Dr. Jason Petkevis is a Chester Springs ClearCorrect dentist near you. This treatment gives patients the option to discreetly reposition their teeth and straighten their smiles. It is well suited for patients needing mild to moderate orthodontic treatment. ClearCorrect one of the most requested invisible braces systems in the United States.
Your smile is one of the first features that people notice about you. However, most people are not born with perfectly straight teeth. Although metal braces can correct misalignments, many individuals do not want to spend two to four years flashing a conspicuous smile. The ClearCorrect method is a unique alternative to the traditional alignment treatments. It is safe and effective for people of all ages.
Dentists use ClearCorrect for adults and teens who want to straighten their teeth without metal braces. This innovative system uses clear, removable aligners to gently reposition the teeth without causing damage to tooth enamel, gum tissue, or TMJ. The dentist uses computer images to represent the teeth before and after the treatment. This provides for a more custom fit than conventional braces. We will send the images to a lab where they will make various sizes of tray aligners. They make the alignment trays out of clear, lightweight plastic. We guarantee they will fit gently and comfortably over your teeth.
Dentists use ClearCorrect to treat a variety of orthodontic concerns including:
- Crooked teeth
You will replace your ClearCorrect trays with new, slightly smaller sizes approximately every two weeks. This allows the aligners to gradually and gently shift the teeth into their proper position. This will take place at our dental office so your dentist can monitor your progress. This also allows him to make any changes to the treatment if you need it. The entire process takes approximately six months, depending on how much adjustment you may need.
ClearCorrect vs Braces
Studies indicate clear braces can lead to improved dental hygiene during treatment compared to traditional metal braces. Because ClearCorrect aligners are removable, you can brush and floss teeth normally, unlike traditional metal braces which can be difficult to care for and often trap food particles between the braces and teeth. In addition, you can remove aligners to enjoy the food and drink you like without special restrictions.
ClearCorrect aligners are made of ultra-thin, ultra-clear, hard-soft plastic. Depending on your case, you will wear a series of aligners for approximately 2 weeks each. Most patients complete treatment in 6 to 12 months.
In addition to the esthetic and comfort advantages, ClearCorrect offers a number of significant clinical benefits including:
- Improved gum and tooth health during treatment because of better oral hygiene
- No metal allergies due to brackets and wires
- More predictable treatment planning with ClearCorrect software
- Custom aligners tailored to fit your teeth precisely, for reduced irritation and fewer scratches
How do I keep my ClearCorrect aligners clean?
It is fairly easy to keep your aligners clean. Every new package of aligners will come with specific cleaning instructions. You should use a toothbrush, cool water, and nonabrasive toothpaste to clean your aligners daily.
Why do I need to wear the aligners all the time?
Patients have to wear ClearCorrect aligners for 22 hours a day. You can take them out to eat, brush and floss only. You must sleep in them in order for them to be effective. If you fail to wear the aligners for 22 hours a day, the corrective process will begin to reverse and will take several days to start back up again. Failure to wear the aligners for a sufficient amount of time every day will result in a longer treatment time.
What is the ClearCorrect process like?
First, Dr. Petkevis will take impressions of your teeth and send them away where a lab will use them to create your aligners. They will make a series of about 12 aligners. Then, you will wearn each set for about two weeks before you move on to the next set. You must wear them for 22 hours a day in order for the aligners to be effective. A typical treatment time is around 6 months long. Last, you will receive a retainer which you should wear forever to maintain results.
Does ClearCorrect hurt?
You may experience minor discomfort because getting accustomed to new tooth movement with each new set of ClearCorrect aligners can take time. However, this discomfort will fade over time.
Can you eat with ClearCorrect?
No, you need to remove your ClearCorrect aligners to eat. Eating with ClearCorrect can damage and stain your aligners. We recommend only drinking water with ClearCorrect aligners on your teeth. Do not drink hot water when wearing ClearCorrect because it can warp the aligners.
How is ClearCorrect different from Invisalign?
ClearCorrect uses a thinner, lighter plastic than Invisalign. Invisalign aligners do not cover the gums, while ClearCorrect aligners are not contoured, so they will cover the teeth and gums.
Schedule a ClearCorrect Consultation
Straight teeth can make a smile look brighter, healthier, and more attractive. The ClearCorrect tooth straightening system can significantly improve your smile without the inconvenience that other methods create. It can save you time as well as eliminate the pain normally associated with tooth alignment. If you are looking for a dentist near you that offers ClearCorrect® in the Exton, PA, Main Line, PA, Downingtown, PA, and Chester Springs, PA area, contact Dental Distinction to schedule a consultation. Dr. Petkevis will discuss your dental health, cosmetic goals, and budget concerns to determine if clear aligners are right for you.