- avg. recovery
About the Procedure
Individuals with crooked teeth or gaps in their smile may lack confidence when in social situations or taking a picture. Adults may be wary to seek treatment for imperfect smiles, worried that treatment may require wearing bulky metal braces for months or years. However, correcting crooked teeth is now much more discreet. ClearCorrect is a brand of clear aligners designed to gradually straighten the teeth with a series of custom trays. Other clear aligner systems include Invisalign, Simpli5, and Smile Direct Club. Much like other orthodontic systems, a visit to the orthodontist is first needed to determine if your individual case can be corrected with the ClearCorrect system or if a more aggressive treatment is needed to adjust the position of the jaw. A scan will be taken of the teeth and mouth which is sent to ClearCorrect in order to create the custom trays used to adjust the smile. Once the tray is created, it will be sent to your orthodontist's office as will subsequent replacement trays. Patients will go to their orthodontist to ensure proper fit of the tray which should be worn for a period of 2 weeks before it is exchanged with the next aligner in the treatment series. Trays will be worn and replaced every 2 weeks for the duration of treatment which will last several months to a few years depending on the needs of the patient.
The goal of ClearCorrect aligners is to improve a number of dental imperfections such as crowding, too much space between teeth, overbite, crossbite, openbite, and overjet.
What to Expect
ClearCorrect is a brand of clear aligners designed to gradually adjust the position of crooked and misaligned teeth. Here is a quick guide for what to expect before, during, and after ClearCorrect.
- Digital scan to take 3D images of teeth
- Molds and x-rays taken to create unique trays
Trays changed every two weeks until teeth have shifted into their final positions. Aligners are typically worn for at least 20 hours a day, only being removed for eating or brushing the teeth.
Once the aligners are in place, there is typically minimal irritation and discomfort associated with the ClearCorrect straightening system. No recovery time is needed however it may take a few days to adjust to speaking while wearing the trays.
The ideal candidates for ClearCorrect are those whose teeth are generally in good health and wish to improve dental imperfections such as mildly crooked or protruding teeth and other malocclusions such as mild overbites, underbites, gaps, overcrowding, open bites, crossbites, and overjet.
Not Recommended For
The ClearCorrect system is not recommended for children as their mouths are still growing and usually do not have the dedication to finish the program. Patients with severe orthodontic issues are not candidates because the jaw needs to be shifted.
Side effects from ClearCorrect are minor and typically temporary but may include impediments or hindrance to proper and comfortable speech, excessive salivation, bad breath, dry mouth, and gum irritation.