The Invisible Way to Straighten Teeth
Clear Correct (invisalign)
Are crooked, misaligned or poorly spaced teeth holding you back from feeling good about your smile? Dr. Andrew Hunter can help. He offers several tooth straightening options, including the revolutionary ClearCorrect and Invisalign systems, both of which use clear plastic aligners to shift teeth into the proper position. Individuals seeking orthodontic treatment with ClearCorrect or Invisalign in El Cajon rely on Dr. Hunter for comfortable, convenient treatment and exceptional results.
What’s So Special about ClearCorrect and Invisalign?
Straight teeth are more than just attractive they are important for overall oral health. Teeth that are crooked or improperly spaced are more difficult to keep clean, and more prone to developing decay. Tooth spacing and alignment problems also put the gums at risk of periodontal disease. And, poorly aligned teeth can affect the bite and cause problems with the jaw joint, chewing and speech. By straightening teeth and improving their spacing, orthodontics promote strong oral health and better quality of life.
Traditional orthodontics and modern systems (like ClearCorrect and Invisalign) produce the same outcome: straight, properly spaced and aligned teeth. But the ways that they accomplish this is very different. When compared to traditional orthodontic systems, ClearCorrect and Invisalign have noticeable advantages. Consider the following:
- The clear aligners are virtually unnoticeable.
- Soft plastic material doesn’t scratch or irritate the cheeks or the gums.
- Aligners can be removed for eating so food doesn’t get stuck in between wires and brackets.
- Aligners can be removed for easy cleaning and tooth brushing and flossing.
- The total treatment time is generally shorter than braces.
Treatment with ClearCorrect or Invisalign begins with a consultation between you and Dr. Hunter. He will ask you about your specific needs and goals of treatment, and recommend whether ClearCorrect or Invisalign is appropriate for your case. If you have severely crooked or badly spaced teeth, traditional orthodontics may be necessary to achieve your desired treatment outcomes.
Dr. Hunter will use digital scanning technology or traditional impressions to create three-dimensional images of your teeth. Based on this information, he will map out your treatment, identifying how your teeth will gradually move. This information is then sent to the dental laboratory that will create your customized sequence of ClearCorrect or Invisalign aligners.
Once your first set of aligners is ready, you will return to Dr. Hunter’s office to receive them. He will check the fit to ensure it is comfortable and supports your bite.
You should wear the aligners for 20 to 22 hours per day, removing them to eat and clean. The aligners put gentle pressure on your teeth, shifting them into the desired position and alignment. They are virtually invisible, so you can wear them to work, school and social engagements without anyone noticing them. You will be able to see progress at every stage of treatment. After about two weeks, you will receive a new set of aligners to replace the previous set.
The number of sets and total treatment time varies by patient. Many patients are able to complete treatment within a year. Dr. Hunter can give you a more accurate estimate during your initial consultation.
Learn More about Invisalign and ClearCorrect
For more information about straightening teeth with the Invisalign or ClearCorrect systems, please contact our office and request a consultation with Dr. Hunter. Call (619) 444-6157 or email us today.