. During your treatment, you use a series of aligners. Each set is designed to help gradually shift your teeth where they need to be. They are meant to be worn only for two weeks at a time. Once your treatment is complete, you are provided with a retainer, which will help you to maintain your beautiful new smile.
The Benefits of ClearCorrect Clear Braces
ClearCorrect provides you with several benefits. These benefits include:
If your teeth are crooked, but you are not very fond of the idea of straightening your teeth with traditional braces, ClearCorrect may be the right solution for you. Call Mid Valley Dental at (920) 215-4160 today to schedule your consultation.