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Clear Orthodontics for Teens and Adults

By: admin  -  Blog, Cosmetic Dentistry, Orthodontics


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Crooked teeth can be embarrassing, for teenagers and adults. Misaligned teeth may convey an image other than the one you want to portray. However, the thought of wearing metal braces for two years may seem even less appealing than putting up with crooked teeth. Traditional braces tend to be bulky, painful, annoying, and time consuming.

Thanks to the latest technology in orthodontics, we now provide two hassle-free options to help teens and adults straighten teeth inconspicuously, for a more aesthetically pleasing smile. At Joseph M. Haack D.D.S., we offer both ClearCorrect and Invisalign® for our patients. Both options provide clear aligner trays that are nearly invisible, to treat minor to moderate dental misalignment.

To find out more about the clear orthodontic aligners we offer, call our Alexandria, MN dental office today at 320-763-7484 to schedule an orthodontic consultation with Dr. Haack.

Benefits of Clear Orthodontics

In addition to improving minor to moderate dental misalignment, patients find ClearCorrect and Invisalign® aligners beneficial because:

  • They are virtually invisible, made from clear, BPA-free plastic.
  • They are removable. Patients can remove the trays up to two hours a day for easy cleaning and to enjoy their favorite foods.
  • They are comfortable and non-invasive. The smooth, custom-made trays are designed to fit comfortably over teeth without causing irritation to the gums or lips.
  • There is less treatment time involved. Because the trays are given in advance, patients only need to visit the dentist every six weeks for follow-up appointments and their next few sets of trays. In most cases, you can expect final results in about 12 to 18 months.

ClearCorrect vs. Invisalign®

  • Invisalign®

Created in 1997, Invisalign® is a global company that has helped over a million people achieve straighter smiles. During your initial consultation, Dr. Haack will take digital impressions of your mouth and teeth to be sent to the Invisalign® lab for your trays to be designed. For teens interested in improving their smile, Invisalign® Teen provides six free replacement aligner trays. Each aligner tray also includes a blue indicator, reminding teens (and parents) when to switch aligners.

  • ClearCorrect

ClearCorrect was founded in 2006 in the United States and tends to be more affordable than equivalent treatment options. Although similar to Invisalign®, ClearCorrect uses newer technology and each tray has a particular finish that prevents clouding. Rather than having all of your trays created at the lab at one time, ClearCorrect provides trays in phases. This allows Dr. Haack to make any necessary adjustments throughout your treatment plan, before trays are created.

Would Clear Aligners Trays Work for You?

Clear orthodontics help treat a range of dental issues, including:

  • Crooked teeth
  • Overcrowding
  • Misaligned bite (underbite, overbite, crossbite)
  • Widely gapped or spaced teeth

For the best results, the clear aligner trays need to be worn 22 hours a day, with each tray switched out every two weeks. Because you are responsible for keeping track of the timeline and trays, it will require you to be self-disciplined. If you have more severe dental misalignment, Dr. Haack may recommend traditional braces. During your initial consultation, he will thoroughly examine you and help you determine which option would work best for you.

How Soon You Can Expect Results

Traditional braces typically take at least two years, and maybe longer, depending on the severity of your dental misalignment. With ClearCorrect and Invisalign®, you can expect results in about 12 to 18 months.

If you are looking for even quicker results, we also provide Six Month Smiles®. Although less noticeable than traditional braces, using tooth-colored brackets and nickel wires, they are still more noticeable than ClearCorrect and Invisalign®. However, you can expect results in about six months.

Call Us Today

Do you want a straighter smile? At Joseph M. Haack D.D.S we can help you achieve a more attractive smile. To schedule your orthodontic consultation, call our Alexandria, MN dental office today at 320-763-7484.