Many people think of alignment issues as a problem that predominately affects teens. In reality, countless dental patients suffer from crooked teeth, a misaligned bite, or poor dental spacing, including many adults. While most teens tend to rely on traditional braces to correct malocclusion problems, adults are often hesitant to wear unsightly braces that consist of brackets and wires to align the teeth and jaw. ClearCorrect is a metal-free, teeth-straightening system that uses clear, plastic aligners to provide results that are similar to those of braces. Patients who want to know if they are ideal ClearCorrect candidates at the Chicago, IL, dental practice of Dr. Robert W. Hessberger should consider the following questions.
What Orthodontic Issues am I Trying to Correct?
There is a wide range of malocclusion problems that may require orthodontic treatment. Fortunately, ClearCorrect can address essentially all of the same issues that are corrected by traditional braces, including those affecting both the teeth and jaw. Some of the orthodontic problems that have been successfully treated with ClearCorrect include:
- Gapped teeth
- Crooked or overlapping teeth
- Open bite
How Severe are My Malocclusion Problems?
It is important to consider the severity of a patient’s orthodontic issues when determining if they will be ideal candidates for ClearCorrect treatment. Although ClearCorrect can address just about any type of malocclusion problem, it is most successful in treating cases that are minor to moderate in severity. If a patient has advanced cases of misalignment, they will likely be better suited for traditional braces.
Do I Want a More Discreet Treatment Than Traditional Braces?
Most patients are suitable candidates for either traditional braces or ClearCorrect treatment. In these cases, the best treatment option really comes down to each patient’s personal preference. One of the biggest factors to consider when deciding if ClearCorrect is a good option for you is whether you would prefer a treatment option that is more discreet than traditional braces. Braces are made up of metal brackets and wires that stand out easily against the teeth and can detract from the beauty of the smile. While undergoing ClearCorrect treatment, patients progress through a series of clear, plastic aligners that are virtually invisible. Because ClearCorrect aligners are clear and fit so closely over the teeth, it is unlikely that anyone will even notice you are wearing them.
Am I Worried about Caring for Braces?
Another factor for a patient to consider when choosing between ClearCorrect and traditional braces is how concerned they are about caring for braces. Braces make it more difficult to floss and brush the teeth thoroughly. The brackets and wires of braces can become easily damaged or broken, so patients must also be careful about what they eat. Many patients worry about how well they will be able to care for their braces. ClearCorrect aligners are much simpler to care for. They are completely removable, so a patient can take them out anytime they eat, brush, or floss. Because of this, patients can care for the teeth just like normal, and do not have to deny themselves any of their favorite foods.
If you are interested in learning if ClearCorrect is an appropriate orthodontic treatment for you, contact us at your earliest convenience. Dr. Robert W. Hessberger can examine your teeth and let you know if you are an ideal candidate for ClearCorrect, based on your unique needs and desires.