We offer an array of options for patients who want to straighten their smiles effectively. Dr. Elizabeth Duling provides clear braces as a conservative and minimally invasive treatment in Owens Cross Roads, AL. Invisalign, ClearCorrect, and Six Month Smiles are modern methods of realigning the teeth and typically offer quicker treatment than traditional methods.
As a cosmetic dental treatment, straightening crooked teeth can prevent problems like shifting teeth, overcrowding, tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Because they are difficult to clean, misaligned teeth are more prone to decay or infection. Straightening teeth is actually preventative care.
Invisalign uses clear plastic aligners that are used to gradually straighten teeth over time. Dr. Duling will take dental impressions of teeth to create the custom aligners. She will then map out each aligner that is worn according to the impression. The aligners are worn for 22 hours a day and are switched every two weeks as teeth shift. Invisalign allows patients to comfortably realign their teeth while being able to eat the foods they love.
Like Invisalign, ClearCorrect uses clear removable plastic aligners. However, ClearCorrect aligners are thinner and less visible. Patients who receive ClearCorrect do not have any dietary restrictions and can easily brush and floss their teeth. ClearCorrect is also more comfortable than traditional metal braces.
To begin treatment, Dr. Duling will take digital impressions of the patient’s teeth. The impressions are then sent ClearCorrect where they create the clear plastic aligners. Aligners should be gently brushed with a toothbrush and water. Although ClearCorrect aligners are less visible and easier to maintain, they are more fragile and prone to damage.
Six Month Smiles
Six Month Smiles are braces that use clear, lightweight brackets and tooth-colored wires. This system gently straightens teeth in an average time of only 6 months. Patients with mild to severe cosmetic issues benefit from this treatment. Although Six Month Smiles requires special care to clean around the wires and brackets, it can produce results fast.
Why Straighten Your Smile?
For starters, straightening your smile is a want for aesthetic purposes. Everyone wants a straight, beautiful smile that they aren’t afraid to show off. You shouldn’t be holding back or hiding your smile when you’re laughing or out in public. But crooked teeth can actually cause dental problems as well, not just aesthetic ones.
Crooked teeth are harder to clean. They’re often cramped, making it hard to clean all of the surface areas of your smile. If you aren’t able to clean your teeth properly, you’re at a higher risk of plaque and tartar buildup. This means that you’re more likely to develop tooth decay and gum disease.
When you have crooked teeth, your bite is uneven as well. When you close your jaw, the pressure isn’t evenly distributed across your entire smile. Some of your teeth may chip or break because they’re taking on more pressure than they should be. Uneven bites are also a trigger for TMJ disorders, causing pain and issues with functionality in your jaw joint.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can clear aligners stain my teeth?
Yes, it is possible for clear aligners to stain your teeth. Even though they are more convenient than braces, they still require some maintenance to ensure they remain clear and clean. The aligner must be removed and cleaned at least once day. This prevents any build-up on the aligners which can easily stain the teeth. Additionally, after eating, you must brush your teeth. All the tiny food particles will be removed and reduce the chances of staining your teeth.
Can I drink anything with clear aligners on?
There are many kinds of beverages you must avoid when wearing clear aligners. Any and all hot drinks should never be consumed. The heat can actually warp the shape of the aligners and set your treatment off course. Also, we recommend avoiding staining and sugary drinks. Sugar can get trapped under the aligners and lead to decay. Staining drinks such as fruit juice or soda can stain the aligners and your teeth. Water should be the only thing you drink with the aligners on.
Do clear aligners hurt?
Clear aligners are much more comfortable than braces. Braces are bulky and are comprised of metal pieces that can harm the inside of your mouth. Clear aligner are thin pieces of plastic that are perfectly molded to fit over your teeth. However, when a new set of aligners are put in, you may experienced some slight pressure as they move the teeth into alignment. Most patients get used to it fairly quickly.
Contact Dr. Elizabeth Duling
Do you want to straighten your smile? Call Dr. Duling at 256.202.4186 or schedule an appointment with her on our website.