How Does ClearCorrect Work?
ClearCorrect uses the same basic mechanism as traditional braces. Our bones are dynamic, constantly being built and rebuilt. In the process of rebuilding, our body sometimes reshapes bones in response to the forces on the bones. The jaw is particularly open to this reshaping, and when your teeth are under regular or constant force, the body will reshape the bone, removing bone from one side of the tooth and building it up on the other. This lets the teeth move.
Traditional braces use metal wires and brackets to move your teeth, but ClearCorrect does it with clear plastic aligners. These aligners are designed by a computer to move your teeth precisely from their initial position to the desired position in a series of steps. You wear an aligner for seven days, then switch to the next aligner. After you’ve gone through the sequence of aligners, your teeth should be where you want them.
Benefits of ClearCorrect
People are excited about the potential of clear aligner therapy for straightening your teeth. That’s because they offer many benefits over traditional braces. ClearCorrect aligners:
- Are nearly invisible
- Don’t have uncomfortable wires or brackets
- Are removable
- Let you eat all your favorite foods
- Don’t interfere with brushing and flossing
The clear plastic of ClearCorrect aligners means they are practically invisible. People won’t know you’re getting your teeth straightened unless you tell them. There are no wires or brackets to poke or cut you.
ClearCorrect aligners are removable, so you can take them off for eating, cleaning your teeth, and for special occasions. This means you can keep eating all the foods you love, and you don’t have to worry about cleaning your teeth around the brackets and wires.
Limitations of ClearCorrect
However, not everyone is a good candidate for ClearCorrect. That’s because ClearCorrect can’t handle all the cases that traditional braces can. In addition, you have to be committed to good oral hygiene, just as with braces. Although it’s easy to brush and floss with ClearCorrect, you have to do it a lot more often to protect your teeth.
Some people find that it’s hard to speak clearly while wearing aligners (though some people find this with traditional braces as well). If public speaking is something you do occasionally, this isn’t a major issue. But if you speak publicly for a living, you might find it hard to adapt, do your regular speaking, and still wear your aligners for the required 22 hours a day.
Considering Orthodontic Options in Torrance, CA?
If you are unhappy with the appearance of crooked teeth but don’t like the idea of braces with metal brackets and wires, ClearCorrect might be right for you. Let Dr. Webber help you find the best way to straighten your teeth. Please call (310) 534-3477 today for an appointment.