With more patients seeking alternative methods to traditional braces, aligner systems like ClearCorrect® braces have become popular in recent years. A patient is fitted with custom aligners that are worn for most hours of the day. The trays are usually replaced every two to three weeks. Because the aligners are clear and custom-fitted, patients can still feel confident about smiling during orthodontic treatment.
Factors that determine length of treatment
Every orthodontic case is different, so the length of time ClearCorrect® braces are worn varies greatly. For some patients, the process may only take a few months. For others, the treatment could extend for a year or more. Several factors affect how long treatment takes, so it is important for patients to understand that the timeframe given is only an estimate.
For clear retainers to be effective, the patient must be willing to follow certain guidelines. The trays should be worn at least 22 hours during the day. Ideally, the patient should only remove the appliances for eating and oral hygiene habits. Most people will not even be able to tell that the patient is wearing aligners because they are so discreet.
It is also essential that a patient maintains impeccable brushing and flossing habits throughout treatment. If the patient is not compliant with hygiene habits, the dentist may have to discontinue orthodontic treatment due to the effects of plaque on the teeth.
Complexity of the case
Clear aligners can be used to treat a wide range of alignment issues, but the more complex cases do take longer to treat. Patients who have issues with the natural bite usually have longer treatment times than those who are simply straightening crooked teeth. It is important that the patient understands what is happening during the orthodontic process and the length of time this process requires.
Desired end result
Some patients may want to straighten only the front teeth while others want full orthodontic treatment that corrects misaligned teeth while improving skeletal issues. The length of treatment changes depending on what the patient wants for the final result. Both dentists and patients should be on the same page with the desired outcome so that the length of treatment is more predictable. Any changes to the treatment plan can greatly affect the number of trays and time needed when using ClearCorrect® braces.
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Choosing clear retainers to transform a smile can be rewarding for many patients. This system has become particularly popular with adults who would be hesitant to wear traditional braces; it is also more hygienic than traditional braces for adolescents. For patients interested in this treatment, a consultation with a ClearCorrect® provider is recommended. By discussing the treatment thoroughly, the dentist and patient can both have realistic expectations for the timeline of treatment. While clear trays may not be the right option for every orthodontic patient, they are changing the face of dentistry for many.
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