What if we told you there was a way to straighten teeth and close gaps in your bite without getting braces? Sounds pretty good, right?
That’s exactly what Invisalign and ClearCorrect can do! These clear aligners slip onto your teeth like very thin and strong mouthguards, and slowly help push your teeth in the right direction to give you the smile you’ve always wanted.
How does it work?
These clear aligners, much like braces, have to be custom made for your teeth. Because no set of teeth are identical, the very first step is to have your teeth and bite 3D scanned by your dentist.
The orthodontist will then use advanced proprietary software to gradually map out the desired changes over the course of your plan. This roadmap to your perfect smile is then sent to ClearCorrect or Invisalign so that they can begin creating your custom aligners.
How long does it take?
The length of treatment with both Invisalign and ClearCorrect is entirely depending on your unique set of teeth. Small adjustments can be made in as little as three months. Average treatment time may be around 12 to 18 months.
Clear aligners like Invisalign and ClearCorrect work in the same way as old fashioned braces work: by applying pressure to select teeth. Simply put the aligners in and wear them for 20-22 hours a day, and let them work their magic!
Traditional braces need to be adjusted by a dentist. In clear aligners, this is simply done by switching to a new and slightly different aligner every week or every other week depending on your dentist’s prescription.
What are the benefits of clear aligners?
Systems like Invisalign and ClearCorrect have a number of advantages over traditional braces:
- Discreet treatment: Because they are clear, they are almost undetectable. This makes it a perfect solution for adults in customer-facing jobs or teenagers who are concerned with how braces look.
- Comfort: No metal and no wires ensures that clear aligners are comfortable for the user. They also require fewer adjustments than traditional braces
- Ease of cleaning: Metal braces can make it very hard to brush your teeth – and almost impossible to floss – which is why electric toothbrushes and oral irrigators are often recommended. Clear aligners are removable, so you can continue brushing and flossing as normal.
- Less risk: Moving a tooth requires force, and clear aligners are no different. One of the risks is something called root resorption. This refers to a breakdown of the root of a tooth, and can lead to the loss of the tooth. The force applied by clear aligners is more gradual and nuanced than traditional braces, which could lead to a lower rate of root resorption.
- Safer on teeth: A traditional brace’s brackets has to be glued to the face of the tooth. This can lead to some of the tooth’s enamel layer to be removed when the brackets are taken off. Clear aligners use no adhesives, and pose no risk of enamel damage.
Does Invisalign and ClearCorrect sound like something you would be interested in learning more about? Cairns Precision Dental Group offers both Invisalign and ClearCorrect aligners! Book an appointment online with us today, and our dentist will find out if you are a good candidate!