05 Jun / 2015
Do you wish there was a discreet way to straighten your teeth? Do you fear wearing conspicuous metal and wire braces? Fortunately, there is a solution. Clear Correct Braces are a method of straightening the placement of your teeth in a very comfortable and discreet way. These braces are made of clear plastics and are worn like a retainer. Referred to as aligners, these oral appliances work the same way that traditional braces do by applying continuous and gentle force to the teeth to facilitate movement. Clear Correct Braces are great for teenagers and adults who desire a straighter smile without having to wear traditional metal and wire braces.
What are the benefits of clear braces?
Clear braces present a few unique advantages when compared to traditional orthodontic appliances. First, the aligners are made from clear plastic. This means that patients can straighten their teeth very discreetly. Secondly, aligners are comfortable because there are no metal parts that scrape against the soft tissues of the mouth. Lastly, Clear Correct is removable. This means patients can remove their aligners during meals and when flossing and brushing.
How does Clear Correct work?
Much like regular braces do, Clear Correct uses force to move teeth over time. Patients will wear a set of aligners 22 hours of each day. These aligners are custom made to suit the orthodontic needs of each patient. Each set of aligners is worn for a few weeks and then swapped out for a tighter set. Patients will progress through each phase of treatment until the desired results are achieved.
What kinds of problems can Clear Correct treat?
These types of braces can correct any type of spacing issue between teeth including gapped, crowded, and overlapped teeth. These aligners can also improve a patient’s occlusion (bite) so that oral function is more comfortable and smooth.
I’m interested in clear braces, what should I do next?
If you’re interested in learning more about invisible braces, we invite you to schedule a consultation with our dentist. At your appointment, our team can determine if you are a candidate for this treatment.
For more information, contact the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 today.
04 May / 2015
If preserving a beautiful healthy smile is a top priority for you, make it a priority to schedule your routine preventive dental care appointments and follow up with a robust oral hygiene routine at home.
When you schedule appointments for cleanings and check-ups at least every six months, the relatively brief interval between visits gives your dentist ample opportunity to identify potential issues in their earliest stages, when the treatment is least invasive and most effective.
For example, if the dentist detects a very small cavity, it likely can be addressed with just a small filling. If the decay progresses, the patient may eventually need a crown or even possibly lose the tooth.
In some cases, these semi-annual exams may be life-saving in addition to benefiting the smile’s aesthetics. They include screenings for serious issues such as oral cancer. When a dentist diagnoses a malignancy in its earliest stages before it has spread, the patient’s prognosis is much better.
In addition to exams, prophylaxis (the technical term for professional cleanings) are instrumental in safeguarding your smile, too.
In addition to exams, prophylaxis (the technical term for professional cleanings) are instrumental in safeguarding your smile, too. In fact, that very word means “protective”.
A hygienist’s cleanings can be highly effective in clearing away any bacteria and plaque that remain on your teeth despite your most diligent efforts to remove them via your home oral hygiene regimen. The hygienist can use specialized instruments and is able to reach surfaces that are largely inaccessible to you directly.
Remember that not all preventive care takes place in the dental office, though. In the months between your exams and professional cleanings, follow your dentist’s recommendations for brushing and flossing at home. The professionals involved in your care can give you guidance on proper technique and make recommendations for any steps beyond brushing and flossing that may benefit you.
Take steps to obtain preventive oral health care if you want to maintain a healthy, stellar smile. If it’s been more than six months since your last routine appointment, contact the office of Dr. Eric Smith at 940-321-2340 as soon as possible to schedule an exam and cleaning.