Clear Teeth Straightening
Clear, comfortable aligners to straighten your teeth
No metal! No wires! Dr. Grimshaw offers two alternatives to traditional metal braces that use clear, comfortable plastic aligners to gently move your teeth into the correct position. Both adults and teens can benefit from these effective procedures for straightening teeth and aligning the bite (how your upper and lower arches meet).
Dr. Grimshaw is friendly, easy to talk to, listens carefully to you and answers any questions you may have. She draws upon her advanced training and experience to help you select the best treatment option for you – ClearCorrect or Invisalign®.
How clear aligners work
Both Invisalign and ClearCorrect are reliable, proven methods of straightening teeth, and the procedure for each is very similar.
Planning your treatment
Dr. Grimshaw takes digital X-rays, external photos and impressions of your teeth, which technicians use to create digital 3D images of your teeth. Dr. Grimshaw uses these images to map out a precise treatment plan. She can show you a virtual representation of how your teeth will move with each stage of treatment, and let you know the approximate length of treatment.
Custom, clear aligners are fabricated following the treatment plan designed by Dr. Grimshaw. These aligners are made of a smooth, BPA-free plastic that won’t irritate your gums like traditional metal braces often do. It’s recommended to wear the aligners for 20-22 hours in a day. You can remove the aligners to eat and to brush and floss your teeth.
Gradually straightening your teeth
Your aligners will be traded out about every two to four weeks, with each new set advancing you to the next stage of the treatment. You’ll come in to our office every four to six weeks so that Dr. Grimshaw can keep an eye on your progress.
In addition to full treatment with Invisalign, some cases can be treated with the expedited version, Invisalign Express.
Invisalign Express offers an effective, affordable, fast and convenient way to straighten minor aesthetic concerns in three months or less. This accelerated process uses five sets of aligner trays that are replaced approximately every two weeks and gradually shift the teeth in the same manner as the longer process.
Straight Talk about Crooked Teeth
Straightening crooked teeth is not only an aesthetic consideration. Misaligned teeth can cause other health concerns, as outlined in this video.
Advantages of clear aligners
Straightening teeth with clear aligners offers many advantage over traditional metal braces. Some of these include the following.
They’re nearly invisible: Others may not even notice you’re wearing the clear aligner trays.
Oral health: You can remove the trays to brush and floss as you normally would to maintain good oral health.
You can eat what you want: Just pop out the trays when you want to order popcorn at the movies or bite into a juicy apple.
Important events: You don’t need to be memorialized in photos with a mouth full of metal, like with regular braces.
More comfortable: Smooth plastic trays don’t irritate teeth and gums as metal wires and rubber bands often do.
Less time in the chair: Dental visits are scheduled every four to six weeks, less often than visits with traditional braces.
Conditions Dr. Grimshaw can fix with clear aligners
Overly crowded teeth
Usually caused when there is not enough room along the jawbone for all of your teeth to be situated comfortably.
An overbite can cause painful jaw and joint problems, as well as gum irritation and wear on the lower teeth.
An underbite can cause undue stress on the lower teeth as well as jaw and joint problems.
Gaps in Teeth
Gaps in teeth can occur with abnormal continued growth of the jawbone, or when there are missing teeth causing adjacent teeth to shift. Spacing issues can lead to an increased risk of gum disease.
This is when some teeth are unable to make contact with the opposing teeth for a proper bite. An open bite can cause poor or painful chewing as well as problems with the jaw joint.
A crossbite occurs when one or more of the upper teeth bite on the inside of the lower teeth. This can cause teeth wear, gum disease and bone loss.
To make an appointment, call 910.218.9699 or click here to request an appointment online.