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Orthodontics & ClearCorrect

El Portal Dental Group

The purpose of orthodontics is to treat any type of malocclusion, which is simply another way of saying “bad bite.” When you have a malocclusion, that means your teeth, lips, and/or jaws don’t line up the way they should. As a result, your teeth may be crooked, your bite may not work correctly, and your jaws may look unbalanced.

To fix bad bites, specially-trained dentists called orthodontists use braces and other corrective procedures, including materials often called “appliances,” to achieve tooth and jaw alignment. This correction of the teeth and their supportive structures makes for a healthy, attractive smile.

When Should I See an Orthodontist?

Kids should see an orthodontist at age 7. Modern orthodontics is much different from what it was a decade or so ago. When most people think of orthodontics, they think of teenagers. And the fact is, most orthodontics treatment begins between the ages of 9 and 14. However, by age 7, most children have a mix of adult and baby teeth. Orthodontists can spot subtle problems with jaw growth and emerging teeth while some baby teeth are still present. That’s important because some orthodontic problems are easier to correct if they’re found early.

For these reasons, the American Association of Orthodontists recommends that your child get an orthodontic check-up no later than age 7. While your child’s teeth may appear to be straight, there could be a problem that only an orthodontist can detect. Of course, the check-up may reveal that your child’s bite is fine, and that can be comforting news.

If you’re an adult looking for orthodontal work, it’s never too late to get started!

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Clearcorrect

Looking to straighten your teeth without the hassle of traditional braces? You may be the perfect candidate for ClearCorrect. To discuss these clear aligners, please contact us to schedule an appointment!

What is Clearcorrect?

ClearCorrect is a series of clear removable aligners used to straighten your teeth without having to use the metal brackets and wires of traditional braces. These aligners are made through 3-D computer technology with the expertise of our dentists.

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How Does It Work?

Our impressions leave our office the same day they are taken. These impressions are sent to the ClearCorrect lab to be scanned, and the computer model of your teeth is constructed. From this model, your custom aligners are created.

Once the aligners are received in our office, you are notified by phone, and an appointment is set up to bond/glue any small, clear buttons/attachments to your teeth. These clear attachments act as your “braces” and allow us to manipulate the teeth. Your first aligner is inserted, and you receive instructions on wear and care. ClearCorrect aligners are worn for 22-23 hours of the day and are usually changed every 2 weeks or as prescribed by our dentist.

The Process

  • New Patient Exam – At your first orthodontic visit, our dentist will complete an orthodontic examination to determine your orthodontic needs.
  • Orthodontic Records/Consultation – This appointment is approximately 1½ hours long and will include X- rays, a set of dental impressions, and photographs of you and your teeth. Your orthodontic records are used to diagnose your orthodontic problem more accurately so that Dr. Nguyen can design a treatment plan specifically for you. At the orthodontic consultation, our team will go over all of your orthodontic records and show you examples of braces, ClearCorrect aligners, and any appliances that may be involved in your treatment. The consultation is scheduled for 40 minutes and includes individual time with the doctor to ask any questions you may have involving your specific treatment.
  • Getting Braces or ClearCorrect Aligners On – One of our highly-trained orthodontic assistants will oversee the placement of your appliances and answer all of your questions and walk you through the entire process from beginning to end.
  • Getting Your Braces Off/Retainers – It is important that you make arrangements with our office to have a good cleaning, check-up, and fluoride treatment following the removal of your aligners.
  • You will be pleased at how easy and comfortable the process is. At this appointment, you will be provided with a photo of your teeth before you had braces so you can compare how your beautiful smile looks now!
  • Before you leave the office, we will make a set of retainers for you to wear to hold your teeth into their final position. Our dentists will decide which retainer is best for you and will prescribe a protocol for wearing your retainers. Most patients are advised that they should wear their retainers indefinitely in some capacity. The general rule is “wear your retainers for as long as you want your teeth to stay straight.”

For more information on ClearCorrect, please visit their website at www.clearcorrect.com.

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