If you want to get a straight and even smile, but the idea of traditional metal braces scare you, ClearCorrect is a treatment option that may work for you.
ClearCorrect treatment involves wearing a series of almost-invisible, custom-fitted plastic aligners that help your teeth shift into place. ClearCorrect technology has been successfully used by over 6.8 million people worldwide.
The clear trays look similar to night guards, mouth guards, oral appliances, and retainers, however, they are more comfortable as they are custom-fitted to each of your teeth.
How ClearCorrect Works
At Kevin Kay DDS Comprehensive Family Dentistry, Dr. Kevin Kay will examine the condition of your mouth to determine whether ClearCorrect treatment would be beneficial to you. We will then create an individualized treatment plan for you.
To make your aligners, we will take x-ray images and impressions of your mouth. These are sent to a dental lab to fabricate a series of custom-fitted aligners that will make small adjustments to your teeth over a period of time.
The clear aligners are made from a special plastic or acrylic material and fit tightly over your teeth. Unlike traditional metal braces, though, these aligners can easily be removed every time you need to eat or clean your teeth.
Your treatment duration is based upon how much adjustment needs to be made to your teeth. The more your teeth are misaligned, the more time it will take to correct their position. Typically, treatment can last from anywhere between 10 to 24 months. Treatment time is reduced if you are an adult who has had orthodontic treatment as a child and you may only be required to wear the clear aligners for as little as 10 weeks. You will need to replace your aligners with the next one in the series every two weeks.
For successful treatment, you need to wear these aligners for about 22 hours every day. You can take them out before eating and clean them with cool water and mild soap to get rid of plaque.
Treatable Cases With ClearCorrect
ClearCorrect treatment may not be suitable for everyone. Dr. Kevin Kay can help you decide whether you are the right candidate for this treatment.
Since ClearCorrect aligners are tightly fitted to your teeth, these are best for teens and adults. Making orthodontic changes to a child’s mouth is a more complex process as their jaw is still developing and we may need to take additional considerations into account.
ClearCorrect treatment is typically used on people who have only mild crowding issues or slight gaps in their teeth. It is also effective for people who need to make slight adjustments to fix their crossbites, overbites, underbites, and open bites. Mostly, it works best for people who want simple cosmetic changes to their smile rather than those who need to improve the functions of their teeth.
Since ClearCorrect is not as accurate and precise as braces, some patients may require further refinement by wearing retainers or even using braces for a few months. As it stands, for complex dental issues, traditional braces are still preferred.
If we find cavities and decay during your regular check-up, we will provide you with dental fillings and sealants to prevent decay and damage. Once treatment is completed, many patients choose teeth whitening to enhance the appearance of their perfectly straight teeth.
If you are interested in getting invisible aligners, call us at (425) 738-8476 to schedule an appointment, and we will determine whether ClearCorrect treatment is a good option for you.