ClearCorrect and Invisalign® in Highland Park, Illinois
If you are seeking a straightened smile, but are not ready to sport a mouthful of metal to achieve it, the dental office of Dr. Carol Lockwood is ready to help you with Invisalign® and ClearCorrect clear braces in Highland Park.
Both Invisalign® and ClearCorrect are systems of thin, nearly-invisible plastic aligner trays that are worn for several weeks at a time and then swapped for a new set of aligners as treatment progresses. Over time, your teeth shift into proper position. Dr. Lockwood is a Highland Park ClearCorrect and Invisalign® dentist who can ensure you achieve the smile you have always wanted, without your friends and family ever knowing.
How Do Invisalign® and ClearCorrect Work?
Invisalign® and ClearCorrect are two trusted brands of removable, clear plastic aligners.
ClearCorrect aligners are created using your dental records and molds of your teeth. A three-dimensional image of your smile is created using specialized computer software so your trays can be customized to your smile through every phase of treatment. The computer mock-up of your progress can be advanced in time to show how your teeth can shift and align through regularly wearing your aligners.
Dr. Lockwood will review the finished product with you at her Highland Park, IL dental office to ensure your new smile meets your treatment goals. She can give you a starter or "Phase One" aligner that helps you become accustomed to wearing ClearCorrect aligners. When your first corrective set of aligners comes in from the dental laboratory, you will wear them for at least 22 hours each day, and switch them out on a bi-weekly basis.
Invisalign® works on similar premise to ClearCorrect aligners. Invisalign® is created using specialized treatment software and can even feature precision cuts for wearing dental elastics to not only straighten your smile, but also correct mild dental jaw alignment concerns, such as an overbite or crossbite.
What Problems can Invisalign® and ClearCorrect Fix?
Both Invisalign® and ClearCorrect can correct mild dental alignment issues, such as:
• Crowded teeth
• Gapped teeth
If your teeth are severely misaligned or uneven, the clear aligners may not exert enough force to effectively move the teeth. At your consultation appointment, you can discuss your dental alignment concerns and Dr. Lockwood will inform you whether Invisalign or ClearCorrect will work well in helping you meet your goals.
Clear Braces Compared to Traditional Braces
Clear aligners can offer patients several distinct advantages over traditional braces. Their clear, see-through material means few people can or will notice you are wearing them. Also, they are removable, which means you can still eat and drink without having to make changes to your diet or worry about food getting stuck in your teeth. However, you must wear your aligners most hours of the day to truly experience the best possible results. Both Invisalign® and ClearCorrect are made from smooth plastic, so your orthodontic treatment won’t hurt the sensitive tissue on the inside of your mouth, the way metal brackets and wires can.
Please contact our office at 847-748-8077 to schedule an Invisalign or ClearCorrect consultation in Highland Park with Dr. Lockwood.