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An Invisible Alternatives to Braces is Here!

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If you’re in the know on the latest in orthodontic trends, you’ve likely heard of several companies recently that have taken clear aligners and made them affordable, easy to use, and accessible for patients who aren’t sure if braces are right for them.

Our practice recently partnered with ClearCorrect to provide our patients with a new treatment option for getting a straighter smile, through a series of clear aligners, and we couldn’t be more thrilled! ClearCorrect aligners are practically invisible, giving our Kingsport, TN dental practice the ability to help our patients achieve the smile they’ve been waiting for! Take a look below at some of the benefits of clear aligners, and see what the hype is about.

Why Clear Aligners?

While metal brackets, also known as traditional braces, are a popular option for teens and adults alike, some patients may feel that a mouth full of metal isn’t as appealing as they’d like. With ClearCorrect, Our team creates a custom series of clear aligners that can be worn, not seen! Clear aligners are nearly 100% invisible to others, so they don’t interfere with your social, professional, or personal life!

Clear aligners should be worn the majority of the day, but can be removed for eating and teeth cleaning, making them an effortless way to straighten your teeth. For you, that means no major routine changes, no expensive or confusing brushing tools, and the ability to enjoy the foods you want. Traditional brackets can inhibit you from enjoying hard foods, and require special care to clean properly. With our clear aligners, you’ll simply remove, enjoy your favorite foods, brush, floss, and put them back in!

Additionally, using trays as a means of straightening reduces the effects that metal braces can cause to the lips, cheeks, and gums. No poking wires, or cut lips – a huge benefit!

How long do clear aligners take to work?

While we estimate the typical timeframe for treatment at around 18 months, the truth is that the real answer is anywhere from a couple of months to a couple of years. Clear aligners are custom made for each patient, and a treatment plan is determined based on what we learn after your exam. Typically, the process is as follows:

1. Set an appointment with our dental team.

2. Meet with Dr. Bateman to discuss ClearCorrect.

3. Once we’ve determined that clear aligners are a great solution for you, we’ll begin to take photos and x-rays, and use a scanner or impressions to capture the shape and position of each tooth.

4. From there, we’ll create your roadmap to a straight smile, and will define how many sets of trays you’ll need, how long the process should take, and how often you’ll be switching to new trays.

5. Once the plan is in place, you’ll begin wearing your clear aligners! The aligners will work to apply pressure and move the position of your teeth gradually, just like braces, and you’ll begin to see progress!

If you’re ready to get started, great! Give us a call at (423)246-9231

Are Clear Aligners Affordable?

Yes! Our Kingsport dentist office takes your budget seriously. We have a variety of options that can help keep clear aligners affordable. We truly believe that investing in your smile is a great choice for all ages, and we’re very excited to work with ClearCorrect to offer this affordable option.

Maintenance for Clear Aligners

One of the best parts of clear aligners is that they are easy to maintain! You’ll go over proper care for them with our team once you receive your first set of aligners, but unlike metal braces which can require extra maintenance, appliances and accessories, and special cleaning techniques, you’ll find that clear aligners fit in with your life!

Simple to clean, clear aligners don’t require you to shift your morning and evening routines. With ClearCorrect, you can brush and floss as normal. If you play sports or participate in other high-impact activities, it’s ok to remove temporarily. The aligners should be worn at least 22 hours a day to maintain their movement – forgetting the aligners can cause a slowdown in progress, or unwanted shifts that can cause the roadmap to change.


Before and After Braces

Our goal is to get your smile straight as soon as possible, because we know that a smile you are proud of can make a world of difference in your confidence, appearance, and self-esteem.

Another benefit of using ClearCorrect with our office is reduced appointments! As a certified ClearCorrect provider, we can handle both dental and alignment appointments together, versus having to see two providers during treatment time. For you that means less appointments, less scheduling, and more time back for yourself! All appointments for your clear aligners are held in our office, and can be scheduled in line with your regularly scheduled dental appointments.

Are Clear Aligners a good choice for you?

More now than ever, clear aligners are an option for most dental patients. Using clear aligners can help you achieve a straighter smile, without the appearance of a mouth full of metal, and without impeding your lifestyle. It’s never too late to get started!

Contact our Kingsport, TN dental office to see if ClearCorrect clear aligners are a good choice for your smile.

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Posted by Jake Bateman at 1:21 PM
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