Teeth Straightening Options

Many people assume they have to wear braces if they want to straighten their teeth, but there is actually a clear option. ClearCorrect can correct misalignment, crowding, and spacing, all without any brackets or wires. Instead, this orthodontic option gently shifts teeth through a series of plastic trays called aligners. They fit snugly over your teeth and they’re clear, so it’s often difficult for people to even notice you’re wearing them.

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Many people assume they have to wear braces if they want to straighten their teeth, but there is actually a clear option. ClearCorrect can correct misalignment, crowding, and spacing, all without any brackets or wires. Instead, this orthodontic option gently shifts teeth through a series of plastic trays called aligners. They fit snugly over your teeth and they’re clear, so it’s often difficult for people to even notice you’re wearing them.

Every couple of weeks you’ll swap out your trays for the next set, which are specifically designed to move your teeth to a certain position. You’ll only need to visit us around once every six weeks so we can make sure your treatment is progressing as planned. During treatment, you can take out the trays to brush your teeth like normal and eat without any food restrictions.

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FastBraces®

In addition to Six Month Smiles, we also offer another orthodontic treatment that accelerates the straightening process. Unlike traditional metal braces that move the crown of your tooth and then the tooth’s root, FastBraces move the entire tooth at once. This advanced orthodontic method can correct minor to more complex alignment issues.

FastBraces utilizes triangle-shaped brackets instead of traditional square brackets to increase the flexibility of the metal wire and reduce your time in braces. FastBraces can give you a straight, beautiful smile before you know it.


Six Month Smiles® Accelerated Braces

The possibility of straightening your smile in time for you next dental check-up may seem too good to be believe, but it’s true! Six Month Smiles are accelerated braces that focus on straightening your front teeth, rather than changing your entire bite, which is what allows them to work quickly and effectively. These front teeth are sometimes called the “Social Six” because they are the ones that show when you smile.

Six Month Smiles braces use brackets and wires that are either clear or tooth-colored for a discreet appearance. Their advanced shape-memory wires also exert a lower force, offering you a more comfortable treatment process.

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Orthodontics FAQ

Why should I straighten my teeth?

One of the main reasons people want to straighten their teeth is because they want a more attractive smile. Yes, having straight teeth can improve the appearance of your smile, but that’s not the only benefit. Besides a bump in self-image and self-confidence, properly aligned teeth help you bite and chew more effectively. They also make it easier to keep your teeth and gums clean so you can avoid oral health problems.


How much will my orthodontic treatment cost?

There is no single answer for how much orthodontic treatment will cost as it depends on a variety of individual factors. How much work needs to be done is one, and we can only see that once we’ve seen you for a consultation. We also have flexible financial options available to make it easier to fit orthodontics into your budget.


How long will my treatment take?

Just like with the cost of orthodontics, many factors go into the length of your treatment. Some of these include your age and the complexity of your case. The average time for Six Month Smiles is six months, while other options are generally lengthier.


Do I have to wear a retainer when my treatment is done?

Teeth naturally shift over time, and you don’t want to lose all the hard work we did during with orthodontics. That’s why it’s important to wear retainers once your treatment is complete. We’ll give you a schedule of how long you should wear your retainer to ensure that your teeth stay straight.

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