Are you interested in straightening your teeth, but don’t want to deal with traditional metal braces? If so, you should consider clear aligners. Here, we’ll explain what they are, how they work, and how to determine whether you’re a good candidate for clear aligners.
At Jack Vayner DDS we are proud to offer two options of clear aligners: Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Both are ways to straighten your teeth without the need for unsightly, uncomfortable metal braces. Instead of the traditional method of brackets and wires moving your teeth, Invisalign and ClearCorrect use clear plastic aligners that are basically invisible to others so you can straighten your teeth without feeling embarrassed by the metal in your mouth. Additionally, you can take out the clear aligners while you eat and brush your teeth, and for special occasions like an interview or a date.
Whether you use ClearCorrect or Invisalign, the clear aligners will be custom-made to fit snugly over your teeth. This is so that they will gently apply pressure to the specific areas in your mouth that need to be straightened. You will wear the aligners for between 20 and 22 hours every day so that they can move your teeth to where they need to be. Your exact treatment plan depends on what exactly needs to be moved and how, but most people usually need to swap out their clean aligners every one to two weeks so that the aligners can keep moving their teeth into place. Though clear aligners are not painful, you may feel some pressure when you’ve just swapped out an old aligner for a new one.
Invisalign and ClearCorrect clear aligners are a great solution for people with many straightening needs. Clear aligners can fix underbites, overbites, crooked teeth, small gaps, and teeth that overlap onto each other. They can also correct an open bite, which is when the upper and lower teeth don’t meet up correctly, and a crossbite, which is when the upper teeth sit inside the lower teeth. However, there are some alignment issues that clear aligners won’t be able to fix. These include large gaps between your teeth, raising or lowering the position of teeth in the jaw, a very badly crooked tooth, and a midline discrepancy that’s larger than 2mm.
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