Smiling with confidence is tough when you’re embarrassed about your teeth, but traditional metal braces aren’t always the answer to a straighter smile. David Illes, DDS, the highly skilled and experienced cosmetic dentist at Edison Dental Health Center in Edison, New Jersey, offers ClearCorrect® clear aligners to patients who want straighter teeth but don’t feel that metal braces are right for them. To learn more about your options, call Edison Dental Health Center or book an appointment online today.
Also known as invisible braces, ClearCorrect aligners are custom designed to fit your teeth perfectly and straighten them gradually, much like traditional metal braces. These clear aligners are nearly undetectable — perfect for those who want to straighten their teeth without metal brackets and wires.
ClearCorrect braces are currently approved to treat adults and teens who have the following dental concerns:
While metal braces are still your best option for complex alignment or bite problems, ClearCorrect works well to treat less complicated concerns without pain or irritation.
If you’re wary about metal braces, there are a number of reasons to talk to Dr. Illes about ClearCorrect, including:
Unlike traditional braces, ClearCorrect aligners are completely clear and fit perfectly into each groove of your teeth, so they look practically invisible.
ClearCorrect aligners are entirely removable. Because you must take them out to eat or drink anything but water, they are more hygienic than traditional braces. Not only does this allow you to brush your teeth after each meal, but it also eliminates the risk of old food particles getting trapped in your aligners.
Because you remove your clear aligners when eating, they allow you to eat without worrying about food getting stuck in your orthodontic appliances.
While the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces are known to cause slight lisps, slurring, and mumbling, ClearCorrect aligners fit your teeth like a glove. This feature allows you to speak without difficulty as if you weren’t wearing an orthodontic device at all.
One of the most common concerns with traditional braces is that the metal brackets irritate and cut up your mouth. This often results in painful cuts, scratches, and canker sores for many patients. Clear aligners are smooth, just like your teeth, so your mouth remains protected.
The ClearCorrect process depends entirely on the individualized treatment plan Dr. Illes creates for you. First, he uses an intraoral camera to take 3D impressions of your mouth. These digital impressions help the ClearCorrect computer software design your custom-fit aligners. There are three options you can choose from with ClearCorrect:
This option treats your full arch and is best suited for minor adjustments. If you choose this option, Dr. Illes gives you six sets of aligners that must be changed every six weeks or so.
The Limited 12 package is typically for more complex dental concerns. Like the Limited 6 package, these aligners must be changed out every six weeks.
The ClearCorrect Unlimited package is for patients with a broad range of dental problems. It gives Dr. Illes the chance to custom design your smile even if you suffer from multiple concerns.
It’s essential to wear your clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day for the best results possible. To find out if you’re a right candidate for ClearCorrect, call Edison Dental Health Center or book an appointment online today.