The development of clear aligner systems revolutionized orthodontic treatment. Today’s patients enjoy the opportunity to straighten teeth and resolve bite problems with discreet, comfortable treatment options. Especially appealing to adult patients, clear aligners can reposition the teeth without the hassles of metal braces, often in less time. Visit your dentist in Greeley, CO at Thompson Advanced Dentistry for cosmetic dentistry today.
Dr. Thompson is a Greeley, CO Invisalign provider who also offers ClearCorrect for adult patients seeking short-term orthodontic treatment for various concerns. Clear aligners can treat mild to moderate bite problems and create a beautiful, more symmetrical smile that will boost your confidence in your appearance while improving dental health.
Invisalign: How Does It Work?
Invisalign clear aligners are specially designed using CAD/CAM software that will create a personalized treatment plan for your needs using your unique digital impressions. Dr. Thompson will use a handheld device to take your impressions in the comfort of our office. We evaluate your bite with high-resolution imagery as part of the planning process and to design your unique aligners.
The clear aligner system will gradually reposition the teeth with gentle forces that produce minimal discomfort for most patients. Some will experience a pressure sensation after a new pair of aligners is placed, but this is temporary and typically managed easily with over-the-counter pain medication.
The number of aligners, which will determine your overall treatment time, depends on the severity of your dental health concerns or your cosmetic goals. Dr. Thompson will provide an estimated treatment time after your initial consultation, and periodic checkups throughout your treatment will ensure your progress is on track.
Clear Aligners: What are the benefits?
When it comes to orthodontic treatment, many adult patients resist treatment due to the embarrassment associated with wearing traditional metal braces and the added inconveniences of diet restrictions and discomfort. These are not concerns when being treated using clear aligners. Invisalign and ClearCorrect offer patients several key benefits to consider:
- Discreet orthodontic treatment: virtually invisible, clear aligners will straighten your smile without anyone knowing you are wearing clear aligners.
- Comfortable treatment: the clear aligners are made of a special plastic material that does not irritate the soft tissues and the gums, a common issue with metal wires and brackets.
- Faster treatment times: when compared to traditional options, clear aligners often achieve treatment goals in less time.
- NO dietary restrictions: enjoy your favorite foods when using Invisalign or ClearCorrect because the clear aligners can be removed for meals and snacks.
- Easy oral hygiene: removable aligners make it easy to brush thoroughly and floss daily to minimize your risk of tooth decay and other dental concerns.
Invisalign Vs. ClearCorrect
Both options are clear aligner systems to straighten your smile, but that doesn’t mean they’re identical. A dentist has to prescribe both options, and you get regular visits with the dentist to ensure your treatment is progressing as it should. You’ll have to wear the aligners for the same time each day, and the average treatment time is around 12-18 months. The solutions are very similar in many ways, but which one is the best option for you?
Invisalign is the most well-known clear aligner treatment, and it’s often considered the gold standard. The technology is older, and the company holds various patents for treatment processes. The company started a full ten years before ClearCorrect arrived on the scene.
One of the biggest differences is the materials and thickness of each aligner. Invisalign aligners are thicker and more flexible than ClearCorrect. However, this can make Invisalign aligners more noticeable on your smile when wearing them. Though thinner material means better invisibility, ClearCorrect aligners may break more easily because the material is thinner and more rigid.
The comfort factor of the aligners seems to depend on the wearer. Invisalign aligners have scalloped edges that trace your gumline, while ClearCorrect aligners have a straight across cut. Some patients say that the straight cut and thinner material make ClearCorrect more uncomfortable, while others say that the thinner material is more comfortable and that Invisalign feels bulky.
Dr. Thompson has years of experience with clear aligners and ensuring he prescribes the one that’s right for you. Both options have multiple plans available based on the complexity of your condition and the treatment time needed. At your cosmetic consultation, we review multiple things and perform an oral exam to ensure you get the best option for your unique needs.
Clear Aligners FAQs
Does insurance cover clear aligners?
No. Clear aligners do the same thing traditional braces do. However, dental insurance providers consider them a cosmetic alternative to traditional braces. Most dental insurance plans do not cover ClearCorrect, Invisalign, or a similar clear aligner system.
Are clear aligners more effective than braces?
This depends on your situation. Clear aligners can be much more effective than traditional braces for those with mild to moderate orthodontics issues. They can drastically reduce the treatment time it takes to align your teeth. They can also more comfortably shift your teeth vs. traditional braces.
How long does it take to straighten teeth with clear aligners?
Depending on your malocclusion issues, it can take from a couple of months to a year and a half. Clear aligners are best for patients with mild to moderate issues. By following instructions, you can expect to complete treatment within one year. You must use a retainer for some time after treatment to prevent orthodontic relapse.
Does it hurt to get treatment with clear aligners?
Clear aligners shouldn’t cause you pain. But the clear aligners are slowly moving your teeth. When you switch to a new set of aligners, you may notice a bit of soreness or pressure. Your teeth take time to adjust to the new set of aligners.
Are clear aligners bad for my teeth?
No, as long as you properly care for your clear aligners, they’re fine for your teeth. Make sure you’re rinsing them each time they take you out. Don’t attempt to eat food when you’re wearing your clear aligners, as it could damage them.
Can clear aligners actually help me lose weight?
The possibility of weight loss is a surprise benefit of clear aligners. While aligners are taken out to eat and brush your teeth, they do have to be worn around 20-22 hours each day. Just the knowledge of knowing you have to keep wearing them or clean them after eating can make you avoid the mindless snacking that frequently occurs.
Schedule An Invisalign Consultation
Ready for a straighter, healthier smile? Schedule a visit with Dr. Thompson in our Greeley dental office to discuss your needs. Learn more about your Invisalign and ClearCorrect options from our dentist in Greeley, CO. Call our office at 970.205.9614 or request an appointment online. We welcome new patients and offer personalized dental care in Greeley for your specific needs and aesthetic goals.