Is treatment comfortable?

We’ve designed ClearCorrect to be among the most comfortable orthodontic aligners available. We like to think we’ve found the perfect balance between comfort and treatment time.
Wearing ClearCorrect aligners isn’t painful, but you may find it a little uncomfortable in the first days of treatment or when you progress from one aligner to the next. If you do experience discomfort, it shouldn’t last longer than a day or two.
You may also notice changes to your bite – the way your upper and lower teeth connect. While that isn’t painful, some people say it does take a little getting used to. Changes to your bite are often the first sign that your ClearCorrect aligner is beginning to work.
The longer you wear your aligners, the more comfortable and natural they’ll feel.

Are they really invisible?

While ClearCorrect aligners aren’t quite invisible they’re definitely not easy to spot, thanks to the medical-grade transparent plastic used for production. Most people won’t notice you wearing your aligner. Occasionally, you may notice people do a double-take or ask what you are wearing on your teeth.

Will it affect my speech?

Some patients notice a change in speech – usually lisping – when first trying on their aligner. It’ll subside quickly but it’s best to avoid making any grand speeches for an hour or two after leaving the clinic.

How do I clean my aligners?

One of the many great things about ClearCorrect is being able to remove your aligner when you eat. But even so, you’ll still need to keep it clean to reduce the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. We recommend cleaning your aligner in cold water with non-abrasive toothpaste. You’ll find handy cleaning and care instructions provided with each new set of aligners.

What are those weird bumps on my teeth?

Sometimes, your dentist may add engagers to your teeth to help your aligner achieve complex tooth movements. They’re made from tooth-coloured composite and aren’t noticeable until you remove your aligner. Only used when absolutely necessary, engagers are easy to remove when treatment is over.

How long does treatment take?

Treatment time all depends on your goals and the amount of tooth movement needed to achieve them. You should expect to spend anything from 8-14 months in treatment, although it could be weeks in some cases. Your dentist will be able to give you an estimated treatment time. Treatment can take longer if you can’t commit to wearing your appliance for the recommended 22 hours a day.

What is the daily wear time?

ClearCorrect aligners are designed to be worn throughout the day and removed only at mealtimes or for brushing and flossing. Your total daily wear should add up to 22 hours. Any less and you could find your teeth reverting to their former position, so sticking to your daily routine is key.

Will I need to wear a retainer?

Just like with all other orthodontic systems, you’ll have to wear an aligner after treatment to prevent relapse. Your dentist can provide a comfortable retainer to wear at night while you sleep.

What are ClearCorrect aligners made of?

Aligners are made from a unique, proprietary polyurethane resin that is specially formulated for ClearCorrect. The resin is strong and flexible with fantastic resistance to cracks and breaks. It’s also resistant to staining. But the best thing about polyurethane is its exceptional clarity that makes the aligner so difficult to spot when you wear it.

Do the aligners contain BPA or phthalates?

No. ClearCorrect aligners are made without BPA or phthalates. They are food-safe, biocompatible and approved for use by the relevant EU and UK bodies.

Can I still wear ClearCorrect if I’m pregnant or nursing?

Yes! ClearCorrect aligners are free from harmful chemicals and suitable for use when pregnant or breastfeeding. Always ask a dental professional if you are unsure or have questions.

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