You have attended every routine exam and cleaning in your dental plan, and you never skip or skimp on your at-home oral health practices. The result: You have perfectly healthy, white teeth. Now you’re ready to take the next step and straighten out the imperfections in your smile, but you want to avoid traditional braces. Fortunately, at Park Dental Arts, San Diego dentists Dr. Curtis and Dr. Thompson offer two comfortable and nearly invisible braces options for patients with mild to moderate misalignment: Invisalign and ClearCorrect.
What are clear braces?
These teeth-straightening systems use clear aligners that are made out of nearly invisible plastic and, unlike traditional braces, can be inserted and removed for special occasions, eating, and your daily cleaning routines. The aligners are BPA free and so smooth that they don’t irritate your cheeks and gums. Invisalign and ClearCorrect are an invisible-braces method that begins with a consultation during which you and Drs. Peggy Curtis and Hilda Thompson plan the desired result. A series of custom-made aligners are then used to correct your unique misalignment.
The Treatment Process
Your Invisalign treatment begins with a consultation with Drs. Peggy Curtis and Hilda Thompson. They will analyze your bite and discuss your dental goals with you. Once an invisible-braces option has been determined to be the best tooth-straightening system for you, Drs. Peggy Curtis and Hilda Thompson will:
- Take x-rays and impressions of your teeth to create a digital image
- Map the movements of your teeth from their current position to the final desired position
- Have custom-made clear aligners created specifically for you, to wear through the day
- Monitor your progress and have you change aligners ever two weeks, advancing you to the next stage of your treatment
As you move from one aligner to the next (approximately every two weeks), your teeth will gradually shift until they reach their final, improved position.