Clear Correct uses a system of clear, nearly-invisible aligners to gently shift the position of your teeth. It’s an ideal choice for patients with mild orthodontic correction requirements. Clear Correct is quite similar to other plastic orthodontic products, such as Invisalign. With these treatments, teeth are gently shifted into a better position using sets of clear plastic aligners. Clear Correct aligners are tough and durable, but thin enough that they don’t interfere with your daily life.
If you’re interested in getting a straighter smile without the stress of a highly visible treatment, give our Bowling Green office a call today to set up a consultation with Dr. Packard.
The cost of Clear Correct treatments depends on the state of your teeth, and how many sets of aligners you will need. While the cost varies, Precision Dental always does our best to help our patients keep their care affordable. We have resources for our patients including a large network of insurance companies as well as financing options. If you’re interested in Clear Correct, call us today and our friendly staff will work with you to determine which options are best for you and your budget.
Caring for your aligners during your Clear Correct treatment will ensure the best results and will keep your aligners clear and invisible. To start, remember to remove the aligners while you eat. Brush and floss after every meal to prevent food and drinks from getting trapped under the aligners. At least one per day, ideally at night, clean your aligners with a toothbrush and cool water.
While this ultimately depends on many factors, including your age, severity of your alignment issues, compliance with wearing the aligners, and how many aligner trays you will need to shift your teeth, we can give you an estimate of the average treatment time.
Most people can complete their treatment in 8-14 months at our Bowling Green practice. However, more severe malocclusions such as a misaligned bite can take longer to treat. Older patients who are no longer developing will take longer to see results than children or teens.
However, the most important factor in seeing results in the alignment of your teeth and jaw is compliance with wearing your aligners. You must wear your aligners for at least 22 hours a day, every single day. You should only remove your aligners to eat and clean your teeth.
Removing your aligners too frequently can result in teeth not properly shifting, and can cause the next set of aligners to not fit. This would mean you would need to revert to your last set of aligners and prolong your treatment.
Yes, you can wear Clear Correct aligners even if you are missing a tooth. However, when a patient is missing multiple teeth, this can make treating orthodontic issues more difficult as it can make the aligner very difficult to remove.
However, we can fill in the space where missing teeth are with a pontic that is painted onto the aligner. A real pontic tooth is not in the space but the aligner gives the appearance of there being a tooth in the missing space.
A bar is typically placed across the space where the tooth used to be to keep the space open and prevent the surrounding teeth from shifting and leaning into the space. However, our Bowling Green dental office ultimately recommends that you have a dental implant placed where the missing tooth is before undergoing orthodontic treatment. Without a dental implant, the missing tooth will result in irreversible bone loss.
Engagers are similar to Invisalign’s attachments. They’re composite resin buttons that are attached to certain teeth to help the aligners exert the right amount of pressure to shift these teeth in the right direction.
The engagers are tooth-colored and blend in with the teeth but will be a raised surface (like a bump) on the teeth that the aligners hook onto. Engagers don’t need to be used on all of the teeth. The engagers can come in different shapes and sizes as they are designed for each tooth to help the aligner encourage just the right amount of force.
Different sizes and shapes encourage different movements. Engagers make more severe malocclusions treatable by helping the aligners more securely grab onto teeth and rotate them into the proper position. They can also be combined with elastics to treat bite problems. When your Clear Correct treatment is complete, the engagers will be removed from your teeth.