It used to be that the only option for anyone undergoing orthodontic work was through traditional metal braces. Nowadays, patients have several options available. One of the more discreet and comfortable treatments currently uses a series of clear plastic aligners in a new orthodontic option called ClearCorrect.
ClearCorrect does not involve any of the brackets or wires that are associated with traditional metal braces. Instead, a series of clear plastic aligner trays are used to straighten your teeth using pressure. The whole course of your treatment is actually mapped out before you even start your treatment. Your dentist will send the ClearCorrect laboratory impressions and photographs of your mouth for use in creating a 3D model of your mouth. Using this model, the aligners are designed so that they incrementally move your teeth into the desired position over the course of the treatment.
Each aligner is worn for three weeks at a time and then is replaced with an aligner that represents the next step in your treatment. The length of treatment will ultimately depend on the severity of your case. Average treatment times are between one to two years, though. The biggest advantage with ClearCorrect is that, while you are wearing your aligners, outside observers will have no idea that you are wearing them. Also, your diet will not be as restricted as it may be with braces, because you can remove your ClearCorrect aligners each time you eat.