5615 Valley Ave. E., Tacoma, WA 98424
Clear Dental Aligners
Millions of people have turned to ClearCorrectTM to transform their smiles, improve their confidence, outlook, and overall function of their teeth. This popular alternative to wire braces uses a series of transparent, plastic aligners to gently straighten teeth. This approach is comfortable, removable, causes minimal disruption to your everyday life, and perhaps best of all – nearly invisible! Most people won’t even notice you’re wearing the aligners.
Dr. Phillips is specially trained in ClearCorrectTM treatment including treatment planning and evaluating which patients are viable candidates for this procedure. In general, this is how the process works.
At the diagnostic appointment, our team takes X-rays, photographs, and digital dental impressions to develop a treatment plan. A 3-D computerized image will show the patient a virtual representation of the treatment stages that move the teeth from their current to final, desired position. A laboratory uses the computer model and Dr. Phillips’ treatment plan to precisely mill a series of plastic, BPA-free aligners.
The number of aligners in the series can range from 6 to 48, depending on the patient’s needs. The patient removes the aligners to eat, brush, and floss, but generally wears each aligner in the treatment series for 2-3 weeks, at 20-22 hours daily. The aligners incrementally move the teeth, little by little, into the desired position. Patients have regular check-ups with Dr. Phillips to evaluate progress, typically at 6-week intervals.
When treatment, which averages 13 months, is complete, a retainer at night helps to maintain the final tooth position.
ClearCorrectTM has very little impact on your day-to-day activities, but can result in a big impact on your smile. It is simple, affordable, and comfortable. Are you ready for a new smile?