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Seeing Straight With Plastic Aligners

The best gifts are the ones that we can enjoy for years, even decades after they are given.

A nice, new sweater is great, but we know some day it will wear out and need to be replaced. Children are often excited by new toys, but after a few months, they are ready for something different.

There is a gift that never gets old or worn out a smile. When someone smiles, it has a contagious quality that spreads joy and happiness to others.

If you don't have straight teeth, however, sharing your smile may make you uncomfortable. You may have thought of getting braces, but the idea of wearing those metal brackets and wires may have put you off the idea.

Braces aren't your only option, however. The Waterford Dentist's patients in and around Waterford, MI, have the choice of Invisalign and ClearCorrect as well. Keep reading to learn more.

Clear braces?

You may have heard this type of orthodontics referred to as clear braces, although that's not quite right.

With braces, you will have brackets attached to your teeth. A wire connects those brackets, which is what pushes and pulls your teeth into their new straight position.

With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, you wear a clear plastic aligner instead of the brackets and wires you need with braces. These clear aligners can provide results similar to traditional orthodontics, but you may find that plastic has some advantages as well.

Why you should look into plastic

Adult orthodontics have become much more common in recent years. It's not unusual to have a friend or family member who is wearing braces even if he or she graduated from high school a while ago.

While that friend or family member may be comfortable wearing braces, that doesn't mean you are. Depending on your job your may not feel confident walking into a sales conference or a staff meeting with metal shining inside your mouth. If your job requires you to work face-to-face with the public, you may be concerned that the metal will distract from what you saying to them.

With Invisalign or ClearCorrect, you will not have those worries. The clear plastic aligners are practically invisible when you are wearing them. They slip over your teeth, and since they are transparent, most people will never suspect that you are wearing an orthodontic device.

Comfort is another reason you may want to consider Invisalign or Clear Correct.

Modern braces are more streamlined than the kinds you may have seen your friends wearing when you were growing up, but they are still braces. They can still be uncomfortable. The wires can still come loose and poke inside your mouth.

With Invisalign or ClearCorrect, your plastic aligners are more similar to a retainer than braces. The aligners are designed to fit over your teeth, and they are smooth on the outside. This means there is nothing that can come loose and scratch your cheeks or poke your gums.

See the difference

We can straighten your teeth with braces, or we can straighten your teeth with plastic aligners. When you finish either treatment, your teeth will look better than they ever have.

With braces, you will need to come to the dentist for regular adjustments. You also will need to be extremely careful about the kinds of foods you eat, and your oral hygiene routine will take on more importance as well.

When you have braces, you will need to brush after you eat anything. It's essential to make sure nothing gets caught between your brackets, wires, and teeth. Cleaning between your teeth will be important as well, although flossing isn't really an option because of the wires on your teeth. That means you may need to get special interdental tools for this job.

With Invisalign and ClearCorrect, your life will be much simpler. With both systems, you will receive a series of plastic aligners. Each time you change aligners, your teeth are getting moved closer to their final, straight position.

Your "adjustments" consist of taking out one aligner and putting in a new one. That's it.

For best results, you will need to wear your aligners for 22 hours each day. This means you can take it out to eat and to brush and floss your teeth. In other words, you can eat the foods you love, and you don't have to do anything different as part of your oral hygiene routine with Invisalign and ClearCorrect.

Share your smile

If you live in the Waterford, MI, area, talk to the staff at The Waterford Dentist to learn more about our orthodontic options, including Invisalign and ClearCorrect.

Give yourself the gift of a great smile. When you have it, you'll be more than happy to share it with others.

To learn more or to make an appointment, fill out our online appointment form or call our office at 248-257-5394. New patients are welcome to print out one of these forms to bring with you on your first visit.