If you have misalignment, then you likely want a straighter smile, but may feel uncomfortable with the idea of wearing braces. However, what if your Celina, TX, dentist could offer an alternative that is nearly invisible? With ClearCorrect®, we have a series of aligners that are made from clear plastic, and help shift the teeth into optimal positions.
The Dangers of Poor Dental Alignment
Did you know that misalignment not only impacts your smile’s appearance, but your overall oral health too? Crooked and crowded teeth provide plenty of hiding spaces for food particles to become lodged. Even brushing and flossing could fail to reach and remove them. Bacteria then feed on these particles, creating higher levels of oral acidity and coating teeth in plaque, which in turn increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. For others, misalignment could upset your bite balance, which strains jaw joints and elevates the chances of TMJ disorder and bruxism (teeth grinding).
We start the process by taking detailed digital images of your smile, which we combine to create a 3D computer model. This information is crucial for designing and creating a series of aligners made from a BPA-free plastic material. Each set is worn for about 20 to 22 hours a day over a period of two weeks. A new set is worn every two weeks, as the teeth are gently repositioned and your misalignment corrected. The total treatment time varies and depends on the cause and extent of your misalignment, but usually takes about a year for adults and around 18 months for teens.
The Benefits of Our Acrylic Aligners
First, they are clear and barely noticeable when you wear them! In addition, they fit comfortably and don’t cause the gum and cheek irritation some people report with metal braces. The aligners can also be removed before you eat, which means you don’t have to avoid certain foods or worry about particles becoming trapped in your braces. This removable factor also means you have a much easier time brushing and flossing your teeth, which lowers the risk of teeth stains, cavities, and gum disease throughout the treatment process. If you have any questions about how we use clear aligners to address your uneven teeth, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to see if they’re for you, then contact our team today to learn more.
Your Celina, TX Dentist Provides Cosmetic Braces
At our Celina, TX dentist’s office, we want to help correct your crooked, crowded, or overlapping teeth with clear and comfortable orthodontics. Don’t let your smile continue to suffer with minor or serious dental misalignment. Find out more about our cosmetic treatment options by calling Celina Family Dentistry at (214) 851-0130.