Q What is ClearStep?
A Discreet braces have become very popular in recent times, particularly amongst adults looking to improve their smile aesthetics, and ClearStep is one that offers a truly 'invisible' route to straighter teeth. ClearStep is designed to fit in perfectly with hectic lifestyles and are ideal for people who are self-conscious about wearing braces.
Q How is it different from traditional braces?
A ClearStep is different from other traditional braces because they are not fixed, they are easy to clean and they are practically 'invisible'. This type of treatment comes in the form of 'positioners', which are wafer thin and resemble mouth guards.
The polymers used for making the appliances allow ClearStep to appear smooth and transparent, which allows for easy maintenance of oral hygiene. There is no need for any tightening or wires and brackets, with ClearStep being free of such mechanisms that can scratch the mouth.
Q Is it discreet?
A Yes, ClearStep is one of the most discreet braces around as they are completely transparent. There is no need for any wires or brackets and they are removable too. The positioners can be taken out for eating, drinking and brushing the teeth.
Q Am I suitable for ClearStep?
A Like all orthodontic treatments suitability for ClearStep will depends on each individual's particular case. ClearStep is designed to treat the following orthodontic irregularities:
- Mild overcrowding
- Bite issues - this includes overbites, underbites, crossbites and openbites.
Q How long does treatment usually take?
A Treatment time using positioners is often the same as traditional braces, at around 9-18 months. Dentists also find that this form of treatment can be completed within a shorter space of time in comparison with traditional braces.
Q Will it cause pain or discomfort?
A Yes, there will be some discomfort. This is the same with every single orthodontic treatment available. Your mouth will take time to get used to the positioners and this will cause some discomfort at first, but this simply proves that the treatment is beginning to work. Your speech may be impeded for a short space of time but only until you are used to the positioners.
Q What does it involve?
A When deciding upon ClearStep treatment the following steps are taken:
- The initial consultation involves photographs and X-rays taken of the mouth.
- If you are suitable for the treatment impressions are made of the teeth, which are then sent off so that the ClearStep positioners can be made using your individual measurements.
- Your positioners are then fitted and check-ups are arranged so the dentist can monitor your teeth movement. In some cases new impressions will have to be made if the practitioner feels the treatment is not going to plan.
Q How much does ClearStep cost?
A ClearStep treatment can cost around £2000-£3000 but this is dependent on the patient's individual needs; as you would expect more complex cases will cost more. The treatment is completely invisible and is perfect for adults in a hectic, working environment.
Q Where can I receive this treatment?
A Only ClearStep approved practitioners can provide this form of treatment - as is the case at our practice for the benefit of our patients. If you would like to learn more about ClearStep then please get in touch with our team to arrange a consultation.