Posts for: April, 2018

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
April 23, 2018
Category: Dental Procedures

Do you have questions about Invisalign or Clear Correct from your Ann Arbor, MI, dentist?invisalign, clear correct

Unlike traditional braces, Invisalign and Clear Correct are discreet. They consist of plastic, clear aligners. If a patient has minor tooth imperfections, like slightly crooked teeth, small gaps, or improperly positioned teeth, Invisalign or Clear Correct are a great option.

Traditional braces may be necessary if there are major cosmetic issues, like severe overbite, or major crowding.

Invisalign or Clear Correct work by applying forces to each tooth to place them in their proper position. The clear, flexible plastic is custom-designed using a specialized software. It is convenient for adults and older teens who have job interviews, weddings, or prom to attend.

The treatment may take about one year, depending on your dental needs, and consists of trays that fit your upper and bottom teeth. Trays should be worn for a minimum of 20 hours per day, and can be removed if you have an event, but that's unnecessary since they're invisible.

Invisalign or Clear Correct allow you to have more dietary choices. Simply biting into an apple can ruin traditional wires, but you don't need to worry about that when it comes to clear aligners. Aligners are comfortable because the thin, flexible material doesn't irritate soft tissues in the mouth, unlike metal wires of braces. There's definitely an improved oral hygiene since the trays are removable. This means you can brush and floss your teeth with ease, as well as clean out the trays. If you have a teeth-grinding problem, clear aligners can act as a nightguard.

In order to take proper care of your clear aligners, as mentioned above, you need to clean them out daily. Rinse them with lukewarm water and use a brush to remove food debris. Also, brush your teeth twice a day, at the very least, and floss at least once before bed.

Visit your Ann Arbor dentist periodically during and after your treatment. You'll need to wear retainers given to you and have your teeth professionally cleaned to prevent plaque buildup and formation of cavities.

If you have any questions or need more information about Invisalign or Clear Correct, call your Ann Arbor, MI, dentists, Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott, at (734) 994-3700 today!