Millions of adults across the country wish they had straight teeth, but aren’t willing to sacrifice their professional image by wearing traditional metal braces. One way that Drs. Cassie Allison and James Halpert can help straighten your smile is with a treatment called ClearCorrect in Colleyville. With this series of translucent, removable plastic trays, you don’t have to worry about your orthodontic appliance getting in the way when you’re eating or cleaning your teeth. To learn more about this amazing treatment and whether it’s just the thing your smile needs, call us to schedule a consultation.
Your ClearCorrect journey begins with our dentists taking digital impressions of your smile. By evaluating these images, we can create a personalized treatment plan for you to attain a beautifully straight smile. All of the data is then sent to the ClearCorrect company, where they craft a series of models to design your clear aligners, with each one shifting a tiny portion of your smile at a time until the entire thing is perfectly aligned. Using a 3D printer, the aligners are molded precisely to ensure they fit you comfortably and move your teeth effectively.
Orthodontic treatment only works if the teeth are moved gradually, so you’ll have to wear each set of aligners for a few weeks before moving on to the next one. For the aligners to be effective, you should wear them for at least 22 hours a day. Essentially, that means you should only remove them to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
Generally, the older you are, the longer it takes to straighten your smile. This is because your teeth are more firmly embedded in your jaw. However, this doesn’t mean it can’t be done.
On average, ClearCorrect treatment can be completed in about 12 months. The exact duration of the time you’ll spend wearing the aligners will depend on various factors like how misaligned your teeth originally were and how diligent you are about wearing your aligners as often as you should.
When clear aligners were first invented, they were more expensive than metal braces. As the technology improved, the costs of this treatment have gone down and are now comparable to traditional bracket-and-wire options. Individual needs can vary, which is why the only way to know for sure how much you’ll pay for ClearCorrect is by scheduling a consultation with us.
It’s also worth mentioning the long-term benefits of straightening your smile sooner rather than later. Not only will your grin be more attractive, but when you have a well-aligned bite, your teeth are at a lower risk for grinding and enamel erosion. This means less jaw pain, better sleep, a decreased need for major restorative procedures, and a generally healthier mouth. In addition to beautifying your smile, straightening your teeth with ClearCorrect can save you money in the long run and improve your overall health.