Convenient Short-Term Orthodontic Solutions
Are you looking for a fast way to straighten your smile? Our Norton Shores, MI dentist offers two different types of short-term orthodontics: Invisalign and ClearCorrect. Either of these systems can be used to help you achieve the balanced smile you have always wanted. Read on to learn more.
Why Short-Term Orthodontics?
Clear Correct is very popular option with adults and increasingly so it's requested by teens as well because when they smile, they don't want to see metal. Sometimes, it's the best option. Sometimes, it's better to go with actual brackets just because of the movements that are required. I use all of the latest orthodontic treatment options including some different anchorage techniques. We use certain kinds of functional appliances with young kids.
Orthodontics is really broken up into two different sub-disciplines. The first is really dental facial orthopedics and although I'm not a specialist, we still do orthopedics on young kids where we're trying to get the jaws to be in the proper place. As you get past that age, we move into orthodontics where we move the teeth into the proper position once the bones are where they need to be. We also have the option of coordinating with an oral surgeon and doing orthognathic surgery in which case you can get a much more dramatic result if needed.
Our short-term orthodontics options may be preferable to traditional braces for a number of reasons: comfort, aesthetics, and, of course, treatment time. Adults and busy high school and college students especially love our short-term solutions because they are simply the most convenient option! However, ClearCorrect and Invisalign aren’t for everyone — please consider our traditional solutions if you have severe orthodontic problems.
ClearCorrect Clear Aligners
One short-term orthodontics solution that our Norton Shores, MI dentist offers, which is very popular among teenagers and adults, is ClearCorrect. This teeth straightening system involves using clear, plastic oral appliances that resemble a retainer to gradually shift teeth. ClearCorrect uses the same principles as traditional braces without the need for fixed oral appliances. Instead, you will wear removable plastic appliances called aligners. Worn over teeth like a retainer, sets of aligners (each tighter than the set before) are worn in succession to straighten teeth with consistent, gentle pressure.
Like traditional braces, ClearCorrect can improve spacing issues between teeth such as gaps and crowding along with promoting a healthier occlusion (or bite). Clear braces are advantageous because they are removable for meals and oral hygiene and look very discreet. In fact, Clear Correct aligners can let you smile without conspicuous-looking metal and wire braces. Your peers will not even know you are wearing them! Because of the clear plastic material the aligners are made from, ClearCorrect is also extremely comfortable to wear. You will never have to deal with being scratched or poked by metal appliances!
Invisalign Invisible Braces
With 3D computer imaging, we can provide you with a series of invisible orthodontic aligners that are designed to gently and discreetly straighten your teeth. Known as Invisalign, this orthodontic system enables our team to plan your treatment and map your progress using a virtual treatment planning application. Imagine being able to visualize your future smile before your treatment has even begun!
Invisalign is successful when you wear each provided set of aligners all day and all night, as directed by your dentist. You will be instructed to wear each set of your aligners for a two-week period, removing them only during meals, drinking, brushing, and flossing. After two weeks, as your teeth begin to become more aligned, you will be instructed to transition to a new set of custom aligners.
Invisalign is a popular orthodontic solution for many teens and adults, thanks to the comfort, ease, and privacy that the procedure offers. Like ClearCorrect, Invisalign offers smooth, plastic aligners and discreet orthodontic treatment. Invisalign can help you achieve the beautiful, straight, healthy smile you have always wanted!
Make An Appointment
To learn more about our short-term orthodontics, schedule your appointment with our Norton Shores, MI dentist. You can reach us by calling 231-366-4182 or by sending us a message using our online contact form. Either way, we will be happy to help you find a suitable date and time for your visit. We can’t wait to work with you!