Malocclusion is one of the most widely encountered oral conditions. It is known to affect individuals belonging to all age groups, all ethnicities, and is majorly affected by one’s heredity. Misaligned teeth entirely ruin the aesthetics of one’s smile and can make it very difficult for the patient to brush and floss. Most importantly, the embarrassment one could face due to a crooked smile is just unimaginable.
Lucky for us, we no longer have to live with misaligned teeth. Orthodontic treatment solutions in the form of aligners can help you get a better smile by getting rid of the malocclusion. Some of the widely used orthodontic aligners are metal braces, clear braces, Damon braces, and ClearCorrect.
What is ClearCorrect?
ClearCorrect is one of the most advanced orthodontic aligners that is backed by state-of-the-art technology. It is made from clear, dental-grade plastic and is nearly invisible when you put it on. In comparison to conventional braces, ClearCorrect does a great job of staying in disguise. However, its effectiveness is just as good as that of dental braces.
ClearCorrect vs. Metal Braces
- ClearCorrect is made from a transparent plastic material, while metal braces are from metal brackets and wires.
- ClearCorrect is metal-free. Also, it doesn’t have any sharp edges or corners that could injure the soft tissues of the mouth. But, when it comes to braces, the chances of the brackets injuring the lips and soft tissues are higher.
- The technology used to fabricate ClearCorrect aligners is advanced, allowing the dentist to keep track of the movement of the teeth and even predict their progress in the future. Such an advantage isn’t available with dental braces.
- Since ClearCorrect is removable, you can easily take them off and eat any food you wish to. In simple words, there is no specific diet that you should follow with ClearCorrect treatment. But, when you have braces on, the hard or sticky foods could easily get stuck in between the braces and the teeth, affecting the effectiveness of the treatment procedure.
During the initial visit to the dentist’s office, we will conduct a thorough screening of the teeth and the oral cavity. The type and severity of the malocclusion would be determined, which would decide the candidacy for ClearCorrect. The teeth will be scanned to obtain a digital mold using a hand-held scanning tool. It produces a digital 3D model of the teeth on a computer screen, which helps in obtaining an unlimited number of views of the teeth.
The aligners will be fabricated in a dental laboratory using the data from the scans. Once you start the treatment procedure, the aligners should be worn for almost the whole day. You can only take them off when you have to eat, drink, and clean your teeth. Every few weeks, you will be handed a new set of aligners to advance to the next stage of treatment. The time period for the treatment can be determined based on the severity of the malocclusion.
Please schedule an appointment online or call us at (623) 471-5433, and our highly experienced dentists would be happy to help.