ClearCorrect at Dr. Sajan’s Victoria BC Dental Clinic
ClearCorrect is a clear aligner system used to treat crooked and crowded teeth in adults and teens. This modern take on braces features a system of clear aligner trays that are worn at all times with the exception of during meals and when brushing or flossing.
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ClearCorrect is a clear aligner system used to treat crooked and crowded teeth in adults and teens. This clear aligner system is similar to Invisalign, with a few differences which makes them better suited for certain cases. Backed by one of the largest dental companies in the world, these aligners custom fitted to the teeth, making them virtually unnoticeable when laughing, talking, and eating with other people. Patients receive a sequence of trays, each of which is slightly different than the one before. The aligners provide slight resistance to the teeth, forcing them to move into alignment over time. With the use of the iTero digital scanner in our Victoria BC dental office, we area able to do digital scans for our patients which are faster and much less messy than traditional impression procedures. These files are also securely uploaded to ClearCorrect the same day, so case turn around times are a lot faster as well. Additionally, with the use of our Propel Orthodontic Acceleration device, we can complete most of our cases in less than a year!
What to Know When Going Through ClearCorrect Treatment
Here Is Some Information You Should Know About ClearCorrect Treatment
Eating and Drinking
Our Victoria BC Dental office advises that you should not eat anything while the ClearCorrect trays are in your mouth. Eating with the trays in can bend, distort and break the trays, resulting in undesirable tooth movements. You can drink plain (unflavoured) water with your trays in, but NOTHING else. If you have anything other than water with your trays in, you can trap bad bacteria around the tray leading to cavities. You will need to brush and floss your teeth before you place your trays in, EVERY TIME.
Clean your trays with your toothbrush, a small amount of toothpaste and water. Brush the trays and rinse them thoroughly every day. Do NOT soak them in mouthwash or denture cleaner. These can breakdown and distort the trays, resulting in poor performance of the trays.
Maintain your regular dental hygiene maintenance appointments. Ensuring good gum and bone health will help the progress of ClearCorrect treatment. Your dentist will also be able to check to ensure that you are maintaining things well and not developing any cavities. Do not use any whitening products during ClearCorrect treatment. There will be attachments placed on your teeth which will not lighten, and which will not allow the covered portion of the tooth to lighten. This will lead to a ‘patchy’ appearance to teeth.
It is VERY important for your to brush and floss your teeth before you place your trays in, EVERY TIME. This will ensure that there are no bacteria being trapped around your teeth, which can lead to cavities. That is why your teeth, gums and your trays need to be kept as clean as possible.
Do NOT store your trays in a napkin. Napkins get thrown out, and sometimes trays do too. That why it is always a good idea to keep your trays in the case we provide you when they are not in your mouth. This case will also help keep them safe from pets. Pets will be attracted to the scent of your saliva in the trays and will tend to chew them up, making them unusable.
Wear the trays as much as possible. The most effective tooth movement comes from 20-22 hours of wear a day. That means they should be only taken out to eat, brush and floss and then put back in. You must wear your trays at night. Also, keep your previous set of trays. In case something happens to your current tray, it will give you something to wear to keep your teeth from moving until a replacement set can be ordered.
Getting Towards the End of Treatment
There are multiple phases of treatment. The first phase gets us close to our desired outcome (about 80% of the way). The second (and possibly third) phase will finish the case. The fourth phase is the retainers. Retainers of some sort must be worn after treatment is complete. This will make sure that the teeth stay where we have placed them so that they do not relapse. If they relapse, orthodontic treatment may be required again in the future.
Frequently Asked Questions
Am I a candidate for ClearCorrect?
If you have crooked or crowded teeth that are embarrassing to you or otherwise preventing you from achieving optimal oral health, ClearCorrect could be the solution for you. Visit your Victoria ClearCorrect dentist for a complete consultation to find out if you could benefit from clear orthodontics.
What should I expect during my ClearCorrect treatment?
You will wear your aligners nearly all of the time, with the exception of about two hours per day. ClearCorrect treatments in Victoria are different for everyone, but most patients can achieve their ideal smiles within one to two years. During that time, you can expect to make occasional dental visits to monitor your progress.
Will I need any post-treatment care?
Following your treatment in Victoria, you will no longer need to wear ClearCorrect trays. However, you will need to wear a retainer every night to help protect your new smile. It is also important to continue visiting your dentist for routine check-ups and twice-yearly cleaning.
How long will treatment take?
Treatment time will vary based on the individual needs of each case. Most cases require 10-24 months of active treatment. However, with the new treatment technology available at our dental clinic, Propel, we are able to cut treatment time in half. For more information, visit our Propel information page.
Where can I learn more?
For more information specific to ClearCorrect, visit their website at https://www.straumann.com/clearcorrect/ca/en.html.