Rapid Clear Braces is a revolutionary orthodontic service.
- Six Month Smiles? - for adults who have, until now, felt like they were stuck in "cosmetic limbo." Until now, if you had crooked teeth, there was a choice between Porcelain Veneers and traditional long-term braces (orthodontics).
Porcelain Veneers are most appropriate for changing the shape and color of your teeth, while changing minor alignment issues.
Traditional long-term adult orthodontics may take one to two years, or even more in some cases, to straighten all your teeth. Understandably, many adults simply don't want to wear braces for that long. However, traditional braces still have their place.
Rapid Clear Braces is an easy choice to make compared to the two previous alternatives in many cases.
Rapid Clear Braces are appropriate for correcting spaces, gaps, crooked, or crowded teeth. If the teeth that show in your smile aren't straight, Rapid Clear Braces may be the perfect solution for you.
Imagine this: Straight teeth in the time it takes between your regular check-up and cleaning visits!
Many of our patients like to whiten their teeth after straightening them for a perfect and natural smile.
Yes and no. Rapid Clear Braces are very similar to conventional adult orthodontics as it pertains to brackets and wires being used. The mechanism of moving the teeth is the same. The difference between the Rapid Clear Braces technique and conventional braces is the focus of the treatment. With Rapid Clear Braces, we are focusing only on the teeth that show in your smile. The goal of Rapid Clear Braces is to give you a smile you can be proud of in a reasonable amount of time.
Most people have no trouble chewing. Their teeth function well, and their bites work fine.Rapid Clear Braces can be finished more quickly than traditional braces because we aren't focused on changing your bite. Rather, we are focused on what you want. Usually, that's improving the appearance of your smile. Traditional adult orthodontics go beyond that, to perfecting your bite in your back teeth. Rapid Clear Braces is about what you want.
Most Rapid Clear Braces cases will take about 6 months. Some may take less. A few may take more than 6 months. A "long" case may take up to 9 months to achieve the goals. But, it's rare. The vast majority of cases take 6 months.
Rapid Clear Braces uses very light and safe forces to move teeth at the same rate as traditional braces. We are not moving them faster. The difference between Rapid Clear Braces and traditional braces is that we are simply ending treatment sooner. Your front teeth (that show when you smile) move faster than your back teeth. Traditional braces take longer because there is an additional goal of perfecting the bite in your back teeth. Rapid Clear Braces is not concerned with perfecting the bite in your back teeth, so we simply stop once the front teeth are positioned in a cosmetically pleasing arrangement. So, the rate of tooth movement is the same, but the total treatment time is faster - about 6 months. That's the difference in a nutshell!
So, there is no more chance for damage to your teeth or roots with Rapid Clear Braces than there is with traditional braces.
Most patients tell us that they feel some temporary "tightness" in their teeth. Dr.Neal recommends over-the-counter medications like Advil or Motrin (Ibuprofen) for those rare cases that need some relief. But, so far, none of our patients have actually needed to use any medications. They tell us they "get used to them." The good news is they will only have to be "used to them" for about 6 months!
Naturally, there is no "magic bullet" treatment that applies to everyone. Each method has its advantages. The advantage of the "Invisible Plastic Braces" (as seen on TV) is that they are, well... Invisible. And, they truly are. You can't see them.
The disadvantages of "Invisible Braces" as seen on TV are:
The advantages of Six Rapid Clear Braces are:
Yes. Modern braces can be bonded to Ceramic Crowns and Porcelain Veneers just like natural teeth.
The short answer: Yes. That is true with any kind of braces. But, the good news is that with theRapid Clear Braces technique, you can have a permanent retainer bonded out of sight, behind your teeth. So, you won't have to remember to put one of those old-fashioned retainers in every night when you go to bed. With a permanent bonded retainer, it's always in, but you won't notice it.
Depending on your needs, the cost can vary. However, it less expensive than traditional braces and it is considerably less than "Invisible Braces" (as seen on TV). And, Rapid Clear Braces cost far less than Porcelain Veneers. Payment Plans for Rapid Clear Braces are available. The best way to find out is to come by and let us take a look!
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Dr. Neal is a general dentist.
Dr. Neal at Crystal Lake Dental Associates provides adult orthodontic services including Invisalign and Rapid Clear Braces for patients in Crystal Lake, Woodstock, Cary, Algonquin, Lake in the Hills, Huntley, McHenry, McHenry county and surrounding areas.