Shelley D. had been a thumb-sucker when she was a baby. That caused one of her top teeth to be out of alignment. Her smile wasn’t horrible but the misaligned tooth would cast a shadow on her other teeth when she smiled. That made her very self-conscious and affected how much she smiled.
And when you’re reluctant to smile, it can have long-term effects on personal and business dealings. Studies have shown that people respond better to those who smile often.
Because of her teeth, Shelley D. learned to angle her head a certain way when she had a picture taken. She learned how to make it so the affected tooth wouldn’t show.
in the ‘60s when she grew up, dental braces were not very common, so the problem with her teeth was something she reluctantly learned to live with. When she grew up, she looked into the option of metal braces but found the cost to be a little too high. She also didn’t want to have a mouthful of metal as an adult.
Then a staff member at Highland Advanced Dental Care in Highland Township, MI, suggested that she might want to look into ClearCorrect. ClearCorrect uses clear aligners that straighten teeth gradually and invisibly, without metal braces.
Shelley opted for ClearCorrect and was very satisfied. She is now very confident in her smile and doesn’t have to think when she’s getting a picture snapped. All of her angles are good angles.
What Is ClearCorrect?
ClearCorrect is a short-term adult orthodontic solution. It’s clear aligners are used to straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional metal braces. ClearCorrect can produce a beautiful smile like traditional braces can, but without the annoying brackets and wires.
ClearCorrect can be used to treat the following orthodontic conditions:
- Crowded teeth
- Spacing between teeth
- Crooked or turned (rotated) teeth
ClearCorrect treatment involves phases of aligner therapy. Each phase requires a new set of aligners that are worn for a three-week period. The time between each phase allows for control and flexibility.
ClearCorrect are often called “clear braces,” because they’re a series of clear plastic trays that fit comfortably over your teeth, like a mouthguard or teeth-whitening tray.
Each aligner is made specifically to gently nudge your teeth to where they should be a little bit at a time. About every three weeks, you’ll put in a new aligner.
You’ll wear these aligners for most of the day, but they can also be removed any time. You can take them out when you eat, or if you have a special occasion to attend. That’s much more convenient than traditional metal braces!
The duration of the ClearCorrect treatment depends on your particular situation. While traditional metal braces can take up to two or three years to achieve an effect, ClearCorrect can give you a great smile in as little as one year.
The Difference Between Metal Braces and ClearCorrect
Traditional metal braces are attached to the teeth and your dentist adjusts them periodically. Some patients think that the adjustment process is uncomfortable.
Metal braces stay on your teeth and are not removed until your treatment is complete. Since they’re always there, there’s a good chance that it could affect your oral hygiene. There are lots of places for food and debris to hide in a mouthful of metal braces.
Even though they don’t look anything like regular metal-and-wire braces, don’t be fooled. ClearCorrect is an orthodontic system.
That means it can help with dental issues that make you self-conscious about your smile. You might have large gaps between your teeth, your teeth may be overcrowded, or they may stick out at odd angles. Those are the types of issues that ClearCorrect can help.
Is ClearCorrect is the right orthodontic treatment option for you? Give us a call at 248-329-3552 to set up a consultation. You can also use our convenient online form to reach us. Dr. James E. LoCascio will go over your options with you to see if you’re a suitable candidate for ClearCorrect.
Having a crowded or ugly smile means you probably need orthodontics. But there’s no need to worry about embarrassing metal braces that take forever to work. With our ClearCorrect system, you can fix your smile quickly without anyone knowing about it.