Cosmetic dentistry brightens smiles, and even repairs minor damage. But can we use cosmetic care to address poor alignment? For those with crooked or crowded teeth, we have a solution that doesn’t require metal braces. Instead, we provide our Astoria, NY, patients with a series of clear and comfortable acrylic aligners.
The Impact of Uneven Teeth
First, let’s talk about how crooked and crowded teeth impact your smile. Did you know that misalignment makes brushing and flossing difficult? Even if you take time each day to do so, you may not be able to reach all trapped food particles. The remaining bits of food will be broken down by bacteria, leading to plaque buildup and an increased risk of tooth decay and gum disease. Others may experience pressure on the jaw joints due to misalignment or bite imbalance. The pressure may cause the onset of TMJ disorder and bruxism, leading to headaches, jaw pain, damaged teeth, and trouble opening and closing the mouth. Correcting your misalignment helps you enjoy improved oral health and avoid serious complications.
The Benefits of ClearCorrect
ClearCorrect doesn’t rely on metal braces to improve your smile’s alignment. Instead, we will take digital impressions of your smile using intraoral cameras. We use the images to design the aligners, which will be created from a clear and BPA-free acrylic material. You can remove them before meals, or prior to brushing and flossing your teeth. They also fit comfortably and help prevent the gum and cheek irritation many encounter with metal braces.
How Do Clear Aligners Correct Smiles?
Each day, you will wear a set for between 20 and 22 hours, depending on your dentist’s recommendation. About every two weeks, you then upgrade to the next one in the series. Over the course of about a year, you will obtain a noticeably straighter smile. While they can be removed before meals (so you don’t have to change your diet) or for special occasion, be sure you’re still wearing them as prescribed, which is essential for achieving optimal results in the original timeframe you discussed with your dentist. If you have any questions about treating misalignment, or about our custom-made and clear aligners, then please contact our team today. We want to help you obtain better alignment and a healthier smile.
Do You Have Crooked or Crowded Teeth?
If you have misalignment, then we have a cosmetic treatment option that is comfortable and barely visible. Find out if this is the right option for your smile, and what treatment is required to help you enjoy an even and beautiful smile. For more information on our clear braces, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.