At Pleasant Valley Dental, we know crooked teeth can really put a damper on your smile and self-esteem, but so can metal braces! Nobody wants to endure several years of metal mouth, even though the results at the end may be well worth it. Thankfully, orthodontics has come a long way in recent years and we no longer have to glue metal brackets and wires to your teeth to straighten them! Instead, we can use a series of removable, clear plastic aligners so your natural smile can shine through treatment.
ClearCorrect is an American-made version of the clear aligner system that is similar to Invisalign®. ClearCorrect uses a series of clear plastic aligners to gently apply pressure and gradually shift teeth into their ideal position over the course of treatment. ClearCorrect aligners are made from smooth plastic so they’re totally comfortable to wear and should be worn for at least 22 hours per day. The aligners are also removable, so you can take them out for eating and maintain your regular hygiene routine for optimal oral health throughout your treatment.
The length of your treatment will depend on the complexity of your case. Some minor cases can be completed in just a few months, where more complex cases will take a few years. Treatment times also depend on compliance, meaning you have to wear your ClearCorrect aligners all day every day (with the exception of eating, brushing, and flossing) if you want your treatment to be completed on time.
Definitely! Even if your primary concern is only aesthetic, the value of a straight smile that makes you feel more attractive is priceless. Confidence in your smile creates a ripple effect that can radiate into all areas of your life, including your relationships with others. When you like your smile, you are likely to show it much more often, which may open up new windows of opportunity for your personal and professional life.
Aside from aesthetics and self-esteem, straightening your teeth can actually improve your oral and overall health. Straight teeth are easier to keep clean, so you will minimize your risk of tooth decay and gum disease. When the teeth are straight, the gums fit better around the teeth so there are fewer opportunities for bacteria and infections to enter.
Some orthodontic cases will not be suitable for ClearCorrect, but your Vernon dentists will be able to make that assessment at your initial consultation regarding possible treatment.
If you’re one of many Canadians suffering from jaw tension, TMD, or chronic headaches and migraines, straightening your teeth may be a solution you never thought about. Straightening your teeth can change your bite, which in turn can ease tension in the jaw, helping to minimize pain and headaches. What a relief!
If you have any questions about ClearCorrect orthodontics, we would love to speak with you. Contact your Vernon dentists, Dr. Bicknell or Dr. Montian, at Pleasant Valley Dental today!