October is National Orthodontic Health Month! That may not mean much to you unless you have crooked, twisted, or misaligned teeth, bite problems, or gapped teeth. Orthodontics deals with with moving teeth into their proper positions so that you smile confidently and bite and chew comfortably. At Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS in Garland, TX, Dr. Greg Kerbel offers ClearCorrect short-term orthodontic treatment for adults and teens who want straight teeth.
Metal Braces Are A Mixed Blessing
Many people want straight teeth but are put off by the thought of traditional metal braces. That’s not surprising – having a “mouthful of metal” for two or even three years can put a damper on your occupational and social success. Why? Because it can make you reluctant to smile, and studies show that people who smile freely are viewed as more trustworthy and likeable.
Beyond the embarrassment factor, metal braces can be both uncomfortable and inconvenient. The metal bracket and wires can irritate and even cut sensitive tissues in the mouth. The wires require periodic tightening to keep moving teeth, and the tightening can cause pain.
Metal braces are difficult to brush around and to floss. There are also some food restrictions with metal braces, meaning that you may not be able to eat all the foods you love.
Treatment with metal braces is generally lengthy, often up to 36 months. That’s a long time to live with the disadvantages of braces.
With that said, metal braces do an excellent job of repositioning teeth. For complex orthodontic needs, they may be the preferred or the only solution.
ClearCorrect Is Different
ClearCorrect dental aligners avoid the problems of metal braces. Made from a smooth, clear plastic, the aligners are very hard for someone else to notice when you’re wearing them. The smooth plastic won’t irritate your mouth the way metal braces will. And you remove the aligners for eating – meaning you can eat the foods you want – and to care for your teeth just like you always do.
ClearCorrect is a completely customized, short-term orthodontic solution. Your aligners fit very snugly over the teeth and move teeth through gentle, continuous pressure. You wear the aligners for 20-22 hours every day – yes, you sleep confidently with them in place – and switch to the next aligner in your series every few weeks. A precise schedule will be determined for you.
ClearCorrect treatment is often complete within as little as 12 months. For busy adults and teens, that’s often far more preferable than spending 24-36 months in metal braces.
Is ClearCorrect Right For You?
The only way to answer that question is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Greg Kerbel at Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS in Garland, TX. Dr. Kerbel will perform a thorough examination, including including panoramic images and digital X-rays as needed.
If ClearCorrect is the right solution for you, we’ll take careful impressions of your teeth that will guide the laboratory in creating your completely customized aligners. Typically, your first two sets of aligners will be shipped to you within four weeks so you can get started on the road to the straight teeth you want!
About every 12 weeks, we’ll see you at our Garland, TX office to check your progress and provide your next set of aligners.
October can be your month to start getting the straight teeth you want. Schedule a consultation with Dr. Greg Kerbel at Gregory Allen Kerbel, DDS in Garland, TX. Call our office at 972-360-9944 today.