When people hear they need orthodontics, they envision traditional treatment involving metal brackets and wires. Dr. Ghina Morad is pleased to offer Invisalign® and ClearCorrect clear aligners that can effectively straighten your teeth without compromising your appearance.
While traditional braces are still commonly used to correct misaligned teeth, modern dentistry has provided a more discreet corrective process for adults and teens who need minor teeth adjustments, but are concerned with how they will look during treatment. Clear aligners are custom-made clear dental appliances that gradually straighten a patient’s smile by applying gentle, consistent pressure to the teeth. Patients struggling with crowded or gapped teeth may be suitable candidates for clear aligners. Because the aligners are made of clear thermoplastic material, they are a great solution for patients looking to discreetly align their smile. Schedule a consultation at the office of Dr. Ghina Morad today or stop by our office located at 2920 Broadway, Redwood City, CA 94061.
Invisalign aligners are made from a thick, clear, patented plastic material called SmartTrack. Patients that lead an active lifestyle may appreciate Invisalign’s sturdy material and durability. Invisalign offers a wide variety of aligners, which can treat mild to severe misalignment cases. Many patients opt for Invisalign as it is the original clear alignment therapy treatment with a long history in discreetly aligning beautiful smiles.
ClearCorrect aligners are made from medical-grade thermoplastic, and are significantly thinner than Invisalign aligners. Some patients prefer this thinner option, as it can cause the aligners to appear less visible. ClearCorrect offers a variety of aligners that are suitable for mild misalignments. Depending on the severity of your misalignment, ClearCorrect can sometimes be a more affordable option compared to Invisalign.
Clear aligners gradually straighten your teeth over an extensive period of time. Each aligner tray is custom made to ensure your teeth are slightly straighter than the previous tray. Trays are replaced every two weeks until your smile has reached its optimal result. For most cases, it can take up to a year to correct your smile.
Clear aligners are the ideal solution if you have mild to moderate teeth crowding and are looking for a substitute for traditional braces that will still achieve a beautiful, straight smile. During your initial evaluation, Dr. Morad will take impressions of your teeth that will be used to create your aligners. Your clear aligners must be worn about 22 hours per day and should be removed when you eat and clean your teeth. You will switch out your aligner every two weeks and visit us regularly to ensure your treatment is on track. Most of our patients receive their ideal smile in about a year. Other benefits of Invisalign and ClearCorrect include:
Yes! All aligners are made of medical grade BPA-free clear plastic, which means that they are both safe and comfortable to wear.
While time frames vary based on each individual patient’s needs, clear aligner therapy is known to provide quicker results than traditional braces. This is because aligners gently push on all teeth as a whole, whereas braces pull each tooth individually. In order to achieve the results you are looking for, it is crucial to follow your dentist’s instructions for wearing your custom-made clear aligners.
Unlike traditional metal braces, clear aligners gently and discreetly shift your teeth without any noticeable or uncomfortable metal brackets and wires. Clear aligners are also minimally invasive, so most patients find them far more comfortable than traditional braces. Since clear aligners are easily removable, you can quickly take them out for photos and functions and place them back in at any time. Benefits include:
However, clear aligners are not suited for everyone. If you are struggling with issues such as a malpositioned jaw or a severely misaligned bite, braces will offer a more versatile and powerful orthodontic treatment.
The cost of clear aligners is different for each patient. Factors that may affect the cost of your clear aligner therapy include the aligner brand, appointment and visits, insurance type, and more. The best way to find out how much you’ll pay for clear aligner therapy is to schedule a consultation with your dentist.