Orthodontic Issues That ClearCorrect Can Solve
Clear aligners, specifically the ClearCorrect® system, have gained momentum in the past few years. Millions of patients worldwide have chosen to correct their teeth with this method. The main appeal of this technique is the fact that it does not involve bulky ligatures and brackets. Instead, ClearCorrect uses a series of plastic trays that adjusts the bite in increments of two weeks.
Although the main appeal of this system is the fact that it is virtually unnoticeable, the appearance should not be the only consideration when getting orthodontic treatment.
Orthodontic issues ideal for ClearCorrect
These issues can generally be treated by ClearCorrect, depending on the severity of the problem.
Whether it be that one snaggletooth that distracts from the other teeth or several teeth out of place, clear aligners can likely correct the problem. The aligners work by securely fitting over the arches of the teeth. After two weeks, the teeth are pushed into the position of the tray. Every two weeks, a new aligner is traded out for the old one, adjusting the teeth further into their corrected position.
An overbite occurs when the upper teeth jut out in front of the bottom teeth. This issue can make it difficult to speak and bite into food. Often with an overbite, the teeth do not close together correctly.
In many mild cases of overbite, ClearCorrect® can be used to fix the problem. However, bigger adjustments may need the strength of braces to correct.
Just the opposite of an overbite, an underbite is when the bottom teeth are positioned in front of the upper teeth when the bite is closed. This bite issue makes it difficult to maintain teeth, and the edges of enamel begin to wear quicker with an underbite. ClearCorrect aligners can be used to move the lower teeth backward so they sit behind the front teeth.
Like in overbites, severe cases are usually handled with braces.
Gaps between two or more teeth are known as a spacing issue. Food can get caught between gapped teeth easily, and the gums are more exposed. Those with gaps in their teeth often have higher occurrences of gum disease. Using clear aligners not only fixes the aesthetic of the gap but also gives the patient a healthier mouth.
When some upper teeth are positioned inside the arch of the lower teeth rather than outside, this is known as a crossbite. Many people with crossbite issues choose to opt for clear aligners.
The opposite spacing issue as having gapped teeth is having teeth that are too crowded. The jaw does not have enough room to accommodate all of the teeth, making them overlap and twist into odd positions. When teeth are stacked and closer together than they should be, tooth decay can easily occur between those teeth as they are harder to clean.
Only very mild cases of crowding can be fixed by ClearCorrect. Complex cases of crowding cannot be fixed by clear aligners.
Often, the teeth do not close together in the front. This is called an open bite and can be remedied by a clear aligner system.
When is ClearCorrect not right for me?
Keep in mind that most patients with clear aligners have mild to moderate teeth issues, and more severe problems may require braces. Some patients who have small teeth or teeth that come to a point may not be suited for ClearCorrect, as the trays need to be able to securely move teeth.
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