Invisalign Clear Braces in Scripps Ranch
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are orthodontic systems that use clear aligners to gradually shift teeth into the desired position and alignment. These options are very popular among teens and adults that desire straighter teeth but do not want to wear conspicuous metal braces. A consultation with Dr. Jennifer Santoro at Village Center Dentistry can help determine whether Invisalign or ClearCorrect is suitable for you and your orthodontic goals.
Understanding Invisalign and ClearCorrect
Invisalign and ClearCorrect are designed to correct the following:
- Crooked teeth
- Crowded teeth
- Abnormal spacing between the teeth
Invisalign and ClearCorrect patients receive sets of clear, plastic aligners that are individually customized according to their treatment needs. The aligners are virtually invisible, making them perfect for someone that doesn’t want to wear noticeable metal braces in the workplace or at school. The aligners are also removable for eating and drinking, so there’s no chance of foods getting stuck in between the brackets like there is with braces. And, the aligners are very comfortable. They are molded specifically to the patient’s teeth, so they should not slip or slide around in the mouth. Plus, there are no wires to poke the gums or other soft tissues of the mouth.
The aligners put gentle pressure on the teeth to gradually straighten and shift them. They are designed in a specific sequence and should be replaced with the next set in the series approximately every two weeks, until the teeth have moved into the final position. Patients periodically check in with Dr. Santoro so she can monitor the treatment progress.
The first step of treatment with a system like Invisalign and ClearCorrect is a consultation with Dr. Santoro. She will thoroughly evaluate your teeth in their current position and take X-rays and other records to get a closer look at the tooth roots and the jawbone. If she determines that one of these “clear braces” systems is suitable for your needs, impressions will be taken to send to the laboratory that constructs your customized aligners.
When your first set of upper and lower aligners is ready, you should wear it as much as possible. Dr. Santoro tells patients to aim for at least 22 hours per day for the quickest results, removing the aligners only to eat, drink, brush and floss. In approximately two weeks, you will change to the next set of aligners in your sequence. This process will continue until your teeth are beautifully straight and aligned.
Once treatment with Invisalign or ClearCorrect is over, you will wear a retainer at night to help preserve your perfectly straight smile.
Not everyone is suited to orthodontic treatment with Invisalign and ClearCorrect. If you have serious orthodontic issues and advanced bite problems, you may be a better candidate for traditional braces or another orthodontic solution. Dr. Santoro can discuss these alternatives with you at the time of your consultation.
Book a Consultation with Dr. Santoro
For more information about Invisalign or ClearCorrect, please book an appointment with Dr. Santoro at Village Center Dentistry. Call us at 858-566-8510 or email us today to schedule your visit.