Crooked teeth present complications both for your confidence and for your other teeth. Misaligned teeth make it challenging to floss and brush sufficiently because they provide additional crevices where plaque and food residue can hide.
Luckily there are several orthodontic treatment options available to discreetly straighten your teeth so you can have the straight, healthy smile you’ve always dreamed of. Here’s how to fix crooked teeth.
How to Fix Crooked Teeth Discreetly?
As an adult, the idea of wearing classic orthodontic braces can be unappealing. The good news is that orthodontic treatment now includes subtle, clear aligners that are virtually invisible. They straighten teeth discreetly so you can achieve a healthy smile without sporting a mouth full of metal.
The benefits of using clear aligners instead of traditional wires and brackets are extensive. Advantages include:
- Controlled single tooth movement
- No dietary restrictions
- Unobstructed oral care
- Discrete and transparent appearance
When used to correct malocclusion, these new orthodontic treatment choices are convenient, fast, and effective. At Available Dental Care, we offer two treatment options using clear aligners. Invisalign and ClearCorrect are both excellent treatment methods that can fix crooked teeth.
ClearCorrect created by trusted dental brand Straumann features a series of clear aligners that you can insert and remove easily. These custom aligners change in shape as the treatment progresses and teeth straightening occurs. You will receive a new set of aligners every two weeks throughout the process.
Aligners use meticulously targeted force to coax your teeth into the desired end position. Every two weeks, the teeth move in small increments along the periodontal membrane towards their final place.
Invisalign works similarly to ClearCorrect. It also uses a series of aligners to straighten your teeth over time. Despite their many similarities, the two brands possess unique benefits that set them apart.
Invisalign is a well-known option that uses patented SmartTrack aligners that are BPA and BPS-free, making them extremely durable and safe. SmartTrack aligners also cater to individuals with allergies because they are latex and gluten-free.
Invisalign presents four treatment options based on the amount of work required to fix crooked teeth. Invisalign Full, Invisalign Express 10, Invisalign Express 5, and Invisalign Teen all offer unique benefits. The Full option is designed to treat complex malocclusion, with an expected treatment time between 12-18 months.
ClearCorrect makes their trays with polyurethane resin, which are easier to remove and more comfortable to wear long-term. They are also BPA free. ClearCorrect is designed to provide faster results than Invisalign. You’ll start to see results within a couple of weeks, and treatment can be completed in as little as 6 months.
During the passive healing part of the teeth straightening process, once the teeth have reached the ideal position, you must continue to wear your aligners as directed by the dentist. The teeth have not settled into their new position yet, and if you don’t wear your retainer your teeth will shift back to their original places.
Are Clear Aligners More Expensive Than Braces?
While they may seem like the high-tech alternative to traditional braces, that fact is that Invisalign and ClearCorrect do not cost significantly more. However, to get an accurate quote, you will need a consultation with your dentist.
The price of transparent aligners depends on how crooked your teeth are, if your bite needs corrected, and if there’s overcrowding. The level of work that needs to be done can increase the time you’ll wear the aligners. For every additional two weeks, you must wear the aligners; you’ll need a new set to encourage proper movement.
Who Is a Candidate for Clear Aligners?
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are suitable orthodontic treatment choices if you have:
- Gapped teeth
- An overbite
- An underbite
Transparent aligners are not the solution for all orthodontic problems, but they’re an excellent choice for many common misalignment issues. If you have too short or rotated teeth, you may need to choose traditional or ceramic braces.
If you choose this teeth straightening method, you are committing to wearing the clear trays for 24 hours a day, except when you’re brushing your teeth or eating. A huge advantage of wearing transparent aligners to fix crooked teeth is that you’re not restricted in what you can eat or in your oral care routine because removing the trays is quick and simple.
Most patients find that the aligners are extremely comfortable to wear because they are custom made for your mouth, so they don’t interfere with your speech or cause any discomfort.
Treatment Options at Available Dental Care
Clear aligners are one of many treatment options for how to fix crooked teeth. For teens and adults, they are especially appealing because of their subtle appearance and removability.
If you’re interested in Invisalign or ClearCorrect aligners, contact Available Dental Care today at (02) 4062 8763 to schedule an initial consultation.