Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® aligners prove that effective orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to be difficult. These clear aligners have helped millions straighten their teeth and achieve better-looking smiles, and they can help you too.
ClearCorrect® clear aligners invisibly straighten your teeth over time using medical-grade plastic. These trays can be removed for eating and cleaning and make the orthodontic process more comfortable for patients because there are no wires, brackets, or elastics to worry about. Imagine being able to enjoy an apple without slicing it into small pieces or enjoying popcorn without it getting stuck in your brackets.
Using continuous pressure over a series of trays, you can see results faster and with less discomfort than traditional braces. Plus, no brackets and wires mean no sore spots on your cheeks, lips, and tongue.
After an initial visit and consultation with photos, x-rays, and 3D digital scans of your teeth, our doctors can determine if ClearCorrect® aligners will work for you. After all the preliminary work is complete, you will receive a series of trays with specific instructions for wear – usually two to three weeks per tray.
Because they can be removed, ClearCorrect® aligners require a strong commitment to consistent wear and are best suited for older, responsible teens and adults. Diligence wearing your clear aligners for the specified time will help ensure the results you want within a reasonable timeframe.
World-Class Results with Invisalign®
Are you suffering from crooked teeth, large gaps in your smile, or a misaligned bite? Are you put off by the unsightly image of a mouthful of wire braces? If so, Invisalign® braces in Auburn, ME, offers a discreet, clear alternative to achieving perfectly straight teeth. By utilizing a series of custom invisible aligners, Invisalign® corrects severe gaps and misalignments in just a fraction of the time compared to traditional wire braces. Plus, you can’t even tell that they’re there! Invisalign® is also fully removable, meaning you can eat the foods you want and maintain regular brushing and flossing without the added hassle of cleaning around braces.
Invisalign® aligners are custom-made using models of your current teeth and the result you hope to achieve. With Invisalign® aligners, you will switch to new aligners about every two weeks, with each set shifting the teeth slightly—this continues until you have achieved your final results, which usually takes about two years.
To find out if you’re a candidate for Invisalign®, give us a call or visit Taylor Brook Dental Associates today in Auburn, ME.
ClearCorrect® vs Invisalign®—what's different?
There are four main differences between ClearCorrect® and Invisalign®:
1. ClearCorrect® can be a less expensive option, but when looking at plan-to-plan comparisons the lowest cost ClearCorrect® option is a six-month treatment only--so depending on the extent of the need, the price between the two is really comparable.
2. The materials between ClearCorrect® and Invisalign® are different. ClearCorrect® tends to be a thinner and less visible option than Invisalign®, but they could also break more easily.
3. Since the two options are made from different materials, the comfort in the mouth will also vary person-to-person.
4. ClearCorrect® has been in the dentistry market about 10 years longer than Invisalign, if this is an advantage or not is up to you but longevity is a difference between the two products.
How long is the treatment period for ClearCorrect®?
ClearCorrect® treatment time can vary based on the severity of the dental issue being corrected and your dentist's advice. Usually, treatment falls into three categories:
A six-month timeframe if minimal treatment is required, i.e., correctly minor alignment issues.
A 12-month treatment if the treatment is a little more extensive and will require more time to correct.
An unlimited timeframe where the patient is provided as many aligners and needed to fully correct the issue.
How does the Invisalign® process work?
To begin, we will take photographs of your teeth and face, dental impressions of your teeth, and X-rays. Those records are sent to Invisalign® with detailed instructions on how we want the final result to appear.
Invisalign® will scan the impressions to create a 3D model of the teeth and work with your dentist to get the mold to its exact proportions. This step is done before the treatment’s commencement to give you a clear image of the projected outcome.
Once final, the trays are made and mailed to your dentist’s office. Each set of aligners in the series has to be worn continuously for about two weeks and removed only when eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. You must visit your dentist every four to six weeks to ensure treatment progresses as planned. The treatment is complete once all the set of aligners in the series are worn. The standard treatment time, which depends on the case’s complexity, usually is six months to one year. However, it is suggested that you wear a retainer after treatment is complete to stop your teeth from relocating to their original positions. Similar to the braces, the length of time the retainers should be worn may vary.
What are the advantages of ClearCorrect®?
Most people are excellent candidates for ClearCorrect® aligners. However, ClearCorrect® may not be a suitable choice for extensive orthodontic cases involving significant movement. Some may also choose fixed braces because there are no trays to lose.
ClearCorrect® is a great option for:
- Invisibly straightening your teeth
- Allow you to eat foods that are "off-limits" with traditional braces
- Making cleaning and brushing your teeth easy
Who can use Invisalign®?
Most teens and adult patients requiring mild to moderate orthodontic corrections can use Invisalign®. This includes patients with teeth that are crooked and misaligned or teeth that feature noticeable spacing problems. Invisalign® can even help patients with minor bite issues—however, not all orthodontic issues can be treated with Invisalign®. More extensive problems will require additional treatment.
If you have more questions about clear aligners, please contact our office, and we will be happy to discuss further.