Are you looking for a comfortable way to straighten crooked teeth? Try ClearCorrect. Dr. Michael Courter offers treatment with clear braces as a modern alternative to metal braces in Midland, TX. ClearCorrect uses a series of plastic aligners to straighten tooth misalignment over time. Compared to traditional metal braces, ClearCorrect aligners are a more comfortable and discreet cosmetic dentistry treatment. Want to know more? Discover the benefits of ClearCorrect treatment below.
Why Straighten Crooked Teeth?
Crooked teeth are more than just a cosmetic problem. Most cosmetic dental problems have a basis in oral health issues. Crooked teeth look unseemly and can make you self-conscious about your smile. But crooked teeth are also harder to clean. There are tighter spaces with crooked teeth that can be hard to clean in between, even with dental floss. You’re more likely to develop issues with tooth decay or gum disease when you have crooked teeth.
Crooked teeth also cause you to have an imbalanced bite. The bite force when you bite down is unevenly distributed throughout your smile. It puts more stress on certain teeth, causing them to chip or break more easily. TMJ is another problem seen in people with crooked teeth. An uneven bite puts more stress on your jaw, as it doesn’t track smoothly. TMJ causes pain throughout the face and can cause issues with the way your jaw functions.
Clear vs. Metal Braces
Traditional orthodontic treatments use metal wires and brackets that can irritate the gums. ClearCorrect aligners conform comfortably to the smile to minimize irritation to the soft tissues of the mouth. Because ClearCorrect aligners are removable, patients can thoroughly clean their teeth and gums.
Patients also do not have dietary restrictions with clear braces. Alternatively, the metal brackets that braces use can temporarily leave a stain on the middle of each tooth once they are removed. Patients who undergo treatment with metal braces cannot eat very hard or sticky foods that can damage the wires and brackets.
Treatment with ClearCorrect
To begin treatment with ClearCorrect, Dr. Courter will take dental impressions of your teeth. These impressions are used to map out your orthodontic treatment. The impressions are sent to a dental lab where several consecutive pairs of aligners are crafted. Each pair of ClearCorrect aligners are fabricated with slight adjustments to each. Once the aligners are complete, Dr. Courter will ensure that the first pair fit you precisely. The aligners are switched out every few weeks as the teeth conform to the shape of the trays.
Read answers to frequently asked questions about ClearCorrect treatment here:
How long are ClearCorrect aligners worn?
We recommend that patients wear their aligners for about 22 hours each day, even during sleep. The aligners can be removed for eating, brushing, and flossing. The overall treatment time for ClearCorrect varies from patient to patient, although the average is from eight to fourteen months. Treatment time depends on the severity of the patient’s misalignment as well as their compliance with caring for their aligners.
Is ClearCorrect treatment painful?
No, ClearCorrect treatment is not painful. Your teeth may feel sore as they adjust to each new pair of aligners. However, this will quickly fade. Otherwise, you will find that ClearCorrect is not as painful as metal braces.
How do I care for my clear aligners?
Do not wear your ClearCorrect aligners if you are eating or drinking anything other than water. Pigmented beverages can stain the aligners and food can cause bacteria buildup. In addition, cleaning your aligners before placing them back on helps minimize the number of bacteria on them. When you are not wearing your aligners, keep them in their case so you can keep track of them.
Schedule a Dental Consultation Today
Do you want to effectively straighten your misaligned and crooked teeth? Ask our office about comfortable ClearCorrect treatment today. Contact Dr. Courter by calling 432.287.9531. You may also request a dental appointment with Dr. Courter on our website.