Two innovative orthodontic treatment options are clear aligners and snap-on-smile. Both treatments offer patients a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces.
What Are ClearCorrect Aligners?
ClearCorrect aligners use a series of transparent, removable aligners to straighten teeth without metal wires or brackets. The aligners are comfortable and discreet, so no one will know that you're straightening your teeth unless you tell them! Plus, they're removable, so you can take them out to brush and floss your teeth normally.
How Do ClearCorrect Aligners Work?
ClearCorrect aligners are made through a combination of your dentist's expertise and 3-D computer imaging technology provided by the company that creates the aligners. They are created using impressions of the patient's teeth. These impressions are sent to ClearCorrect who creates the clear aligners and are used to design the custom fit for each patient's mouth. They are worn over the teeth to help shift the teeth into proper alignment. The trays are clear, making them practically invisible when worn. You need to wear your aligners all the time, with the exception of about two hours per day that you need to take them out to eat, drink, brush, and floss. As you wear each set of aligners, your teeth gradually move into the correct position. And because they're made of clear plastic, most people won't even notice that you're wearing them!
Most cases of misaligned or crooked teeth are the result of tooth crowding, overbites, underbites, crossbites, or a combination of these. ClearCorrect aligners offer an effective way to correct these types of alignment problems. Besides, they are more discreet than traditional metal braces and allow patients to maintain their self-confidence while wearing them. Aligners should be worn for at least twenty-two hours a day in order to see an improvement in the position of the teeth. The average time for a ClearCorrect aligner treatment course is between six and eighteen months.
Who Can Benefit From ClearCorrect Aligners?
ClearCorrect aligners are not recommended for everyone. Patients who have severe misalignment of the teeth may still require traditional orthodontic treatment to correct the problem. However, ClearCorrect aligners can be helpful in some cases where minor problems are affecting the smile. Some patients with mild to moderate orthodontic problems may be candidates for ClearCorrect aligners. Patients must be adults and in good oral health with healthy gums before undergoing this treatment.
What Are Snap-On Smiles?
The Snap-On Smile is a type of cosmetic removable partial denture that fits over teeth to eliminate gaps and hide imperfections. It's composed of a thin but durable and realistic plastic that resembles the color of natural teeth. This appliance is custom-made to fit over an existing set of healthy teeth. It works great as a temporary fix for crooked teeth or gaps in your smile. Once in place, the Snap-On Smile is invisible to others, and you are able to talk and eat normally. A dentist may recommend this to patients looking for a quick solution to missing teeth.
This may not be the best cosmetic option for patients with missing teeth or major tooth misalignments, but it is a quick and painless way to cover imperfections in your smile. It's also a temporary solution that can be switched out easily at any time for a newer model or removed entirely if aesthetics don't matter to you.
Benefits of Snap-On Smiles include:
- They are fast - you get your new smile in two weeks
- They do not require the placement of any metal wires in the mouth.
- They are more affordable than alternative dental procedures.
- They offer a less-invasive option for patients who want to achieve a new look to their teeth.
- They can address aesthetic issues within the smile when other cosmetic procedures aren't an option.
Snap-On Smile - Procedure
The first step to getting your new smile is coming into our office for a consultation with our dentist. During this appointment, we'll go over the treatment options and answer any questions you have about the process. We'll also take an impression of your teeth to make a custom-fitting tray for your snap-on prosthesis. The second step is the attachment of your beautiful new smile. We will attach the tray to your existing teeth and give you a beautiful smile you've been wanting!
At Arizona Dental, we ensure to provide each of our patients with a positive and relaxing experience. If you're ready to experience the best dental care, please contact us from your nearest location. We will be happy to guide you further.