If you’ve always longed for straight teeth but have dreaded the restrictions and appearance of braces, ClearCorrect could be the perfect solution for you. ClearCorrect is an FDA-approved way to straighten your teeth using a series of clear plastic aligners instead of metal braces. Since they’re clear, no one around you will even notice that you’re wearing them!
ClearCorrect can be used to treat nearly everything that braces can treat, from overbites and underbites to crowded teeth. For more severe cases, it has been used in partnership with surgical intervention and other treatments. The aligners work by putting pressure on your teeth, encouraging them to slowly shift in the desired way. While you would visit a dentist once a month to have your braces tightened, ClearCorrect allows you to make all these adjustments in the comfort of your home—simply switch to a new set of aligners every two weeks or so. You will still need to visit Dr. Alhadef regularly, however, to ensure that your teeth are shifting as expected.
When you decide on ClearCorrect, Dr. Alhadef will send X-rays, pictures, and an impression or laser scan of your teeth to the ClearCorrect team. Cutting-edge technology will be used to create a 3-D digital model of your mouth, which the team will use to map out the changes that your teeth will undergo during the treatment. This information will be paired with input from Dr. Alhadef, including the end goals for your teeth and how often you plan on switching aligners, to help the team create an individualized treatment plan for you.
Convenient, Comfortable, and Clear
ClearCorrect has been incredibly successful due to the huge number of advantages that clear aligners have over braces. In addition to their ability to go unnoticed, which can be a huge help for adults or self-conscious teenagers, the smooth plastic of the aligners makes them much more comfortable. ClearCorrect aligners won’t scratch or cut the inside of your mouth, which the metal wiring and edges of braces are known to sometimes do.
Additionally, the aligners are removable, allowing you to eat whatever you want during the course of the treatment. The removability of the aligners makes dental hygiene a breeze, as you can simply brush your teeth and floss as usual before popping your ClearCorrect aligners back in; there’s no need to negotiate around metal wiring in order to clean your teeth. You shouldn’t remove your aligners for too long, however, as they need to be in for at least 22 hours a day in order to straighten your teeth effectively.
Like any treatment, there are a number of factors that go into determining what the best option is for you. If you’re considering ClearCorrect, feel free to set up a consultation appointment with Dr. Alhadef to discuss your options.
Are there any downsides to ClearCorrect?
The only potential downside for ClearCorrect is its cost; it tends to be more expensive than traditional braces. The cost varies greatly, however, depending on the severity of your case, the length of your treatment, and how many aligners need to be made for you. Treatment costs can range from $2,000 to $8,000 before your dental insurance helps with the price. Many insurances offer a flat dollar amount or percentage for teeth straightening treatments, so you will likely pay more for your ClearCorrect aligners than you would for traditional braces.
Are there any health benefits to straightening my teeth?
There are a number of health benefits to straightening your teeth, depending on how severe your case is. Crooked teeth are harder to clean, so having straight teeth will enable you to clean and floss your teeth more thoroughly, lessening your chance of getting cavities and gum disease. Some patients with an uneven bite suffer from chronic headaches; if this is the case for you, straightening your teeth can help get rid of your headaches for good.
How long does treatment take?
Treatment time depends on a number of factors, including the severity of your case and how well you follow Dr. Alhadef’s directions. On average, however, patients wear their aligners for between one and three years.
How do I care for my aligners?
You should clean your aligners daily with cool water, a non-abrasive toothpaste, and a soft-bristled toothbrush; never use hot water to clean or rinse your aligners, as this can cause the plastic to become deformed. If this happens, call Dr. Alhadef immediately to see if you can move on to the next aligner or if you need to order a replacement for the aligner that was damaged. Although the plastic is stain-resistant, coming into constant contact with food that is stuck to your teeth can stain the aligners, making them more visible. To prevent this, you should brush your teeth after every meal—before you put your aligners back in.
Will the aligners hurt?
When you move on to a new aligner, you will likely experience some discomfort or soreness for a couple of days. This is similar to the discomfort that patients feel when their braces are tightened by their orthodontist, as the new aligner is exerting more pressure upon your teeth.