Obtaining a straighter smile and a boost of confidence as an adult does not have to involve traditional metal braces. At River Oaks Dental, we understand the desire to transform your smile both subtly and effectively.
If you are seeking to enhance your dental appearance without the use of traditional wire braces, ClearCorrect aligners may be right for you. They are custom-made for each person, unnoticeable to the eye, and are a great option for patients with mild to moderate misalignment. Through a series of removable aligners, we can correct crowding, crooked teeth, gapped teeth, and create a better functioning bite.
Straight teeth aren’t just for looks- it is also important for your overall oral health to have a stable bite and easily cleanable teeth. According to the American Association of Orthodontics, misalignment of teeth may increase the need for future dental procedures due to tooth decay, gum disease, or wearing of teeth from improper bites.
At your initial visit, Dr. Monteiro will examine your teeth to determine if ClearCorrect is the best orthodontic option to meet your specific needs. If clear aligners are right for you, we will take photographs, radiographs, and impressions to create a 3-D image of your teeth.
Custom clear aligner trays
An individualized treatment plan will be created to map out the precise movements of your teeth throughout each visit. The total number of aligner trays will be dependent upon the amount of movement necessary to achieve your desired outcome, varying from case to case. Using gentle force, each tray will gradually straighten your teeth into place, safely and effectively.
Attachments, also called buttons, made of tooth-colored composite may also be temporarily bonded to the teeth to provide additional support for the trays to be worn and can also aid in rotating or shifting teeth that are more complicated to align.
If crowding is present, a process called interproximal reduction (IPR) may be completed to reduce the width of the teeth and provide more space for movement as needed during treatment.
Progress and Care
ClearCorrect aligners can be removed to eat, brush and floss normally, but should be worn 22 hours a day for optimal results. Aligners will be replaced during each visit at two-week periods before moving onto the next set of trays. Each tray will help gradually straighten teeth into their final positions, resulting in a perfect smile and ideal oral health.
Many insurance plans do cover orthodontic treatment for adults and children. The costs can vary, with short term or minor orthodontic procedures corrected for as little as $1,200.
If you are ready to get the smile you’ve been dreaming of, give us a call and schedule your consultation today at
(904) 348- 0416.
We can help you achieve your cosmetic goals and give you the smile you deserve!