Clear Correct Aligners
Your teeth perform some different tasks. When they are crooked, many of their functions are affected. One of the most obvious impacts is the effect they have on your smile. They can make you self-conscious and impact the impressions you make. They can affect your oral health. Crooked teeth are harder to keep clean, increasing your risk for cavities and gum disease. Additionally, crooked teeth can affect your bite, which can cause grinding and jaw pain. Traditionally, metal braces have been used for correcting crooked teeth. At Jillian Prather Family Dentistry, we offer an alternative to braces with Clear Correct Aligners.
The Downsides of Traditional BracesMetal braces are a common orthodontic treatment used to correct crooked teeth as well as misaligned jaws. This treatment, while effective, is highly visible. It relies on metal brackets, which are bonded to the fronts of each of your teeth, and metal wires. The wires span across your teeth, anchored to each bracket with the use of an elastic O-ring. Because of their high visibility, metal braces can cause a significant amount of self-consciousness, especially for older teens and adults.
There are a few other major disadvantages to metal braces, including:
|They restrict what you can eat. Certain types of foods can bend wires and dislodge brackets.
|Oral hygiene can be difficult. You have to brush and floss around the brackets and wires. Improper oral hygiene can increase your risk for cavities and can also lead to white spots on your teeth.
|Braces can be very uncomfortable. Brackets can rub your oral tissues, causing sores. Additionally, if the wires break or come loose, they can poke your intraoral tissues.
What is Clear Correct?Clear Correct is an alternative to traditional braces. Instead of brackets and wires, clear, plastic aligners are used to move your teeth into their proper alignment. These aligners are created from digital impressions of your mouth. Digital impressions are displayed in 3-dimensions on a computer monitor, enabling us to create custom aligners just for you. The software also allows us to see every step of your treatment from beginning to end. Where braces are a visible treatment fixed in place on your teeth, Clear Correct is invisible. No one will be able to see the aligners when they are placed in your mouth. They are also removable. However, to provide you with the best results, they should be worn for as many as 20 to 22 hours each day. The only time your aligners should be removed is when you are eating or when you are taking care of your mouth.
How Does Clear Correct Work?Clear Correct involves the use of several sets of aligners. Each set of aligners is made to be worn for two weeks at a time, and then you switch to the next set. Each new set is a little different than the one before it, which is done to help gradually guide your teeth into proper alignment. Once your teeth have finally reached where they need to be, you are then provided with a retainer so that you can maintain your beautiful new smile.
The Benefits of Clear Correct AlignersClear Correct has many benefits.
|The aligners are completely invisible. No one will be able to tell that they are there.
|They are removable.
|You can eat all of your favorite foods.
|Your oral care routine can continue as normal.
|The aligners are much more comfortable.
|You do not need as many office visits.
If you are interested in other cosmetic services, our office offers teeth whitening, dental bonding, and more!
Clear Correct aligners provide you with a way to improve your smile and your oral health without the whole world knowing about it. Call Jillian Prather Family Dentistry at (918) 401-9933 to schedule your consultation and find out if Clear Correct is right for you.