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ClearCorrect

 

ClearCorrect invisible braces are similar to Invisalign aligners, in a way that instead of traditional metal braces, they too use a series of aligners (similar to mouth guards) that slowly straighten your teeth and improve your smile and bite. ClearCorrect, Inc. is a company founded by dentists to serve the dental and orthodontic industries by providing cutting-edge, clear aligner systems to patients.

The aligners are removable, clear and custom-made to fit over your teeth properly and comfortably. Plus, you only need to remove them to eat or clean your teeth. They can be worn incognito daily and while you sleep. Unfortunately, ClearCorrect aligners are not for everybody. Children who have not yet developed molars, seniors with complicated dental problems and those with severe malocclusion (misalignment of the teeth) or spacing issues are typically not good candidates for this type of braces.

Common Problems Addressed by ClearCorrect

There are numerous problems that ClearCorrect invisible braces can address. Besides crooked teeth, other common health-oriented and cosmetic orthodontic problems can include:

  • Gaps between teeth
  • Crowding
  • Crooked teeth
  • Crossbite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite

Each of these make it harder for patients to reach all areas of the teeth during cleaning procedures. This can lead to numerous different dental conditions and diseases such as tooth decay, halitosis, and periodontal disease.  If you are someone who suffers from any of these oral problems, you may be a candidate for ClearCorrect Invisible Braces.

ClearCorrect Benefits

Here’s a look at what ClearCorrect invisible braces can do for you:

  • Improves the way you bite with your molars
  • Improves the appearance of your smile
  • Improves the ease of cleaning your teeth
  • Improves the alignment of your teeth
  • Improves your overall oral health
  • Improves your self-esteem
  • Less irritation to your inner cheeks and gums

Most people look to use invisible braces when they feel traditional metal braces are not suitable for their lifestyle. ClearCorrect braces are clear, very clear, and can almost always go undetected when in use. People do not see a difference in the way they speak, only in the way they feel and look. Plus, they are easily removed for eating, cleaning or other purposes.

How does ClearCorrect Work?

First, your dentist will make impressions and take photos and x-rays of your teeth and send them to ClearCorrect with a prescription for your aligners. ClearCorrect then uses your records to create 3D models of your teeth. Next, ClearCorrect and your dentist create and execute a treatment plan that shows gradual adjustments of your misaligned teeth into their correct position. You and your dentist will be able to see these steps in a computerized presentation before and after treatment.

It is said that when the patient receives his or her new aligner the teeth and gums are tender and sore for a few days. This is similar to traditional braces. Treatment can last one to two years, depending on several unique factors of the patient. ClearCorrect trains their dentists to use a step/phase process to treat their patients. Each phase requires a new set of aligners that are worn during a 3-week period. If the patient needs only minor straightening, there’s usually a 12-step process that is delivered in 3 phases. If the patient has more complex issues, a 32-step process that is delivered in 8 phases is required.

At the point of receiving a new aligner, your teeth will continue to shift into the desired position. Like with traditional dental braces, regular and frequent check-ups are required to ensure the process and treatment is working properly. Generally, it’s a good sign the treatment is working at the end of each phase when there are noticeable results, and when the new aligners are first worn, the mouth is sore.

ClearCorrect Cost

The average cost of ClearCorrect invisible braces ranges from $2,500 to $5,500, depending on factors such as the complexity of your case. Like other orthodontic treatment procedures, dental insurance plans usually cover the cost of ClearCorrect to the same extent they would cover traditional metal dental braces. It’s always important to find out for sure, as many dental plans are unique to their members. Talk with your dental care provider about your coverage.

Find a ClearCorrect Dentist

Dentists and orthodontists must be trained and qualified in order to offer ClearCorrect to their patients. They receive a one-day course and there are no annual minimum cases or continued education classes they have to take. There is an e-course being scheduled for release in January 2011. This should make it easier for dentists to complete the course and become certified to use this product. The easiest way to find a dentist in your area, who is certified to offer you ClearCorrect invisible braces, is at the ClearCorrect website: http://www.clearcorrect.com/

Questions to Ask Your Dentist

Here are some questions you may or may not want to ask your dentist about ClearCorrect aligners:

  • Are you certified to use the ClearCorrect invisible aligners?
  • How many of your patients choose to wear ClearCorrect?
  • What do you like and dislike more about ClearCorrect versus other invisible aligners?
  • Do you think ClearCorrect will benefit me more than other types of orthodontic braces?
  • How long do you think I will need to wear these aligners?
  • If I need to wear metal braces now, can I eventually switch to ClearCorrect? Will it cost extra to switch?
  • What is the maximum amount of time I can go without wearing them?
  • Will the aligners affect my speech? If so, for how long?

Page updated March 2011

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