Posts for tag: orthodontics

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!

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
April 11, 2017
Category: Dental Procedures

Find out if you could get the straight results you want with this clear orthodontic treatment.invisalign

When you smile, what do you notice? Are some of your teeth crooked? Do you have spacing or crowding issues? Do you wish there was something you could do about it? Well, now you can. Our Ann Arbor, MI, dentists Drs. Wayne and Brett Walcott offer Invisalign and Clear Correct so teens and adults can finally get the ideal smiles they’ve always wanted without having to wear metal braces.

So, who is a good candidate for getting Invisalign or Clear Correct in Ann Arbor? Here are some things to consider before getting this orthodontic treatment:

The Severity of Your Dental Issues

Invisalign or Clear Correct can be a great way to fix certain commonplace issues such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, crowded teeth and gaps between teeth. Of course, if our Ann Arbor general dentists determine that any of the issues you are facing are rather severe, then it may not be in your best interest to get this treatment option.

Your Age

Invisalign or Clear Correct are a great option for both older teens and adults but not children. Why? Children’s teeth are always growing and changing, which means that it would be nearly impossible to create Invisalign or Clear Correct aligners with the proper fit since your child’s teeth are changing. Our dentist can evaluate your teen and determine if they are the ideal candidate. Of course, there is no maximum age when it comes to getting Invisalign. In fact, it’s a great way for adults to finally get the straight smile they’ve always wanted.

How Dedicated You Are to Achieving a Straighter Smile

As you may already know, Invisalign or Clear Correct aligners are removable. This means that you can take them out before eating and drinking, as well as before brushing and flossing. Of course, the rest of the time you should be wearing your aligners. The less time you spend wearing them the longer your treatment will be. Therefore, it’s important that whoever is getting this treatment is fully dedicated to following instructions and wearing the aligners as much as possible.

Are you interested in finding out what Invisalign or Clear Correct can do for you? If so, then it’s time you called our Ann Arbor, MI, dental office to schedule your consultation. It’s never too late to get the smile you’ve always wanted.

By Wayne E Walcott, DDS, MS & Brett J Walcott, DDS
August 02, 2016
Category: Dental Procedures

Orthodontic problems affect people of all ages. While treatment is most common between the ages of 9 and 14, when the teeth and invisible bracesbones in the jaw are still developing and therefore easier to realign, it's never too late. However, many older teenagers and adults can be understandably reluctant to consider traditional metallic braces due to cosmetic and social concerns about how they will affect their appearance and quality of life. With the development of Invisalign and Clear Correct, dentists and orthodontists can offer older patients the orthodontic treatment they need, without the metal and wires.

Invisalign or Clear Correct in Ann Arbor, MI

Invisalign or Clear Correct consists of a series of custom designed, clear trays that gradually shift the teeth into alignment, much like traditional wire braces. Unlike braces, they are made of high-quality plastic, making them virtually invisible to the naked eye, and a great alternative to metal. The length of treatment is generally 15 months, depending on the patient. And unlike braces, clear aligner therapy can be removed for up to an hour or two a day, which allows for comfortable eating, brushing, and flossing.

The dentists at Ann Arbor, MI based Walcott Dental recommend Invisalign or Clear Correct for healthy adults and qualified teenagers who are looking for a more discreet way to fix bite problems, crowding, and excessive spacing between the teeth.

  • Have you been putting off orthodontic treatment over concerns about how braces will affect your personal and professional life?
  • Are you worried about giving up the foods you love and maintaining an oral health routine with traditional braces?

If so, Invisalign or Clear Correct may be a good alternative.

Find a Dentist in Ann Arbor

Invisalign or Clear Correct is the ideal solution for adults and qualified teenage patients looking for a discreet, natural looking alternative to traditional metallic braces. For more information, and to find out if you are a good candidate for clear aligners, contact Walcott Dental in Ann Arbor, MI by calling (734) 994-3700 to schedule an appointment for a consultation today.