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What is Clear Correct?

Clear Correct is the clear way to straighten teeth without braces, using aligners. Aligners are made of a clear, thin medical-grade plastic that is virtually invisible when worn.

How does it work?

Using advanced 3-D computer imaging technology to simulate tooth movement, the doctor uses a series of clear, custom-made aligners that gradually move your teeth. You wear each aligner for about two weeks, moving from one set to the next until your new smile emerges.

What are the benefits of Clear Correct?

They are nearly invisible which means that you can straighten your teeth without anyone noticing. You can also remove them when you eat and drink if necessary. Removal also allows you to brush and floss normally to maintain healthy teeth and gums. And they are comfortable - no wires or brackets to cause mouth abrasions.

How do I get started?

Just make an appointment with Dr. Ras for a FREE consultation! Call 708-354-2227!

Does a doctor need any special training to treat with Clear Correct?

Dr. Ras has attended a comprehensive training program to become certified in the various requirements necessary for treating patients with Clear Correct.

How long does treatment take with Clear Correct?

As with other orthodontic options, treatment times will vary depending on the complexity of your case. The average treatment time is about a year. Dr. Ras will be able to estimate your length of treatment as well as answer any questions you might have at your first appointment.

How often must I wear the aligners?

Aligners should be worn day and night, except when eating, brushing and flossing.

Are there restrictions on eating and drinking?

No. The aligners are removable, so you can still enjoy your favorite food and drinks.

Does Clear Correct hurt?

Unlike many orthodontic options that have sharp edges, Clear Correct's smooth plastic aligners aren't abrasive to the inside of the mouth the way metal braces are. Because aligners move the teeth incrementally over two week periods, any soreness is typically mild and subsides within a few days. In contrast, other appliances may require more forceful (and sometimes painful) changes because adjustments are only made at each appointment (typically every six weeks).

Has Clear correct been reviewed by the FDA?

Yes, the FDA has cleared Invisalign as a Class II medical device for orthodontic treatment.

What are the steps involved with Clear Correct?

At your first scheduled appointment, Dr. Ras will write a treatment plan and take X-rays and an impression of your teeth. Using 3-D computer imaging technology, your treatment plan is converted into a series of precisely customized aligners. Each aligner is worn for about two weeks before moving to the next set in the series. Follow-up appointments are required typically everytwo to six weeks so that Dr. Ras can be sure that the treatment is proressing as planned.

What does Clear Correct cost?

As with other orthodontic options, the cost will be based on the complexity of your case and the length of treatment. Because wee don't want the investment to prevent you from having the smile you have always wanted, we offer a variety of payment options to fit your needs which we will discuss at your first exam.

Does insurance cover Clear Correct?

Typically, a dental insurance policy that covers orthodontics will cover treatment with Clear Correct as well.

Are financing options available?

Yes, our office has financing options available.

What is I-Brite?

I-Brite is our in-office bleaching system that allows you to have your teeth whitened in one office visit, usually lasting about two hours.

What are the procedures for this system?

The first step would be for you to set up an initial appointment with our office. At this appointment, Dr. Ras will be able to determine if you are a candidate for whitening. Once eligibility is established, we will give you some Sensodyne toothpaste to brush with for at least one week to reduce the possibility of sensitivity during the procedure. When you return for your whitening, a member of our staff will take impressions for your take-home trays, determine a starting shade and take pictures so that you can see the before and after shades of your teeth. Next, a protective lip balm is placed on your lips to keep them moist during the procedure. Cheek retractors are then placed and any soft tissue is isolated with a special gauze designed especially for the I-Brite Whitening system. A liquid dam is applied to further cover and protect the soft tissues and the whitening process is ready to begin. The process usually consists of three fifteen-minute sessions of bleaching with the I-Brite light. After the bleach is applied, the light is positioned onto a light guide just outside the mouth and turned on for fifteen minutes. After each bleaching session, we check to evaluate the level of whiteness and apply new bleach. When this process is complete, we apply a gel that desensitizes the teeth and pictures are taken to show the shade difference.

Do patients often find that their teeth are sensitive?

Sometimes patients do complain of slight sensitivity. We have started giving Sensodyne to be used the week or two prior to their appointment and it has proven to reduce this sensitivity almost completely. We also apply a desensitising gel at the end of treatment just in case.

Is bleaching safe?

Bleaching procedures are safe and approved by the American Dental Association. Bleaching does not wear away any tooth structure or make a tooth more susceptible to staining.

Does Dr. Ras do cosmetic dentistry?

Yes! As a matter of fact, we have pictures displayed of some of our patients. You are welcome to stop in our office and see the doctor's work at any time.

Do all patients who want cosmetic makeovers get the same kind of teeth?

Absolutely not! Each person has a look they want for themselves and they have facial structure and skin tones that guide us in making individual selections that vary in size, shape, and color for each person.

Do I have to get my teeth capped to get rid of spaces between my front teeth?

In most cases capping to correct spaces isn't necessary. Today with beautiful, natural looking porcelain veneers we can easily make dramatic cosmetic changes to remove spaces, fix cracked teeth, do minor tooth straightening, and change the color of your teeth. In many instances, little or no tooth structure needs to be removed to create the smile of your dreams.

Is gum surgery essential if I have periodontal (gum) disease?

We have found, many times, surgery is not necessary following a conservative course of periodontal treatment. This type of care typically includes a series of nonsurgical gum treatments. Even when surgery is required, it often is needed only in a few areas of the mouth and results can be greatly enhanced by nonsurgical preparation.

If periodontal disease is such a problem, why doesn't it hurt?

This is, unfortunately, a very good question. Periodontal problems can become quite serious and extremely advanced without any pain whatsoever. That is why it is so important to be attentive to the warning signs - bleeding gums when brushing and flossing, swollen gums, receded gums, teeth changing position, pus or swelling around gums - to name a few.

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