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Considering ClearCorrect® Clear Braces for Your Teenager? A Dentist Offers Their Professional Advice
Clear braces blend right in with your teeth, allowing you to avoid the awkwardness of metallic braces. They come in two variations. The first is teeth-colored braces, which have the same form as metal braces. The second is transparent teeth trays that you can wear and remove at will. ClearCorrect® braces fall in the second category, making them popular with teenagers.
Is there a fundamental difference between clear braces and metallic braces?
A dentist’s reputation largely depends on good long-term results for their patients. As such, a dentist will always recommend the most effective orthodontic treatment for an individual. Clear braces like ClearCorrect® treat mild or moderate orthodontic problems. If a patient’s orthodontic problems fall under the severe category, the person may need a traditional approach.
Clear aligners can treat problems like small gaps, slightly crooked teeth and slight crowding. They cannot fix:
- A severe overbite or underbite
- Large gaps that happen as a result of a large jaw or small teeth
- Excess teeth that cause crowding
- Crowding caused by a jaw that is too small or narrow for the teeth it holds
After a dentist evaluates the patient, they will determine if ClearCorrect® aligners fit into the patient’s treatment plan.
What to expect from treatment with ClearCorrect® aligners
Teeth aligners work like braces in that they apply constant but gentle pressure to target problem teeth, causing them to gradually move into optimal positions. Unlike regular metallic braces, aligners take the form of clear custom teeth trays that fit almost perfectly onto their wearer’s teeth.
The slight difference between the shape of the individual’s teeth and the aligners provides the pressure that pushes the teeth into their new alignment. Once the aligners move targeted teeth to new positions, the patient swaps them for the next ones in the set.
Here is how ClearCorrect® aligners work to create an even smile:
- When a dentist recommends dental aligners, they proceed to take detailed medical images of the patient’s teeth and jaw
- They use the images to create a digital 3D model of the patient’s teeth as they are
- Using proprietary design software from ClearConnect®, the dentist starts to move individual digital teeth in small increments; in effect, this changes the digital 3D model
- The edited model becomes the first ClearCorrect® tray
- The dentist repeats the last two steps to create successive dental trays, with the last aligner taking the form of a straight, even smile
How long does ClearCorrect® treatment take?
It takes two or three weeks on average for each aligner to reposition the teeth. The number of aligners that an individual needs depend on how gapped, crowded or crooked their teeth are.
An eight-phase treatment plan that requires a set of 32 aligners will take two years, give or take. A patient with less severe problems may only need a three-phase treatment plan that requires a set of 12 aligners. In this case, a patient will need between 12 to 18 months for the aligners to work.
Enjoy the many benefits of ClearCorrect® today
ClearCorrect® teeth aligners can improve your smile without drawing attention to your teeth. If you want clear braces to work their invisible magic without affecting your daily routine, call us today. Our dentist will work out an orthodontic treatment plan that will deliver great results.
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