ClearCorrect – Mankato, MN

A Discreet Way to Straighten Teeth

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Dr. Kalina understands the value of straight teeth. Not only do they look attractive, but they also offer oral health benefits. They are easier to clean than misaligned teeth and are at a reduced risk of premature wear and tear. That is why Dr. Kalina is proud to offer two treatments that can help patients achieve a straighter smile: Invisalign and ClearCorrect in Mankato. Let us take a moment to consider ClearCorrect and how it may be able to benefit you.

How ClearCorrect Works

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Teeth are not cemented in place; rather, tiny ligaments attach them to the surrounding bone. It is these ligaments that allow teeth to have a natural capacity for movement. Orthodontic treatments leverage that. By applying gentle, sustained pressure to teeth, clear braces can gently reposition them over time.

Just like Invisalign, ClearCorrect uses a series of custom aligners to move teeth. You wear each aligner for a specific period of time, usually a couple of weeks, before you graduate to the next one. Every time you switch to a new aligner tray, your teeth get a little closer to where they are supposed to be.

The treatment process begins with a thorough examination of your mouth. If Dr. Kalina believes you are a good candidate for ClearCorrect, a series of scans will be taken of your teeth. Using these scans and modern 3-D technology, your aligners will be made specific to your case. As soon as they are ready, you can embark on your journey to a straighter smile.

After you work your way through all of your aligners, you will need to wear a retainer to prevent your teeth from drifting back out of place.

Advantages of ClearCorrect

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ClearCorrect offers a number of advantages that appeal to patients:

  • The aligners are clear and discreet, which allows patients to maintain a professional appearance throughout their treatment period.
  • Because the aligners are removable, ClearCorrect does not come with any food restrictions.
  • The removable nature of the aligners makes it easy to maintain excellent oral hygiene throughout the treatment.
  • There are no metal brackets and wires to irritate the soft tissues in the mouth.

Is There a Difference Between ClearCorrect and Invisalign?

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As mentioned, ClearCorrect and Invisalign operate on similar principles. However, there are a few minor differences between the two treatments. Dr. Kalina will determine which is best for your unique needs.

When you visit Dr. Kalina for your orthodontic consultation, feel free to ask any questions you have about either type of clear braces in Mankato. He will help you understand the pros and cons of each and recommend the treatment that he believes is best for your circumstances.