Traditional braces, with their wires and brackets, have long been synonymous with teeth realignment. Yet, these often feel like a confining barrier, detracting from life’s simple joys. At the Centre for Smile Designs, we’re embracing a significant shift in orthodontic treatment with clear aligners. This innovative approach discards the metal, providing a more discreet and comfortable path to achieving a beautifully aligned smile.
What Are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are clear plastic trays customized by Dr. Hopkins to fit snugly over your teeth. Each tray exerts gentle pressure, gradually shifting your teeth into alignment. This method presents a more comfortable and aesthetically pleasing solution than traditional metal braces. We provide two options at Centre for Smile Designs, ClearCorrect® and Invisalign®, to help you realign your smile.
These aligners, like traditional braces, help treat a variety of orthodontic issues, such as overlapping teeth, crowded or crooked teeth, and rotated teeth. They can also help correct malocclusions such as overbites and underbites.
The discreetness and comfort of clear aligners have made them an increasingly popular choice over metal braces.
How Do Clear Aligners Work?
During your consultation, Dr. Hopkins uses 3D imaging and CBCT X-rays to craft precise digital impressions for your ClearCorrect® or Invisalign® trays. We ensure these aligners fit comfortably and monitor your progress through regular follow-ups. Aligners are typically worn for 22 hours a day and changed for a new set of trays every one to two weeks. Although your treatment duration will depend on the condition of your teeth, many patients see results in about eight months.
These aligners exert gentle, consistent pressure on your teeth. We will provide you with a series of personalized trays that you will use throughout treatment to facilitate a gradual shift of your teeth. Regular checkups allow Dr. Hopkins to track your progress and make adjustments as needed. Beyond aesthetics, clear aligners promote proper bite alignment, protect teeth, and simplify dental care.
Invisalign vs. ClearCorrect: What’s the Difference?
Invisalign® and ClearCorrect® are two premier brands offering clear aligners as an alternative to wire braces. While they function similarly, they differ in design.
ClearCorrect extends just above the gumline, covering a bit more than the teeth. Conversely, Invisalign’s scalloped edges follow the contour where the teeth and gums meet.
The choice between Invisalign and ClearCorrect may depend on personal preference or the specifics of your treatment plan. Both systems aim to discreetly and comfortably straighten teeth. At your consultation, we will discuss your dental goals and determine which option is right for you.
Transform Your Smile at Any Age
Clear aligners have redefined orthodontic treatment, offering a flexible option for teeth straightening at any age. No longer just for teens, they’re increasingly popular among adults seeking smile enhancement without the hassle of metal braces. These aligners are virtually invisible, offering a private and effective solution for anyone aiming for a confident, aligned smile.
Moreover, clear aligners reduce the frequency of dental visits compared to traditional braces, which often require monthly adjustments. While metal braces might take two to three years to achieve results, clear aligners typically work in a shorter timeframe. Additionally, advanced 3D imaging ensures a precise fit and enhanced comfort throughout treatment.
Discover the Discreet Power of Clear Aligners
Interested in realigning your teeth discreetly? Contact our team at the Centre for Smile Designs to schedule your visit. With over 25 years of experience, Dr. Hopkins is committed to providing comfortable and convenient orthodontic solutions. Visit us today and get the smile you have always wanted with clear aligners.