Invisible aligners have changed the face of orthodontics in a big way by allowing many people to have their teeth straightened without braces. Imagine getting a beautifully straight smile without metal brackets or archwires. If you have been putting off braces because you don’t like how they look, the ClearCorrect system could be a great option for you. At Mas’ood Cajee DDS MPH in Manteca, CA, we proudly provide this treatment.
Straighten Your Teeth Discreetly
While traditional braces rely on a system of metal brackets and archwires to correct misalignment, this treatment works by using a series of clear, plastic aligners that fit over your teeth. Both systems exert gentle pressure on the membrane that guides the position of your teeth, gradually easing them into the correct position over time. The biggest difference is that while metal braces are highly visible, clear aligners are so discreet most people won’t even know you’re wearing them.
What Happens During Your Treatment
We Scan Your Teeth
The first step of this treatment involves creating digital images of your mouth. We use a special scanner that shows us exactly where each tooth is positioned. From there, we can make a plan for your treatment, mapping out how each of your teeth will move throughout the process.
Custom Aligners Are Made
After the digital images are created, we send them to ClearCorrect, where they are used to make your aligners. The aligners vary in shape, starting with a set that fits over your misaligned teeth and finishing with a set that is straight. The company sends us these aligners in the mail. Once we receive them, we test to make sure they are perfect for your needs.
You Wear Your Aligners According to the Plan
This step is where you come in. You take the aligners home and wear them throughout the day and night until your teeth are straight. The only times you should take them out are when you are eating, having a beverage, or cleaning your teeth. The goal is to have them in for at least 22 hours per day. If your consistency in wearing them drops below that, your teeth will stop moving towards their new positions.
You use each aligner for approximately 1-3 weeks, after which you switch it out for the next one in the series. Every few months, you will come into our office so that we can check on your progress. After your last set of aligners, you can celebrate having achieved a beautifully straight smile. Plus, you don’t need to worry about losing your results. ClearCorrect makes clear retainers that we might recommend wearing for some time after treatment to ensure your teeth stay right where they should.
The 11 Benefits of ClearCorrect Aligners
1. They Are Almost Invisible
We understand your aesthetic concerns about braces. While braces are a lot more subtle these days than they used to be, it’s nice to have a completely clear option. Clear aligners are so discreet they shouldn’t even be noticeable when you wear them. Plus, while some kinds of braces can stain from coffee and certain types of foods, you remove clear aligners for eating. This makes them less likely to develop visible stains.
2. They Are Extremely Comfortable
Some people don’t like the feeling of metal braces in their mouths. With clear aligners, you avoid that sensation, because they are made from a special type of plastic that is smooth and comfortable.
3. They Put the Perfect Amount of Pressure on Your Teeth
The comfort of this experience extends to the sensation of having your teeth straightened. You will not feel too much pressure at any point in the process because your orthodontist will be able to plan the aligners so that they encourage your teeth into position gently. This is because the system is based on state-of-the-art technology that gives your orthodontist the ability to work with precision.
4. They Deliver Excellent Results
At the end of the day, what matters most is the results of the treatment. Most people report significantly straighter smiles following this process. That’s because ClearCorrect has been fine-tuning its system for over two decades. Hundreds of thousands of patients have benefited from their aligners. With each patient, the company gathers feedback, using it to drive further technological advances that continuously improve the process.
Having straighter teeth is extremely beneficial to your health and your appearance. Here are just a few of the ways it improves the quality of your life:
Your Teeth Will Be Easier to Clean
When teeth overlap, they are more difficult to brush because your toothbrush can’t reach all the spaces in between them. Straightening your teeth helps prevent gum disease, bad breath, and other dental problems. You will love the fresh feeling of brushing straight teeth.
You Are Less Susceptible to Injuries and Chronic Conditions
Many issues come about as a result of misaligned teeth. Overlapping teeth can grind against each other, causing damage to the enamel. Teeth that stick out can injure the inside of your mouth. Headaches and speech problems might even result from crooked teeth. Clear aligners can help you correct your existing dental problems and safeguard your mouth against future issues. Even chewing is easier with straighter teeth.
You Will Love the Way You Look
Having straight teeth will transform your smile and give you a tremendous confidence boost. Every time you look into the mirror, you will be reminded of the fact that you did something important for your dental health. Imagine looking forward to showing off a beautiful smile every time you have your picture taken. Think of the great first impression your straight teeth will make every time you meet a new person. When your teeth look the way you want them to, you will feel professional, well-groomed, and ready for anything.
5. You Can Remove Them When You Eat
With clear aligners, you will never have to worry about getting food caught in your braces. Just take them out before each meal and remember to put them back in after you are finished. You can forget your fears about food restrictions because there aren’t any. You can eat popcorn, hard apples, and even corn on the cob. Nothing is off-limits.
6. You Take Them Out When You Brush
In addition to being able to eat whatever you want, there is another huge advantage of being able to remove your aligners: you can brush your teeth thoroughly. No need to worry about maneuvering your toothbrush around brackets and wires: with this treatment, you will have full access to all of your teeth for brushing and you can clean the aligners separately.
7. They Are Safe and Durable
Some people avoid traditional braces because they are worried about the wires popping during sports practice and other activates. While braces are very strong and this kind of situation extremely rare, it does happen from time to time. Clear aligners are very durable and safe. You won’t need to alter your normal routine in any way to accommodate them.
8. Treatment Time Is Fast
From start to finish, you can expect to achieve straighter teeth with clear aligners in a few months to a few years. This schedule is comparable to the treatment timeline for traditional braces. When you think about it, a few months or even years isn’t too much time to wait for a lifetime of straight teeth, especially because the process of getting and wearing clear aligners is so straightforward. We know you probably can’t wait to have beautiful, straight teeth, so we give them to you as quickly as possible.
9. You Might Have Dental Insurance Coverage
You should check with your insurance provider to see if your plan covers clear aligners. Many dental insurance plans take care of all or part of the cost. Additionally, you can usually pay for your aligners out of an FSA or HSA account. Even if your insurance does not cover the aligners, we might be able to make arrangements so that you can pay according to a reasonable schedule.
10. You Don’t Have to Schedule a Lot of Appointments
Your time is important, and we realize that finding a place on your calendar for an appointment with the orthodontist can be challenging. With clear aligners, most of the planning for the treatment is done during the first few steps of the process. Changing the aligners every one to three weeks at home is as simple as taking the old ones out and putting the new ones in. Usually, the only reason you need to schedule time at our practice is so that we can do a quick check on your progress.
11. It’s a System That Works for Teens and Adults
Teenagers and adults alike can benefit from the advantages of clear aligners. Everyone loves the look of straight teeth, and good dental health is important for all people.
The teenage years bring on a lot of changes, challenges, and responsibilities. From schoolwork to dating, your teen has a lot going on. Clear aligners offer a way for him or her to get a beautiful, healthy smile without being self-conscious about the look of braces. Teens will also appreciate the fact that with clear aligners they don’t need to give up their favorite foods.
Being an adult often means being in professional situations in which your appearance matters. If you don’t like the look of braces but want to straighten your teeth, clear aligners are an excellent option for you. Today, many adults are choosing to have orthodontic treatments. Taking care of your teeth is important, and it’s never too late to get the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted.
Schedule a Consultation With Us
We would love to meet you in person and tell you more about the benefits of these aligners. We can also help you understand the other treatments we offer, including traditional and ceramic braces. The recent developments in the field of orthodontics are really amazing, and by assessing your individual needs, we can find the perfect solution for you.
Look Great With Beautifully Straight Teeth
Clear aligners offer you a way to get the smile of your dreams and look great throughout the entire process. They are fast, durable, and technologically advanced. This system eliminates many of the things people worry about when they think about orthodontic treatment. They do not affect your appearance, pose food restrictions, or present problems with cleaning. Best of all, you will love your results. Clear aligners position you and your teeth for a lifetime of confidence and dental health.
Contact Mas’ood Cajee DDS MPH in Manteca, CA for more information about ClearCorrect. Our treatments will give you beautifully straight teeth through a comfortable process and excellent orthodontic care.