ClearCorrect rockwallSome 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.

Common Questions

What are clear braces and how do they work?

Clear braces are an alternative to traditional orthodontia. Conventional orthodontic systems rely on the use of fixed appliances such as brackets and wires. Clear braces, on the other hand, involve patients wearing sets of custom, retainer-like appliances for a predetermined amount of time. These appliances, called aligners, are constructed from sturdy yet pliable plastics and are clear in color. Like metal and wire braces, clear braces generate consistent pressure on teeth to create movement over time. This pressure can close gaps between teeth, align teeth that are protruding, and reverse the overlapping of teeth. To generate pressure, treatment is broken into steps. This means that every two or three weeks, patients will wear tighter sets of aligners.

Clear braces offer unique benefits to patients when compared to traditional fixed braces. First, clear braces are removable – meaning they can be taken out of the mouth easily for meals and oral hygiene. Secondly, aligners are clear and therefore very inconspicuous, giving people an aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional orthodontia. Lastly, the soft plastics used to create aligners will not cut into the linings of lips or the insides of cheeks.

What is the average cost of clear braces for adults?

The cost of clear braces depends on a few different factors like the length of treatment or if a patient has dental insurance that covers orthodontics. Obviously, patients who receive longer treatment will incur higher costs because each set of aligners is custom made. When it comes to questions about the cost of treatment, we recommend speaking with a member of our front desk staff.

Are clear braces right for me?

The best way to determine if clear braces are right for you is to schedule a consultation at our practice. An oral examination where our dentist evaluates the positioning of teeth and overall health of the oral cavity is necessary to ensure that clear braces will be the ideal form of treatment for the individual.

How long is the treatment?

Treatment times vary from person to person based on the positioning of teeth, the types of orthodontic issues one has, and how quickly teeth respond to treatment.