Clear Correct / Invisalign
Adults, even those who suffer with wildly crooked teeth, often shun the idea of wearing braces. Who can blame them? Orthodontic braces are bulky, obvious, and immature looking on an adult. They require special home care, as well as regular visits to the dentist for painful adjustments. The bands, wax, poking wires – who has the time or energy to invest two years in orthodontic therapy, when the responsibilities of work, parenting, and relationships are constant?
Fortunately, you live in the age of revolutionary orthodontics. With clear, comfortable, removable Invisalign or ClearCorrect aligners, Dr. Haack repositions the teeth of teens and adults in 12 to 18 months. No wires. No bands. No wax. No adjustment visits. In fact, there’s no reason to avoid orthodontics any longer.
Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect are orthodontic treatment options that feature completely clear, totally comfortable acrylic aligners. Each aligner is custom-made to shift teeth closer and closer to their final, ideal placement. Wear an aligner for two weeks, then throw it away and move to the next in your series.
One of the major drawbacks to orthodontics is that they require constant wear. The brackets are actually cemented to teeth, and wires exert force 24/7 to pull teeth into alignment. With Invisalign or ClearCorrect, no features are affixed to teeth. The aligners are completely free moving, so you can take them in and out at your own discretion. To remain in compliance with your treatment plan, you’ll need to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours each day. You can remove them to eat a meal, attend a special event, and clean your teeth.
Traditional braces require two or more years of treatment, which can interfere with a busy life. In addition, the longer treatment lasts, the more visits the patient requires – and that adds up to greater expense. Unlike conventional orthodontics, ClearCorrect and Invisalign straighten teeth fast, in about 12 to 18 months. For even quicker results, consider Six Month Smiles, also offered by Dr. Haack.
Results of Invisalign and ClearCorrect
Patients who wear their retainer as directed following treatment will enjoy lasting results. Invisalign and ClearCorrect treatment can improve the position of teeth for better esthetics, while also correcting occlusion to improve oral function and relieve bruxism and/or TMJ pain.
After an initial evaluation, once you and Dr. Haack determine that ClearCorrect or Invisalign is the best treatment option for your case, you’ll need to attend a preparatory visit. At this appointment, we’ll take digital images of your mouth so that your treatment plan can be created. Using special software, Dr. Haack will devise a detailed plan to move your teeth from their current position to the ideal position, taking into consideration your occlusion (how upper and lower teeth fit together) and desired results. The plan will indicate how many aligners you’ll wear throughout the course of treatment, as well as how long treatment will take. As an example, Invisalign usually consists of 20-30 aligners worn in two-week intervals over 40-60 weeks, which equals about a year of treatment time. Your specific case will likely vary from this example.
A certified Invisalign or ClearCorrect lab will fabricate all of your aligners and send them to our Alexandria office. You’ll return for a second visit, and at that time, Dr. Haack will provide you with the first few aligners, as well as instructions for their use and care. Then, every six weeks you’ll return for a quick checkup and to pick up your next few sets of aligners. Dr. Haack will advise you of your treatment progress and let you know if any adjustments need to be made. Patients who wear their aligners as directed usually complete treatment as predicted. Those who neglect to wear their aligners according to the dentist’s instructions may have an extended treatment time or relapse and require a reconfiguring of the program.
Schedule a Consult Today
Are you ready for straighter teeth and a more attractive smile? You don’t have to wear metal braces or endure years of hassle and pain. Talk with Dr. Haack about ClearCorrect or Invisalign orthodontics, and learn how modern orthodontics is more convenient, less invasive, and more appealing than the wires, brackets, and bands of previous generations. Call 320-763-7484 today to schedule your consultation with Dr. Haack now.