Crooked teeth can leave you feeling less than confident about your smile, and they can also make it more difficult to brush your teeth properly. But can you straighten your pearly whites without having to deal with the inconvenience of braces? In many cases, the answer is yes thanks to ClearCorrect! This alternative orthodontic option gives you a discreet way to correct your crooked smile in less time than traditional metal braces. Call us today to schedule your first consultation with Dr. Hardin to discuss your smile alignment with ClearCorrect aligners in Plano, TX.
Why Choose Westpark Village Dental Care for Clear Aligner Therapy?
Customized Aligners for Every Individual
A Caring Team That Will Get to Know You
Hardin is a Member of the American Academy of Clear Aligners
How Clear Aligners Work
A series of clear plastic aligners will be created based on impressions of your mouth. When worn, the aligners will exert pressure on your teeth in order to slowly shift them into new positions, gradually creating a straighter grin. You will need to wear your aligners for about 20 to 22 hours every day, and you’ll switch to the next set of aligners in your customized series every one or two weeks. The treatment usually takes between 12 and 18 months, although the timeline varies based on your situation.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Clear Aligners?
ClearCorrect aligners can offer teens and adults a more image-friendly alternative to bulky metal braces. Most patients qualify as good candidates for this option. The treatment works best for mild to moderate corrections, and it can be used to address a variety of orthodontic issues.
When your teeth are crowded, you may have a hard time cleaning between them. This puts you at a higher-than-average risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Fortunately, ClearCorrect can be used to straighten teeth and create the necessary space between them so that you can comfortably practice proper oral hygiene.
Gaps Between Teeth
Having unusually large spaces between your teeth can be embarrassing. It also means there are more places in your mouth where food can become trapped and cause bad breath, gum disease, and tooth decay. ClearCorrect treatment can close the gaps in your grin to enhance your appearance and protect your oral health.
Overbites, underbites, crossbites, and open bites can negatively impact your mouth’s ability to properly distribute the forces of chewing. This in turn increases your overall risk for bruxism, jaw pain, enamel erosion, and TMJ disorder. ClearCorrect can often be used to correct the alignment of your bite and reduce your chances of suffering jaw problems.
The Benefits of Clear Aligners
The most obvious benefit of clear aligners is the aesthetic advantage of clear aligners that don’t stick out the way traditional metal braces do. Additionally, you’ll be able to take your aligners out when it’s time to eat, meaning you won’t have to worry about any dietary restrictions while straightening your smile. When it comes to treatment time, clear aligners are generally faster than traditional braces, and it involves fewer check-in appointments. Finally, clear aligners make it easier to clear your teeth since you can remove them to thoroughly brush and floss, which significantly reduces your risk of yellow teeth and cavities!
Understanding the Cost of Clear Aligners
The cost of clear aligner treatment varies from patient to patient. To create an estimate for you, we’ll need to consider several factors, such as the number of aligners you’ll need and the complexity of your corrections. In addition to explaining how much you can expect to pay for your treatment, our team will also outline your options for making ClearCorrect as affordable as possible. We want you to enjoy a straighter smile without putting too much of a strain on your wallet!
Factors that Affect the Cost of Clear Aligners
Each patient looking to straighten their smile requires a scheduled consultation with a member of our team. Since you are expressing an interest in clear aligners, you can expect that we will perform a thorough examination of your teeth and bite to determine if this form of orthodontics is right for you. If so, we’ll begin to draft a cost estimate based on the following factors:
Your unique dental issue, which might include overcrowding, gaps, or a bite misalignment.
How severe your dental issue is.
Whether you require treatment for one arch or both.
The type of retainer you will need once treatment is complete.
Clear Aligners vs. Smile Direct Club™: Which Costs More?
Smile Direct Club is a well-known do-it-yourself (DIY) solution that is regularly promoted on TV. Marketed as a product that is much just as effective as other professional options, it entices patients to forgo costlier options for a significantly cheaper solution. While it is true that Smile Direct Club is less expensive than ClearCorrect, there is the potential for greater expenses if you attempt to straighten your smile on your own. These can include:
Ill-fitted aligners because of the incorrect impressions taken at the start of treatment.
Wearing clear aligners without a thorough consultation from a trusted professional (they are not right for everyone).
Problems that arise will require a face-to-face meeting with a skilled dentist/orthodontist, which will lead to additional money being spent.
Fewer follow-up visits with a professional or those that are completed virtually and rely on your recording of progress.
Choosing professional clear aligners will require more of a financial investment, but the results are what you can expect and appreciate in the long term. Instead of potentially damaging your smile, you’ll want to save the DIY work for other, less harmful projects.
Does Dental Insurance Cover Clear Aligners?
Depending on your plan, dental insurance may offer coverage for clear aligners. Typically, when available, most insurers will agree to pay up to 50% of the total cost. The catch, however, is that not all insurance policies contain clauses for orthodontic treatment. In many cases, you’ll need to purchase a supplemental plan. Even then, you’ll need to make sure that it doesn’t contain stipulations that could keep you from seeking treatment.
Options for Making Clear Aligners Affordable
At Westpark Village Dental Care, we know not everyone has a private dental insurance plan. This is why we are pleased to announce that currently, we are offering $1,000 off clear aligners! You can also take advantage of:
CareCredit & Lending Club Financing
In-House Dental Financing
Our In-House Membership Plan that offers discounts (15%) on orthodontics