Orthodontics has changed considerably in recent decades. Traditional metal braces are now usually used as a last resort for those with more complicated situations with misaligned teeth, especially with posterior teeth. There are better options for people who have mild misalignment situations, particularly when the front teeth are affected.
Those who want a straight, uniform smile can achieve it without needing to wear metal braces. ClearCorrect invisible braces are plastic aligners that are customized to fit over your teeth. If you live near Seguin or New Braunfels, TX, you can visit Sapphire Creek Dental to learn more about ClearCorrect aligners for achieving a straight, beautiful smile.
ClearCorrect aligners work like braces to straighten misaligned teeth, but do not have the brackets, wires and bands that are required with traditional braces. These aligners are created from 3-D images of your mouth. They are designed to fit perfectly over your bottom and top sets of teeth. The aligners use constant pressure to adjust the position of your teeth. Every few weeks, you receive a new set of aligners that is closer to the goal position for your smile. Treatment periods can be as little as six months to close to two years, depending on the extent of your misalignment.
Treatment with ClearCorrect aligners begins with a thorough examination of your teeth to determine if these are your best option. After evaluation, if Dr. Gomez decides you can benefit from this orthodontics system, he will discuss the steps involved in the procedure and show you how to use and care for the aligners properly.
Benefits of Clear Aligners Versus Metal Braces
ClearCorrect offers many advantages over metal or traditional braces. The most obvious reason people prefer clear aligners is that they are almost invisible. The clear plastic fits snuggly over your teeth and is very discreet. Comfort is another significant benefit of aligners. The rubbing and poking from brackets and wires on braces do not occur with ClearCorrect aligners. Also, clear aligners can be removed, giving you the freedom to eat foods you want and to brush/floss your teeth without barriers. Braces require food restrictions and can make oral hygiene difficult.
With this system, you will receive a set of aligners to wear over your teeth every two or three weeks. Dr. Gomez will prescribe the amount of time you need to wear them every day. Each set moves your teeth a little closer to the predetermined position. Since these aligners are barely visible, they provide a discreet way for straightening your teeth without the discomfort of metal braces. Made of smooth plastic, they offer an easy transition to a beautiful smile.
Remove your aligners for meals and snacks. Remember to put them back in once you have finished eating. There are no food restrictions when wearing ClearCorrect aligners. You can still enjoy apples, popcorn and caramels if you desire.
ClearCorrect aligners do not interfere with your regular oral hygiene routine, either. When it is time to brush and floss your teeth, take them out. All you need to do is give your aligners a good rinsing to keep them clean and put them back in. There are no extra tools or brushes required to maintain your oral hygiene when you wear ClearCorrect aligners.
If you or your teenager need orthodontics and you want to learn more about clear aligners, come see us at Sapphire Creek Dental. We have an office in New Braunfels, TX, and accept many forms of insurance. We also have financing options available. Contact our office today to schedule an orthodontic consultation to discuss the different smile alignment options.