In orthodontic care, there’s no question that traditional braces can fix a lot of problems.
Braces can straighten your teeth, close gaps in your smile, fix overbites, and more if — for some people, this is a big, big IF — you are willing to live with brackets and wires on your teeth for a few years.
Many people can get these same results without the bracket or wires, however.
It’s not magic. It’s a modern orthodontic treatment called ClearCorrect, and you can get it at our dentist office in Highland Township, MI.
What ClearCorrect Is
ClearCorrect is a different way for you to create the straight, beautiful smile that you want to see in the mirror. It will still take a little time to move your teeth, but the way it moves your teeth is what makes it different — and in some big ways, better — than traditional metal braces.
With ClearCorrect, you will receive a custom-designed set of clear aligners. You will wear each aligner for a few weeks before switching to the next one in the series. Each aligner will gently push your teeth a little closer to where you want them to be.
By the end of your treatment, your smile can look as good as someone who spent years with metal brackets attached to his or her teeth.
Ways ClearCorrect Is Better Than Braces
As far as reaching your smile destination, both braces and ClearCorrect can get most people where they want to be. It’s a question of which path you want to take to get there.
We’ve seen what ClearCorrect has been able to do for so many patients at our dentist office in Highland Township, MI. Here are some reasons you may want to find out more about ClearCorrect if you are considering orthodontics for yourself or someone you love.
⬬ You can remove your aligners.
When you have braces, you don’t have a choice. Your brackets are bonded to your teeth, and the archwire runs between the brackets.
Plus, you have your braces on 24 hours per day, every day, until your treatment is complete. It’s not unusual for orthodontic care to last two years or more depending on what a patient needs done.
With ClearCorrect, you still have to wear your aligners a vast majority of the time, but you can remove them for up to a few hours each day. That may not seem like much, but it is a big part of the next advantage of having aligners.
⬬ You can eat what you want to eat.
If you do an online search for “foods to avoid with braces,” you will get a lot of results. People with braces are advised to avoid eating everything from apples to bagels to corn on the cob, carrots, and caramels. We won’t go through the entire alphabet, but you get the point.
Many foods can cause problems for braces by getting stuck, by bending the wires, and by breaking brackets off teeth.
Since you can take out your aligners for a few hours each day, you should remove them during meals. And if you aren’t wearing your aligners when you eat, you can eat whatever you want. Just remember to brush and floss and to clean your aligner before putting it back in your mouth.
⬬ The aligners are smooth.
Another problemwith braces is they can be irritating. We mean this in the physical sense. The brackets can scratch the soft tissues inside your mouth, and a broken wire can poke into your cheeks or gums.
ClearCorrect aligners are made of smooth plastic. There are no edges to scratch or small pieces to break away. This makes them more comfortable to wear.
⬬ The aligners are discreet.
Maybe this should have been the first item on our list.
We’ve had several adult patients who wanted straighter teeth but avoided orthodontics because they didn’t want to wear braces for professional and personal reasons.
Because the ClearCorrect aligners are transparent and custom-fitted for your teeth, they are much less noticeable when you have them on. You might be surprised how few people notice that you are wearing them.
For many patients, this alone is enough of a reason to choose ClearCorrect over braces.