It’s a brave new world in orthodontics. While conventional braces are still the right option to straighten teeth for some folks, others use systems like Invisalign or ClearCorrect.
Instead of wires and brackets, Invisalign and ClearCorrect use a series of clear aligners to straighten your teeth. The BPA-free plastic aligners fit snugly over your own teeth. You switch out your aligner for a new one every few weeks.
Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect offer practically invisible alignment. So you or your family member will probably be less self-conscious about your orthodontics!
Choosing the Right Orthodontics Option
At Family Dental of Spokane Valley, we work with both Invisalign and ClearCorrect. And we work with conventional braces too.
Dr. Craig Ellsworth, our Spokane Valley, WA dentist, will sit down with you to go over your dental needs. He will walk you through all of your orthodontics options so you can make an informed decision about which one is right for you or your family member.
Some important considerations for choosing the right orthodontics option:
- What issues are you trying to correct? While clear aligners can be used to correct overbite, underbite, crowded teeth, and gapped teeth, they won’t work as well for certain types of teeth movement. If you need to move teeth vertically or rotate your canines or premolars, braces may work better than aligners.
- How old are you? Aligners also may not be the best orthodontics option for children or patients in their early teenage years. We don’t generally recommend clear aligners for patients whose teeth are still growing.
- How much discipline do you have? Unlike conventional braces, you can remove aligners to eat or for other reasons. While this is a benefit in many ways, taking them out too often can extend your treatment time. If you or your family member will be tempted to remove them frequently, braces might be a better option.
- Is cost a consideration? Depending on the length of treatment and other factors, clear aligners typically cost more than conventional braces. We can help you determine how much each option will cost.
Benefits of Invisalign, ClearCorrect
Most people, especially older teenagers and adults, don’t like the mouthful of metal you get with braces. (That said, you can now choose a color other than silver/gray for the wires. Braces may be more appealing with wires in a favorite color.)
Besides their low-profile appearance, the advantages of clear aligners like Invisalign and ClearCorrect include:
- More comfortable. The wires and brackets used in braces may rub against your mouth, causing discomfort. Most people find aligners more comfortable to wear than braces.
- Easier on teeth. Braces can occasionally chip or even break teeth. That type of damage should not occur with aligners.
- Easier to clean. Because you can remove clear aligners, it is easier to keep them – and your teeth – clean. No more trying to remove bits of food from braces!
- Easier to enjoy different foods. With aligners, you can enjoy the foods you want, even treats like caramel apples and popcorn balls. Sticky treats are a no-no with braces.
Getting the Most Out of Your Aligners
You decided to get clear aligners instead of braces. Dr. Ellsworth took scans of your teeth, which were used to create your aligners. He worked out a treatment plan with you in our Spokane Valley, WA office. Your first clear aligners have arrived. So what do you need to know?
These tips will help you get the maximum benefit from your aligners:
- Make sure you know how to insert your clear aligners. We will walk you through it the first time. If you have any questions, make sure to ask! It can be helpful to use a mirror the first few times you do it on your own. Do not try to bite the aligner into place, as that could damage it.
- Keep your aligners clean. Remove your aligners before eating or before drinking anything but water. Brush your teeth before reinserting your aligners to avoid staining them and to avoid a buildup of bacteria. You can clean your aligners with a soft toothbrush and toothpaste. If you can’t brush your aligners, try to rinse your mouth out and clean the aligners in warm water before returning them to your mouth.
- Wear your aligners the recommended amount of time. Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect should be worn at least 20 hours a day. Ideally, you will remove them only for eating. Not sticking to this plan will often result in a longer treatment period.
Clear Aligners: We Can Help You Decide
Our Spokane Valley, WA dentist Dr. Craig Ellsworth has experience working with both Invisalign and ClearCorrect clear aligners. So he can help you determine if one of them is right for you or your family member.