What is Orthodontics?
Orthodontics is a branch of dentistry that is concerned with the correction and straightening of teeth and jaws that are positioned improperly. Problems such as crooked or crowded teeth, overbites, underbites, and incorrect jaw and teeth position are corrected through orthodontics. The purpose of orthodontic treatment is to create straighter teeth in order to create a healthier bite. There are a variety of treatments that will help straighten your teeth, which include braces and retainers. If braces or aligner trays are required for you, then you will be prescribed an appliance that is specific to your needs.
What are Clear Correct Aligners?
Clear Correct aligners are exactly as they sound. They are a clear aligner system that act as invisible braces to help straighten out your teeth. These custom-made, removable, clear aligners are designed to gradually shift your teeth into the proper position.
What do Clear Correct Aligners treat?
Clear Correct aligners can be very beneficial in helping give you a smile you deserve. There are many issues that using Clear Correct aligners can help resolve including:
- Teeth that have gaps or large spaces in between them.
- Crooked or misaligned teeth.
- Overcrowding of teeth.
- Incorrect jaw position
- Teeth that have been turned or rotated
- Overbite (the upper jaw extends too far over the lower jaw)
- Underbite (the lower jaw extends too far over the upper jaw)
How does Clear Correct work?
Here at Smile Dental, we want to give you the smile you want and deserve. No matter what dental procedure you are receiving we are committed to giving you the meticulous care that you deserve. The process of having Clear Correct Aligners is not a quick process. It takes time and commitment to ensure that you get the results you desire. The process is dependent on each individual and their degree of misalignment, but usually the process usually lasts about a year, or possibly longer from beginning to end. Once we evaluate you, we can better determine how long you will need to wear the aligners.
Clear Correct is a series of clear, removable aligners that you will wear all the time, except when eating and brushing or flossing your teeth. The goal is to wear the aligners for 22-23 hours a day in order to get the desired results.
The first step will be to take impressions and x-rays of your teeth in order to have the aligners custom created for your specific needs. Once the impressions are made, they will be sent out to a lab where the manufacturer will create a computer model of your teeth based on those impressions. This will be the model that future aligners are also based off. These impressions will allow us to create a computer-generated treatment plan and projected results of each set of aligners. Once we have generated your treatment plan, you will come back into the office for your first set of aligners, and then again monthly for the new set.
The treatment process consists of four phases that requires you to wear a new set of aligners for three weeks at a time, with one week off. Each new set will be different than the previous ones, in order to align your teeth gradually into their correct position. During the time that you wear the retainers, the aligners put continual pressure on the teeth, shifting them gradually. For each new set of aligners, it will push the teeth into another position until they reach the desired results.
How to take care of your aligners.
Taking proper care of your aligners is similar to taking proper care of your teeth. Just like your natural teeth, Clear Correct Aligners will collect bacteria over time, so it is extremely important that you take proper care of them. With the proper daily care of aligners, it will help to keep them in good shape, and give you a smile you deserve. Here are some easy guidelines to help you maintain your aligners:
- Brush and floss your natural teeth before putting on your aligners. – It is important that you brush and floss before applying your aligners so that bacteria does not build up in between your natural teeth and the aligners
- Don’t eat or drink when you are wearing the aligners. – The aligners are made from a clear plastic and eating, or drinking can break down, or damage the aligners over time. Eating with them on can also cause food to accumulate in them causing cavities.
- Always rinse the aligners when you take them off. – Rinsing off the aligners when you take them out will clean off any saliva that is on them. Saliva can cause bacteria to be present, which could eventually break down the aligners.
- Never rinse with hot water. Always rinse with COLD water. – It is important to always rinse the aligners with cold water. Hot water can alter and ruin the plastic, changing its shape, which would affect the progression of your teeth straightening.
- Use an antibacterial soap NOT toothpaste to clean the aligners. – Use a toothbrush to gently clean your aligners in order to clean off any food particles or saliva on them. It is important that you do not use toothpaste on the aligners because toothpaste can be abrasive and scratch the aligners. If the aligners get scratched, it can be very noticeable on your teeth.
- Use a clear denture or aligner cleaner. – It is important that you do not use mouthwash to soak your aligners. Mouthwashes usually have a color to them such as blue or green, and that could cause staining on the plastic of the aligners. Instead, it is best to use denture or aligner cleaner because they are clear.
If you need Clear Correct Aligners, or would like more information regarding Clear Correct Aligners, please call our office today and we can help assist you further.