If you have misaligned teeth or malocclusion (bad bite), braces are not your only treatment option. At Belgrade Family Dental in Belgrade, Montana, the experienced dentists offer ClearCorrect™ clear aligners to improve the function and appearance of your smile. Clear aligners deliver a safe, effective alternative to traditional braces. To learn more about ClearCorrect clear aligners, call Belgrade Family Dental or schedule an appointment online today.
ClearCorrect aligners are an orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth and corrects malocclusions using BPA-free polyurethane resin plastic materials. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners don’t require metal brackets and wires. Instead, your dentist uses digital impressions to create custom aligners out of the plastic materials.
Since clear aligners mold to the exact shape and size of your teeth, they apply gradual force to bring your teeth into alignment, just like braces. The only difference is that they’re clear, removable, and discreet.
Clear aligners have evolved dramatically in the last decade. While they were once only an option to treat minor orthodontic concerns, modern technology allows clear aligners to correct many of the same problems as braces. Some of the most common orthodontic concerns that clear aligners treat are:
If you have an underlying condition, such as temporomandibular joint disorder (TMJ), improving your tooth alignment with clear aligners can help relieve symptoms like jaw pain and clenching.
Creating clear aligners typically takes several appointments at Belgrade Family Dental. At your first visit, your dentist evaluates your smile to determine whether you’re a good candidate for clear aligners. Some cases require more advanced treatments, like braces, so it’s important to visit for a consultation before moving forward with clear aligners.
Next, your dentist takes a series of digital impressions to map your treatment plan. They send these impressions to an outside lab, which creates your custom aligners.
ClearCorrect treatment plans typically have four phases. Each phase lasts about three weeks and involves wearing a different set of aligners. You should receive a new set in the mail before your next phase begins.
It’s important to wear your clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Remove them only to eat, drink anything but water, and brush and floss your teeth. Before replacing your aligners, rinse them to avoid trapping food debris and bacteria.
Clear aligners offer several advantages over traditional braces, including:
Many ClearCorrect treatments take around 6-18 months to complete, while some can last for up to two years.
To find out if clear aligners are right for you, call Belgrade Family Dental or schedule an appointment online now.