Invest in your smile’s health and appearance.
We see straight, even smiles everywhere nowadays—in movies, magazines, even social media posts from people we know. A straight smile has become the ideal, and the wealth of orthodontic treatment options means that it’s easier than ever to achieve it. Adulthood is all about prioritizing, however, so we know that orthodontic treatments don’t always make the top of the list even if you’ve always wanted an even smile. Though the boost in self-confidence that orthodontic treatments can provide is absolutely priceless, the truth is that straightening your teeth does far more than improve their appearance. It actively improves your oral health!
A properly aligned bite puts less stress on your teeth and jaws, prevents your teeth from being worn down unevenly, and can cut down or eliminate frequent headaches. Plus, straight teeth are simply easier to clean well, which decreases your risk of cavities and gum disease. As a result, undergoing orthodontic treatment is often a way for you to invest in yourself and your overall well-being. Traditional braces don’t always sound appealing, however, especially if you’re an older adult with a professional career. Thankfully, advances in orthodontic treatments haven’t just made it easier to straighten your teeth—options like ClearCorrect aligners allow you to undergo treatment more comfortably and discreetly than ever! To help you understand this option, we’ve broken down 5 of the most common questions our patients ask about ClearCorrect aligners.
1. What are ClearCorrect aligners?
ClearCorrect aligners are a system of clear aligners that work to straighten your teeth over time. Since the aligners are clear, most people won’t notice them on your teeth. The aligners are also removable, so eating and cleaning your teeth are as simple as taking the aligners out beforehand. As a result, ClearCorrect doesn’t have dietary restrictions. You can continue eating all of your favorite foods, from toffee to popcorn, as long as you brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in.
2. How does ClearCorrect work?
Much like Invisalign, ClearCorrect works by using a series of custom-made aligners to gradually shift your teeth into their ideal positions. Every time you switch to a new set of aligners, it applies slight, gentle pressure on your teeth to shift them a little more. By the time you switch to the next set of aligners, your teeth will have shifted to fit the set you’re currently wearing. This is the equivalent of an orthodontist tightening the wires on a set of braces, but you can do it right in the comfort of your own home! While you’ll still need to visit Dr. Farless regularly to ensure that your teeth are moving the way they’re meant to, you likely won’t have to visit our office as often and your visits will be faster.
3. Who is a good candidate for ClearCorrect treatment?
ClearCorrect is an incredibly effective treatment that can address many orthodontic issues, including overbites, underbites, teeth that are overcrowded or have gaps between them, and twisted or crooked teeth. Complex orthodontic issues, however, may be best treated using another method like traditional braces. If you’re interested in ClearCorrect, the best way to determine if you’re a good candidate is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Farless.
Additionally, you need to be willing to form a few new habits, like taking the aligners out before you eat, keeping tabs on them so you don’t lose them, practicing great oral hygiene, and wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours a day. These are simple habits, but they keep your aligners clear and allow them to do their job within the timeframe that Dr. Farless predicted.
4. How long does ClearCorrect treatment take?
On average, orthodontic treatment with ClearCorrect takes between one and two years. ClearCorrect is used to treat a range of orthodontic issues and it’s tailored specifically to each patient’s unique case, so it’s hard to provide an exact estimate for your treatment time until you’ve seen Dr. Farless for a consultation.
5. Will ClearCorrect aligners hurt?
It’s normal to experience soreness for a few days after you first get your aligners and every time you make the switch to a new set. This same soreness is common across orthodontic treatments, occurring with other clear aligners like Invisalign and with traditional braces after each adjustment. You should only feel sore for a few days, however, and your discomfort should be very minor! Over-the-counter pain medication should easily knock out any discomfort you’re feeling, but many people don’t even feel the need to take anything for it.
Aside from this, ClearCorrect aligners are incredibly comfortable! They’re designed specifically for your mouth, so they fit snugly and comfortably. Plus, the smooth plastic they’re made from won’t cause cuts, scrapes, or sores on the skin of your mouth like traditional braces can. This makes clear aligners the most comfortable way of straightening teeth, as well as the most discreet!
We understand why it’s tempting to put off orthodontic treatment for so long, but it’s time to invest in yourself! ClearCorrect aligners are a discreet, convenient, and comfortable way to improve the health and appearance of your smile, allowing you to experience confidence in your smile at every level. If you’d like to learn more about ClearCorrect and find out whether or not you’re a good candidate for it, feel free to call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Farless at any time.