Whether you’re a teenage or an adult, fixing orthodontic problems is an essential step to take to optimize your oral health and reduce your risk of developing problems like cavities and gum disease. If you’re hesitant about committing to having metal brackets and wires in your mouth, Dr. Courter also offers ClearCorrect aligners. To learn whether you’re a good candidate for this advanced treatment, be sure to schedule a consultation by contacting our office today.
Why Choose Dr. Michael Courter For ClearCorrect?
Customized Orthodontic Trays
Fix Bite Misalignment
Discreet Orthodontic Treatment
What is ClearCorrect Treatment?
ClearCorrect is a discreet way to straighten your smile without needing metal brackets or wires. It utilizes a pre-determined number of aligners made from clear, FDA-approved plastic to gently and strategically shift your teeth into their ideal positions. It can be used to fix a variety of orthodontic issues ranging from mild to moderate, including gaps between teeth, crowding, underbite, overbite, and crossbite. Most patients who are good candidates for traditional orthodontic treatment can also benefit from ClearCorrect.
The Benefits of Clear Aligners
For patients interested in improving the alignment of their teeth or bite, ClearCorrect is able to offer several unique benefits. These advantages set this orthodontic treatment apart from traditional braces:
Virtually unnoticeable orthodontic appliance when worn, allowing people you don’t know to be unaware of the fact that you’re undergoing treatment.
Removable convenience allows you to easily brush and floss as well as continuing to eat all of your favorite foods.
Enhanced comfort due to the fact that your aligners are made from smooth, custom-molded plastic to fit your dental structure.
Customizable orthodontic treatment built to fit your unique needs.
Faster and easier check-up appointments.
Life With ClearCorrect Trays
Like any orthodontic treatment, you’ll need to go through a short adjustment period to get used to the way your ClearCorrect aligners feel when you speak. Each time you eat or brush and floss, you’ll need to remove the trays from your mouth so you don’t damage or stain them. In order to maintain good oral health, it’s also important to regularly clean and sanitize your trays by following the instructions we provide you before you leave our office.
Over the course of your treatment, you’ll visit our office every six to eight weeks, or as often as we recommend, in order to collect your next series of trays and so we can conduct a quick progress check. Otherwise, if you have any questions between your visits, don’t hesitate to contact our office!
Are you ready to get the smile you’ve always wanted? We’ll be happy to go over all your concerns and goals during your initial consultation. In the meantime, we’ve gathered some of the most common questions we get about this new orthodontic treatment. If you don’t see the answers you’re looking for below, don’t hesitate to call us!
Will Wearing My ClearCorrect Aligners Hurt?
Unlike traditional metal braces, ClearCorrect aligners don’t have any sharp brackets or wires that will cause sores on your soft tissues. Instead, they’re precisely crafted out of a single piece of biocompatible plastic that’s designed to glide comfortably past your tongue, lips, and cheeks.
However, all orthodontic treatment causes some soreness. When you first begin to wear a new set of aligners, you may feel a slight ache in your mouth as your teeth are gently pushed into place. Thankfully, patients report that any discomfort is mild, easily managed with over-the-counter pain relievers, and short-lived.
How Long Do I Need to Wear My ClearCorrect Aligners Every Day?
The removable nature of your ClearCorrect aligners is both a freedom and a responsibility. You’ll need to take them out before brushing, flossing, eating, drinking, and engaging in certain activities like sports. However, it’s important that you remember to wear your aligners for at least 20-22 hours a day. This ensures that your teeth are constantly being pressured into place. Any less time and your teeth may begin to shift out of place again and reverse your progress. Not only will this make wearing your aligners uncomfortable, but it can increase the price and timeline of your treatment as well. Thankfully, wearing your aligners should start to feel second nature after a little while.
How Do I Care for My ClearCorrect Aligners?
Keeping your aligners clean lowers your risk of tooth decay, protects against bad breath, and prevents your invisible trays from discoloring. To care for them properly, remember to:
Only use plain water, clear liquid soap, or special cleaning products from us. Toothpaste and denture cleaners are too abrasive and can damage your aligners.
Don’t expose your aligners to hot water, as this can deform them.
Give both your teeth and your aligners a quick brush after every meal.
Remove your aligners before drinking anything besides water.
Keep your aligners in their case when you’re not wearing them! Wrapping them in a napkin makes it very easy to accidentally throw them away or leave them behind.
Will Wearing ClearCorrect Aligners Change How I Talk?
When you initially begin your ClearCorrect treatment, it may sound like you have a slight lisp when speaking with your aligners in. This is because to make specific sounds, your tongue moves to certain parts of your mouth that are now covered by your aligners. It will take a little bit of time and practice for your tongue to adjust and your normal speaking patterns to return. Thankfully, this process typically only takes about a week and can be sped up by speaking out loud and repeating words like “sixty” and “Mississippi.”