If your natural teeth are crooked or unevenly placed, you may have the desire to straighten them. Not only does straightening improve your smile, it also benefits your oral health by creating the optimal alignment and bite. Modern dentistry gives us the option to use discreet clear plastic aligners to move the teeth and bite in many cases instead of relying on the traditional metal braces of the past.
At Linworth Family Dental, we can handle specific orthodontics cases at the same office where you receive your general dentistry services. Our dentists are pleased to offer our patients ClearCorrect clear aligners. This orthodontic treatment works faster and with significantly less cost than conventional braces.
How Do Clear Aligners Straighten Teeth?
We create a custom treatment plan to start with the current alignment of your teeth and bite, with the goal of gradually shifting the teeth to achieve the final goal. Our team creates digital impressions that give clear images of your teeth, and we send these impressions to ClearCorrect to have your custom-fitted aligners made.
You receive a series of custom aligners, switching from one set to another usually every few weeks to slowly shift your teeth from one position to the next. These dental appliances are clear, so they’re virtually invisible as you wear them. Also, they fit perfectly to the size and shape of your teeth, making them comfortable to wear throughout the day and night. You can remove them to eat and clean your teeth, which is a major benefit over metal or clear braces.
Do You Offer Invisalign Aligners?
Invisalign is a brand of clear plastic aligners, and our office chooses to use an alternative brand called ClearCorrect instead. They work in similar ways, yet ClearCorrect comes from a dentist and is made of a durable material that resists stains and cracking. Some brands of clear aligners prioritize aesthetic value alone, while ClearCorrect also puts a strong focus on oral health and bite.
How Long Do I Wear the Aligners?
Each day, you keep your set of aligners in for 20 to 22 hours, which includes the time when you are sleeping. This consistent wear helps to gently move your teeth to a new position and hold that position before switching to the next set.
With clear aligners, you have the convenience of being able to remove the liners for periods of time, although the more consistently you wear them, the more effective and faster the results.
The full length of time of your treatment varies depending on your case. Many people achieve straighter teeth in as few as two to five months, although some cases take up to a year. Nonetheless, this is still faster than the years it generally takes for braces to achieve their desired results.
Also, you see consistent gradual shifting the entire time with clear aligners, so you quickly enjoy teeth that are straighter than they were before. Throughout the treatment, you’re able to see your improving smile through the translucent material instead of having it blocked by braces.
Start With a Consultation
Our ClearCorrect aligners give a great option to help many people achieve straighter teeth and better bite alignment. Nonetheless, plastic aligners don’t work for everyone, so we may refer some people to an orthodontist for specialized care.
During a consultation, one of our dentists can let you know if you are a candidate for ClearCorrect and discuss the results you can expect to achieve.
Call our office at 614-799-9500 to set up your consultation appointment.