ClearCorrect – The Optimal Solution for Clear Teeth Alignment in Knoxville, TN
Misaligned teeth can negatively affect the way your smile looks and feels. Gaps between teeth, crooked teeth, or poor bite alignment, can cause wear and tear on the natural teeth with each meal. People who are self-conscious of their crooked smile may think traditional wire braces are their only hope in Knoxville, TN.
But it’s not the case! Here at Rolling Hills Dental, we love providing our patients with continued advancements in dental care, which now include the incredible technology of clear aligner therapy.
The process of ClearCorrect
ClearCorrect is a clear aligner tray process that slowly re-positions the teeth as patients progress through a series of plastic aligner trays. These trays are custom-made for individuals using digitized impressions of the teeth. These digitized impressions of your smile’s present condition and correction as designed by Dr. Lindahl are sent to the ClearCorrect laboratories where a series of trays are created. The number of trays in a patient’s series will depend on the severity of the misalignment. The more severe the misalignment is, the more trays a patient will have. *For more complete details, please scroll to read the More about ClearCorrect section below.
An important note for patients considering mail-order clear alignment solutions that don’t include a licensed dental professional in person, beware: moving teeth without a thorough examination of the overall health of your teeth and gums and continued monitoring by a licensed dental professional could result in a permanent loss of teeth. Talk about expensive and lifelong dental problems…
Clear Correct is the best invisible way to straighten your teeth without braces. To discuss this outstanding option for clear braces in the Maryville TN area, please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.
ClearCorrect is a clear aligner system used to straighten teeth as an alternative to traditional braces. Similar to other clear aligner brands (like Invisalign) available to dentists or orthodontists certified to offer them to their patients, ClearCorrect straightens teeth using a series of clear, custom-made, removable aligners that gradually move teeth a little bit at a time, eventually correcting the teeth and smile to elicit a new, revitalized look.
ClearCorrect vs. Traditional Orthodontics
In cases where ClearCorrect is not suitable for certain misalignment cases or complex bite problems, traditional orthodontics can be used. However, traditional metal braces are attached to the teeth and adjusted periodically by your dentist, and they are not removed until your treatment is complete. Also, traditional braces might hinder your ability to perform routine oral hygiene tasks and might interfere with eating and speaking.
On the other hand, the aligners are custom fit to your teeth to provide an irritation-free treatment, with nearly no adjustment discomfort.
ClearCorrect vs. Invisalign
ClearCorrect and Invisalign both are a series of clear, custom-fit, removable aligners that slowly realign teeth into the desired position. Fabricated impressions then are used to create a 3-D model of the teeth. Both are possible solutions to correcting problems such as crowded or spaced teeth, overbites, underbites and crooked (turned) teeth. ClearCorrect aligners offer enhanced clarity (meaning they’re virtually invisible) and are minimally invasive. They’re also resistant to clouding from wear.
What You Should Know
Your records — including impressions, photographs and radiographs, along with a prescription for your custom-made aligners — are sent by Dr. Lindahl to the ClearCorrect laboratory, where an exact 3-D model of your teeth is created. Your treatment team then maps out a complete treatment plan showing the gradual realignment that will re-position your teeth from their current position to where Dr. Lindahl has redesigned where the best form and function of your smile will be.
The “treatment set-up,” a computerized representation of your teeth before and after treatment, is available for viewing after treatment planning. You receive your treatment set-up by email and respond with your approval or any adjustment requests. Using the most up-to-date digital mapping and molding technology, custom aligners then are created with computer precision.
How it Works
ClearCorrect treatment involves four phases of aligner therapy. Each phase requires a new set of aligners that are worn for a three-week period. The time between each phase allows for control and flexibility.
ClearCorrect aligners are worn all the time, except when eating and drinking, or while brushing and flossing. Designed with aesthetics in mind, the aligners are barely noticeable and won’t have an impact on your daily routine.
After wearing each aligner set, results will be noticeable as your teeth begin slowly adjusting and aligning to your desired smile. Periodic check-ups with your dentist are required so your progress can be evaluated and you can be given the next set of aligners. This sequence will continue until you have achieved your new smile.
Treatment time can vary from one to two years, depending upon your specific condition and degree of misalignment. There are three treatment options available:
- The aligners are made through a combination of Dr. Lindahl‘s expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology.
- You wear each set of aligners for about 2 weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss.
- As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move – little by little, week by week – until they have straightened to the final position Dr. Lindahl has prescribed.
- You’ll visit Dr. Lindahl about once every 6 weeks to ensure that your treatment is progressing as planned.
- Total treatment time averages 9 – 15 months and the average number of aligners worn during treatment is between 18 and 30, but both will vary from case to case.
Who Can Benefit?
ClearCorrect currently is available to treat adults and teenagers. (Compare with Invisalign Teen.) Children who might not have all of their molars and senior citizens who present with more complicated dental cases also may be candidates for ClearCorrect, but should consult with their dentists to determine the treatment option that best suits their needs.
ClearCorrect can be used to treat the following orthodontic conditions:
- Crowded teeth
- Spacing between teeth
- Crooked or turned (rotated) teeth
For more information please feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment.
Dr. Marty W. Lindahl of Knoxville, TN, is dedicated to helping patients feel great about the way their smile looks and functions. If misalignment of the teeth and arch make you feel self-conscious about your appearance, we welcome you to book an appointment at Rolling Hills Dental to learn about the advantages of ClearCorrect aligner therapy and learn about the process required to achieve a new smile! Call the office at (865) 984-4444 or visit us at 2625 Old Niles Ferry Rd. Currently taking new patients!