Sellwood-Moreland and Portland OR
Is ClearCorrect Right For You?
Not all maligned teeth require a trip to the orthodontist. At Whole Health Dentistry we may be able to fit and track your process using a less invasive system. Ultimately it comes down to your specific situation, and determining which method or appliance will be the most effective.
For less complicated teeth straightening, alignment and stabilization, ClearCorrect® is an efficient, comfortable option. The custom-made series of clear plastic—nearly invisible—aligners trays are worn over your teeth. Unlike traditional braces, there are no metal brackets to attach and no wires to tighten. Wearing the aligners will gradually and gently shift your teeth into place, based on the exact movements planned out for you. You’ll pop in a new set of aligners approximately every two weeks, until your treatment is complete.
This method can help you achieve a great smile with little effect on your daily life. With traditional braces, certain foods can become entangled in the wire structure and make your teeth difficult to clean. With ClearCorrect, you can remove the aligners to eat, allowing you to consume food without limitations. You must, however, be diligent with your oral hygiene, making sure to brush and floss after each meal. The aligners also help protect your periodontal tissue, and offer less risk of enamel decalcification than you normally get with metal brackets.
Another benefit is the opportunity to see the progression of tooth movement and straightening during the multitude of stages, and the end result of straight teeth. But it does require your full participation and compliance in the process.
The best part about the whole process, perhaps, is that most people won’t even know you’re straightening your teeth. But like any orthodontic straightening/correction system, you’ll still need to follow up treatment with regular use of a retainer.
Overly Crowded Teeth
A lack of room within your jaw for all of your teeth to fit normally is the cause of this condition. Crowding can lead to severely crooked teeth, plaque accumulation, tooth decay and an increased chance of gum disease.
This results from abnormal continued growth of the jawbone. B ut it can also develop from the shifting of teeth among missing teeth. The extra space creates gaps among your teeth. Left untreated, s pacing issues and gaps between teeth can lead to gum problems (due to lack of protection by the teeth), periodontal pockets and in creased risk of periodontal disease.
When the upper and lower jaws are both misaligned, one or more upper teeth tend to land on the inside of the lower teeth. This can happen on both the front and sides of the mouth. Left untreated, it can produce tooth wear, gum disease and bone loss.
When the upper teeth bite over the lower teeth, dental professionals call it “ overjet ” rather than overbite. Genetics, bad oral habits, or overdevelopment of the bone that supports the teeth are the typical causes. Left untreated, it can lead to gum problems or irritation, and/or wear on the lower teeth, and can cause painful jaw and joint problems.
The lower teeth protrude past the front teeth in this condition. It’s usually caused by undergrowth of the upper jaw, overgrowth of the lower jaw, or both, as well as missing upper teeth. Left untreated, it prevents normal functioning of front teeth or molars, which can lead to tooth wear. It may also cause painful jaw and joint problems.
This occurs when some teeth are unable to make physical con tact with opposing teeth for a proper bite. Genetics, abnormal jaw structure, excessive thumb -sucking all can lead to an open bite. Left untreated it can cause poor or painful chewing, speech impairment, and temporal- mandibular joint disorder (TMJ).
If you’re interested in exploring whether ClearCorrect is right for you, make an appointment with Dr. Smith at Whole Health Dentistry.