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How Long Do ClearCorrect Aligners Take to Straighten Teeth?
Whereas traditional braces use wires and metal brackets to straighten your teeth, ClearCorrect consists of removable, clear plastic trays. These are the aligners that will help your teeth reach your desired straightness. The clear aligners will fit right onto the teeth.
The ClearCorrect treatment time and what to expect
Many patients wonder how long they will be in this dental treatment. This is entirely dependent on individual goals that are set between the person and the dentist. It is also normal for it to vary from person to person depending on the severity of the correction needed.
What is the schedule for daily wear?
Most dentists recommend that patients wear their new aligners for 22 hours each day. Patients can remove the aligners when eating meals, as well as the regular brushing and flossing of the teeth that come afterward. If the patient does not wear the ClearCorrect aligners for the allotted period of time, the process of correction can come to a halt and can even begin to reverse. If this occurs, the process can take a few days to restart.
Can the treatment time last longer than expected?
Sometimes, the treatment plan will take longer than expected if there are missed appointments or if the patient does not follow the dentist’s advice. Other factors include broken appliances, poor oral hygiene habits and even excessive bone growth. Following a dentist’s dental treatment plan can reduce this extra time.
What else can affect treatment time?
The length of time that a patient wears ClearCorrect aligners can vary based on the individual’s physiology and overall health. A lot of the orthodontic teeth movement will rely on a patient’s bone remodeling and metabolism. Additionally, the rate at which the teeth move is not necessarily linear. It can depend on the type of movement that is being performed.
Are the aligners permanent? What happens after treatment?
An individual patient’s orthodontic treatment plan will determine how long the ClearCorrect aligners are in place. After the aligners are finished with the job, the retainers may need to be used for a longer length of time. It depends on the treatment results.
What is expected from wearing the aligners?
When a patient first begins wearing a new aligner, it is natural to experience some discomfort, sensitivity or tenderness for the first couple of days. The more a person wears an aligner, the less the discomfort. Sometimes irritation or sores may form, though it is uncommon.
Sometimes, the aligners will have a temporary effect on a patient’s speech patterns, causing a lisp. However, patients should get used to wearing them quickly, and any speech problems will return to normal. It is also common to temporarily experience dryness in the mouth or extra salivation.
What are the bumps on the aligners?
Getting bumps (or temporary affix engagers) on the teeth may be necessary depending on the patient’s treatment. These engagers are created from a composite material that matches the tooth coloring. These exist to help when the tooth movements are more difficult. Dentists only use these engagers when it is absolutely necessary.
Is it time for ClearCorrect?
If you are tired of the misalignment of your teeth or any other aesthetic concerns, it is time to give ClearCorrect aligners a try. Consult with a dentist and get the smile you desire.
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