When a dentist needs to address issues of alignment, overcrowding, spaces between teeth, and crooked teeth, orthodontic treatments are used to correct the teeth. These procedures include treatments such as the installation of conventional braces, use of ClearCorrect® aligners, and alignment maintenance with the help of a retainer.
Braces, as we know them today, have been used since the 1800s. These devices help correct overcrowding, crooked teeth, and gaps. Traditional metal braces use wires and brackets attached to the teeth to gradually move teeth into place. These braces are worn for approximately 18 to 36 months. The brackets and wires have improved over the years and are now at their most effective and comfortable. However, they are accepted as one of the most effective ways to move teeth into place in the shortest time frame. If you think that your smile would benefit from having braces, make an appointment with Dr. Green to see if traditional braces will work for you.
ClearCorrect® aligners are orthodontic devices used to gradually align a person’s teeth over time. The aligners themselves are made from medical grade plastic and are virtually invisible when worn. The aligners can help a person achieve a more appealing smile and are not as noticeable as traditional metal braces. As 22 percent of orthodontic treatments are performed on adults, products like ClearCorrect® aligners are a popular choice for patients who don’t like the appearance of metal braces.
The ClearCorrect® aligners are designed to the meet the precise specifications of a patient’s mouth and gradually shift teeth into place as the aligner sets are changed out. Each aligner is worn for about 2-3 weeks and then changed out for the next step. The aligners should be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours each day in order to provide the desired results. These aligners can be taken out, which makes it much easier to perform oral hygiene habits including brushing and flossing. There are also no food restrictions because they can come out for eating and hygiene. Depending on how severe the overcrowding or spacing issues are treatment times can range from 12 months to 2 years.
Feel free to email us regarding any scheduling or general questions!