Clear Braces from our Philadelphia, PA, dental practice can straighten your teeth comfortably and effectively, while being virtually invisible. Properly aligned teeth are not only more attractive, but they also benefit your oral health. Dr. Dmitri Karagodsky, our esteemed dentist, is known for his skill in enhancing patients’ smiles with this revolutionary orthodontic treatment, as well as for the personal attention he affords all his patients.
The clear aligners used during treatment are removable, making eating and cleaning your teeth much simpler than with traditional braces.
Oral Health Benefits of Orthodontics
Misaligned teeth can put your oral health at risk for a variety of reasons. Cleaning between the teeth to remove plaque and bacteria can prove difficult, and this difficulty leads to buildup that can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Left untreated, gum disease can lead to serious problems, such as tooth loss, an increased risk for diabetes complications, heart disease, and other health issues. Protruding teeth chip and crack more easily, and misaligned teeth can cause opposing teeth to wear down. Some patients also experience jaw pain, chewing problems, and impaired speech. Effective orthodontic treatment alleviates these impediments so that you can retain your natural teeth, and enjoy good oral health for a lifetime.
ClearCorrect™ Clear Aligners
ClearCorrect™ uses a series of custom-made clear aligner trays to move teeth instead of the metal brackets and wires that traditional orthodontics require. The aligners are removable, making eating and cleaning your teeth much simpler than with traditional braces. The trays are smooth, eliminating the discomfort of brackets and wires against the soft tissues of the mouth. One of the biggest advantages to systems such as ClearCorrect™ is that they are nearly invisible. Most people will not know that you are straightening your teeth unless you tell them.
The ClearCorrect™ system is a newer alternative to braces with some advantages over Invisalign.®
While he also offers Invisalign®, which is a similar system, Dr. Karagodsky prefers ClearCorrect™. The system uses thinner aligners with a smoother finish that prevents clouding after prolonged use. The doctor can order your aligners in phases, rather than all at once, allowing for corrections midway through treatment if adjustments become necessary. Many patients like the fact that ClearCorrect™ has all of its facilities in the United States, and provides only American-made products. Most patients, however, see the price of ClearCorrect™ as its greatest advantage. ClearCorrect™ provides virtually the same system as Invisalign® for less money.
The Treatment Process
Treatment with clear braces starts with a consultation with Dr. Karagodsky. With a careful evaluation, he will determine whether you can achieve the results you are looking for. Some patients have more complex orthodontic requirements that are better suited to traditional braces, which he also offers. If clear braces are right for you, the doctor will take digital images and x-rays of your teeth that will be used to design your custom aligners. With our digital imaging technology, you can preview your smile before you even start treatment.
When your aligners are ready, you will wear each set for two weeks. The gentle, controlled force they apply over time on specific teeth will guide them into their proper place. You should wear the aligners for at least 22 hours each day, only removing them for eating and cleaning. At the end of your treatment, Dr. Karagodsky will provide you with a custom retainer to maintain your teeth in their new positions.
If you are ready to have a straighter smile without the hassle of metal braces, Dr. Karagodsky can help. Contact Us Today to schedule your consultation for clear braces.
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