A New Innovation in Clear Braces
ClearCorrect is an orthodontic tooth straightening treatment plan. The treatment may take up to a year or more, but is often significantly quicker. It is a series of removable plastic liners that straighten your teeth with minor adjustments. They are a popular alternative to metal braces for people who value the discretion and lifestyle flexibility they provide. Data is inconclusive on whether ClearCorrect is the best treatment for correcting overbites. ClearCorrect can straighten crowded teeth, correct bite issues, and close teeth gaps. ClearCorrect aligners, or "trays," are not as noticeable as metal brackets and multicolor bands. They fit snugly over your teeth but are fully removable, making eating easier and your dietary options aren't as limited. Dr. Whalen would be happy to consult with you to see if you are a candidate.
ClearCorrect vs. Braces
ClearCorrect treatment allows patients a discrete transition from misaligned teeth to a straightened smile. They involve minimal components. Most of the time only the trays are needed, for some people the trays may have a few buttons for the trays to attach to. Brackets and dental cement that are used with braces have been known to leave noticeable decalcification spots when removed from the teeth. The cement can stick to the teeth after the braces are removed. This residue has to be removed later by a dentist if not fully removed by the orthodontist. ClearCorrect trays are fully removable and require no adhesives to attach to the teeth.
People who wear braces are advised to avoid gum, sticky foods like caramel, hard foods like apples, and anything that can get stuck in the brackets or damage their braces from biting down on. ClearCorrect trays don't have such dietary restrictions. You can remove the tray before eating and put it back on right after. ClearCorrect trays can be left on if you are drinking water and clear, sugar-free, non-acidic liquids. The tray should be removed if you will be drinking anything other than water or clear fluids, to avoid staining and plaque buildup. Trays may have tiny nodes called buttons, and rubber bands are secured to these buttons. Another unique variant of ClearCorrect is attachments. They are bonded directly to the tooth, trays click onto the attachments, and allow more complex movements.
What is Involved?
If you are considering ClearCorrect, reach out to our team at Dental Design Studio for a consultation. Dr. Whalen will perform a dental examination to assess your oral health and orthodontic situation. He will determine whether or not you qualify for treatment and share with you the timeline and procedure for ClearCorrect. ClearCorrect uses 3D imaging to make your trays instead of impressions. The imaging is used to adjust your new trays the right amount each time and track the progress of your treatment from start to finish. Throughout your treatment, during each visit, we will give you multiple trays to last until your next appointment. We will give you instructions on how to wear the trays and how to clean them. Typically you will visit our dentist every six to eight weeks during treatment. Call us at 845-452-7653