Years ago, when patients had crooked teeth or spacing issues that required orthodontic treatment, the only option was metal braces or retainers. Fortunately, as dental techniques have advanced, the available orthodontic treatments have increased. For patients today, metal braces are just one of the many treatments available for correcting misaligned teeth. One of the treatments preferred by Memphis cosmetic dentist Ettiennne van Zyl’s patients is ClearCorrect™ invisible braces.
As a cosmetic dentist, Dr. van Zyl understands that the aesthetics of the smile are equally as important to his patients as their oral health. That is why Dr. van Zyl believes in using ClearCorrect™ to straighten and align the teeth. With ClearCorrect™ invisible braces, Dr. van Zyl can provide patients the same results as metal braces without compromising the aesthetics of the smile by placing bulky metal brackets on the surface of the teeth.
Instead, ClearCorrect™ uses a series of clear plastic aligners to slowly shift the teeth into their correct position. These aligners are often referred to as invisible braces because they fit closely to the teeth and are transparent, making them nearly invisible to the naked eye.
In addition to the vastly improved aesthetics of ClearCorrect™, patients also benefit from comfort and convenience that they could not expect from traditional metal braces. ClearCorrect™ aligner trays are much more comfortable than traditional braces because they are free of brackets and wires. They also shift the teeth gradually, as a series of custom made aligners are used throughout treatment, so patients do not experience the degree of pain or tightness that is associated with traditional braces. One of the conveniences of ClearCorrect™ that really appeals to our patients is the fact that the aligners can be removed when the patient is eating, drinking, or brushing their teeth. As long as the aligners are worn for at least 20 hours each day, our patients can expect treatment to be complete within the same time frame as braces.
Most of our Memphis patients are good candidates for ClearCorrect™ treatment. However, for some, the time required for treatment is seen as an inconvenience. For these patients in Memphis, porcelain veneers may be a more appropriate treatment. Porcelain veneers are a cosmetic orthodontic treatment. This means that teeth will remain in the current position but the aesthetics of the smile will be greatly improved. Dr. van Zyl is able to achieve these results by adhering porcelain veneers to the teeth. The porcelain veneers cover the teeth to conceal gaps, overcrowding, and/or crooked teeth. Patients are left with the appearance of a straight, uniform teeth.
If you have teeth that require orthodontic treatment, there are many more options to explore other than metal braces. To learn more about ClearCorrect™ or the other orthodontic treatments available to our Memphis patients, schedule an appointment with Dr. van Zyl at your earliest convenience. Dr. van Zyl can give you the straight, even smile you desire, and make crooked teeth a problem of the past.