ClearCorrect aligner is one of the many brands of clear aligners that is a good alternative to traditional braces. If you are looking for ways to achieve a straighter smile, these types of aligners may be suitable for you.
Read on to learn more about how these work to help you decide whether you would choose them or another aligner option.
What Are ClearCorrect Aligners?
ClearCorrect is an aligner system used to straighten teeth. These aligners are made of a clear, flexible plastic called polyurethane resin—a material approved by the FDA. It is also BPA-free.
ClearCorrect aligners are almost invisible when worn and don’t affect your daily routine, making them a popular choice for adults and teenagers who want to improve their smile without noticeable braces. They are custom-made and removable, so you can take them out for eating, brushing, and flossing.
How Do ClearCorrect Aligners Straighten Teeth?
ClearCorrect works by gradually moving your teeth into their proper position over time. For optimum results, you need to wear each set of aligners for 20 to 22 hours daily for two weeks before moving on to the next, or as your dentist instructed.
Since your dentist takes an impression of your teeth to create the aligners, they fit snugly over your teeth. As you progress through the sets of aligners, your teeth will slowly shift into the desired position.
You need to visit your dentist for periodic check-ups so they can check on your progress and give you the next set of aligners. The entire treatment process usually takes about 9-18 months, though this can vary depending on your condition, such as the degree of misalignment of your teeth.
What Are The Benefits Of ClearCorrect Treatment?
There are various advantages of getting ClearCorrect treatment as follows:
- Discreet. Since the aligners are clear, they are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
- Removable. You can take off your ClearCorrect aligners for eating, brushing, and flossing, making it easier to maintain good oral hygiene.
- Customised. The treatment is tailor-made for each patient based on their specific needs.
- Fewer dietary restrictions. Since you can take your aligners out, you do not need to worry about avoiding certain foods that could damage braces.
- Convenient. Since your dentist has already made a personalised treatment plan for you, you don’t need to visit your dentist often since you will receive all your aligners at once.
Is ClearCorrect Treatment Effective?
Like other clear aligner brands, such as Invisalign, ClearCorrect orthodontic treatment can help you achieve straighter teeth by slowly shifting your teeth into the desired position over time. It may be an effective treatment for mild to moderate cases of misalignment, though it may not be suitable for more complex cases.
What Happens If I Lose My Aligner?
If you lose your aligner, you must call or visit your dentist immediately. They may be able to give you a replacement for an additional cost or have an alternative option for your treatment plan.
Are ClearCorrect Aligners For Me?
If you have the following condition, ClearCorrect aligners may be right for you:
1. Mild To Moderate Crowded Teeth
Teeth crowding occurs when your teeth are too close together or there isn’t enough room in your jaw for all your teeth. This can cause your teeth to overlap or tilt. If your case is mild to moderate, ClearCorrect can help address this issue.
2. Mild To Moderate Crooked Teeth
Crooked teeth can be due to genetics, poor oral hygiene habits, or an injury. ClearCorrect is a good treatment option for mild to moderate cases of crooked teeth.
3. Minor Teeth Spacing Issues
Teeth spacing issues can result from missing teeth and large gaps between teeth. ClearCorrect can help address minor gapped teeth by closing the small gaps between teeth and improving the overall appearance of your smile.
4. Minor Bite Issues
These include uneven bite patterns—orthodontic issues caused by teeth shifting, and TMJ problems, as follows:
- Overbite: This bad bite occurs when your upper teeth overlap your lower teeth more than normal.
- Underbite: This is when your lower teeth protrude past your upper teeth.
- Crossbite: This happens when your upper and lower teeth don’t align properly.
5. You Are Responsible Enough
You must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours per day to see results. This means taking them out only for eating, brushing, and flossing. If you are not sure you will be able to commit to this, ClearCorrect may not be the right treatment option for you.
6. You Have Realistic Expectations
ClearCorrect aligners are invisible braces that can help improve teeth alignment and give you a straighter smile. However, it is essential to have realistic expectations about what the treatment can achieve. Also, you should note that the treatment time is different for every person, so you can’t compare your results to others you know.
If you are looking for a perfect smile or want to make major changes to your teeth, you may need to look for other options like traditional orthodontics (metal and wire braces).
7. All Your Adult Teeth Have Come In
ClearCorrect is only for adults and teenagers whose permanent teeth have all come in. If you are still waiting for some of your adult teeth, you will need to wait until they do before you can start treatment.
8. You Don’t Have Any Major Dental Issues
In order to be eligible for ClearCorrect, you should not have any major dental issues such as periodontal disease, cavities, or tooth decay. You should also have healthy gums.
If you have any of these issues, your dentist will likely treat them first before starting you on ClearCorrect.
9. You Don’t Like The Idea Of Wearing Unsightly Metal Braces
Some people are uncomfortable wearing unsightly metal braces. If this is the case for you, ClearCorrect may be a good alternative since the aligners are practically invisible.
How To Care For ClearCorrect Aligners
To maintain the results of your treatment and keep your aligners in good condition, you should practice good oral hygiene during treatment. Here are some tips:
- Rinse your aligners with lukewarm or room temperature water before putting them back in your mouth, avoiding hot water as it will warp the plastic.
- Clean your aligners with the provided cleaning tablets or a mild liquid soap at least once daily.
- Avoid consuming anything other than water, especially stain-causing food and beverages, while wearing your aligners.
- If you smoke, you should avoid doing so while wearing your aligners, as it will discolour them.
- Brush and floss your teeth before putting your aligners back in.
- Store your aligners in the provided case when you are not wearing them.
ClearCorrect is one of the most famous brands used in dental treatments to achieve straight teeth. If you have mild to moderate teeth crowding, bite issues or misaligned teeth, these custom aligners may be suitable for you. But before starting treatment, you must be familiar with how it works, how to take care of your aligners and have realistic expectations about the results.
If you want to take the first step in getting a confident smile, contact us at 03 7003 2011 to book a consultation appointment.
Burwood Dental Care is an advanced dental clinic providing ClearCorrect aligner treatment. We have a team of dentists with several years of experience performing this procedure.
At your initial consultation, the dentist will discuss how this procedure works and what you can expect, including the treatment costs and answer any questions you may have. They will also assess your oral health to see if you are suitable. If you decide to go ahead with the treatment, they will take impressions of your teeth, which will be used to create your customised aligner trays.
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