Donald M. Marks DMD offers clear braces in his State College, PA office. Comfortable, discreet aligners move crooked teeth into healthier and better looking positions.
Have you wanted your smile to look straight and stay healthy, but the idea of wearing traditional metal braces discourages you? Many teens and adults feel that way but have a great orthodontic option: Clear Correct clear braces from State College, PA dentist, Dr. Donald M. Marks.
What exactly are clear braces?
Clear Correct invisible acrylic aligners fit tightly over top and bottom teeth. Well-suited for mild to moderate orthodontic issues, Clear Correct aligners resemble teeth whitening trays and are custom-made to move teeth into better positions, fixing problems with:
- under bite
- cross bite
- tooth rotation
Dr. Donald Marks , and his associate dentist, Dr. John A. Martin, offer Clear Correct because the system straightens crooked smiles in less time than metal brackets and wires. It avoids the dietary restrictions, “metal mouth” look and discomfort so common to lingual, metal and ceramic braces.
How treatment with Clear Correct works
Dr. Marks or Dr. Martin examines the patient’s teeth and gums and takes x-rays to see if Clear Correct is appropriate for his or her particular problem. If so, the dentist formulates a specific treatment plan to send to the Clear Correct lab. A specialized technician individually crafts the aligner pairs—usually 18 to 30 in all.
The aligners simply snap into place over the top and bottom arches. Some mild discomfort is noticeable at first as the teeth begin to change positions. However, over the counter ibuprofen or acetaminophen alleviates this. Also, patients may slur their words initially, but as facial muscles adjust to their aligners, speech quickly normalizes.
Life with Clear Correct
In addition, Clear Correct aligners are BPA-free, removable and easy to clean. Just brush and rinse. There are no complex flossing routines or lengthy adjustments at Donald Marks Family Dentistry. At each dental appointment, spaced 4 to 6 weeks apart, patients receive a brief progress check and new sets of aligners.
The aligner pairs are worn for about 2 weeks before changing to the next set in the treatment plan. The individuals must wear their aligners for the prescribed time daily—typically, 20 to 22 hours and of course, take them out for twice daily tooth brushing, daily flossing and for meals.
Patients report they enjoy the discreet appearance of Clear Correct. Some say no one notices their State College, PA clear braces unless they are told about them. However, many patients elect to remove them for special events such as wedding pictures, graduations and professional presentations. After typical treatment times of a year (much less than with traditional braces), Clear Correct patients wear retainers to keep their newly straightened teeth stable.
Find out more
The friendly staff at Donald Marks Family Dentistry can tell you all about Clear Correct and help you decide if these innovative aligners are right for your smile. Contact the office for your personal appointment.