Some patients forego orthodontic treatment because they fear wearing conspicuous metal and wire braces. Unfortunately, foregoing treatment to align teeth can negatively affect oral health. When teeth are crowded and misaligned, they are difficult to keep clean—especially in hard-to-reach crevices and along the gum line. In fact, patients with misaligned teeth are more likely to develop plaque and tartar accumulation, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Misaligned teeth can also lead to tooth wear and strain on the temporomandibular joint (TMJ).
How ClearCorrect Can Help
ClearCorrect is a teeth straightening system that offers unique advantages over traditional metal and wire braces. Conceptualized and developed by two Stanford University graduate students who wanted to create a discreet method for straightening teeth, ClearCorrect involves using oral appliances that resemble bleaching trays dentists use for teeth whitening to gradually shift teeth over time.
Using slightly pliable plastics, patients will wear clear oral appliances called “aligners” during treatment. Each set of aligners is worn for approximately two weeks at a time and then exchanged with a tighter set. Using gentle pressure, much like traditional braces, teeth will become straighter in a few months’ time.
Advantages of ClearCorrect
While the most obvious advantage of ClearCorrect is very discreet orthodontic treatment, there are other benefits to wearing ClearCorrect over traditional braces. Unlike braces, aligners are removable, which allows patients to eat meals comfortably and clean their teeth thoroughly. Additionally, since ClearCorrect aligners are soft, they will not scrape against or cut soft tissues like the insides of cheeks and lips.
Who Benefits from ClearCorrect
ClearCorrect is best for teenagers and adults. Patients who have had previous orthodontic treatment and need to realign their teeth also benefit from ClearCorrect. To determine if this type of orthodontic treatment is best for your needs, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with Dr. Salter. At your appointment, our team will answer any questions you have and help you decide which type of treatment is best suited for you.
To schedule your visit, call our office today: (972) 412-0014.