Braces are one of the oldest, best-known, and most reliable tools in orthodontics. But for adults or busy professionals looking to get their teeth straightened, the thought of a mouth full of metal is a bit of a turnoff. What can they do? Is it possible to straighten teeth without braces?
Fortunately, the answer is a resounding “yes”! Our team at Lillybrook Dental in North Brisbane offer a clear aligner system that can straighten your teeth without the need for wire and bracket braces.
Clear Correct Clear Aligners
Clear Correct is an orthodontic tool that repositions teeth through the use of clear aligners instead of braces.
Each set of aligners is custom made to fit snugly over your teeth and apply gentle pressure. This gentle, constant pressure helps shift the teeth closer to the desired position. Every two weeks or so, you swap out to a new set of aligners that move your teeth to the next stage.
Because of the clear plastic material and form-fitting nature of Clear Correct aligners, it’s very difficult to notice when someone is wearing them. You could go an entire orthodontic treatment without people ever realising. This makes it perfectly suited for adults, models, actors, or those who are particularly concerned about the look and comfort of braces.
Benefits of Clear Aligners
The benefits of Clear Correct extend beyond their aesthetic appeal. One of the best things about using aligners instead of braces is that the aligners can be taken out to eat and clean. That means:
– No special dietary requirements. You’re free to eat and drink whatever foods you want, so long as you take your aligners out first. Clean your teeth before putting the clear aligners back in.
– No special cleaning requirements. You clean your teeth by brushing and flossing, just like you normally would. You will need to clean your aligners, but it’s very straightforward and easy to manage.
Downsides of Clear Aligners
No orthodontic tool is perfect, unfortunately. With Clear Correct, there are a few things to keep in mind.
– If you don’t wear them, they don’t work. You need to wear your aligners for around 20 hours a day for them to work properly. Some people find it easy to forget to replace their aligners after taking them out for a meal. This is one of the reasons many dentists are hesitant to use clear aligner orthodontic treatment for teenagers.
– They can’t treat the most complex cases. Teeth that are extremely crooked or overlapping will need to be treated with another method first. Often this might mean a course of conventional braces for a few months, to get the teeth into a position where Clear Correct clear aligners will be effective.
Straighter Teeth Without the Braces
If you feel you may need braces to correct some orthodontic problems, contact our friendly team at Lillybrook Dental in North Brisbane. Our dental staff will give your mouth a thorough examination and determine if Clear Correct is the right course of action for you. Start on your journey to straighter, healthier teeth today — without the braces.