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Half-Measures with ClearCorrect: Is a Top or Bottom Only Treatment an Option?

February 9, 2024

Filed under: Uncategorized — ornelasdental @ 4:40 pm
Patient putting on one ClearCorrect aligner

Clear aligners like ClearCorrect are designed to gently shift your teeth without all the wires and bands of traditional braces. They’re discreet and can often treat less-complex cases in a smaller timeframe. But how do they perform if you only want to treat one half of your mouth?

If you want to learn whether it’s possible to treat only the top or a bottom arch of your teeth with ClearCorrect, continue reading.

Can You Treat a Single Arch with ClearCorrect?

Dentists most often use clear aligners in pairs with a separate tray for the top and bottom dental arch. However, some patients may feel that they only need to have one arch corrected. In cases like these, a single aligner is enough to straighten the teeth as desired. This process isn’t unheard of, but it is often less desirable.

Do Single Arch Clear Aligner Treatments Work?

Most often when a patient asks for a single arch treatment with ClearCorrect, it’s for a few front-facing crooked teeth. This is a mostly cosmetic issue adjustment because more complex bite issues will require simultaneous treatment. Single arch treatment can be good for you if:

  • You have small gaps to close in your teeth.
  • Your front teeth are slightly crooked.
  • A tooth in that arch is tipped out of place.
  • One arch has relapsed after previous orthodontic treatment.

Are There any Risks to Single Arch Treatment with ClearCorrect?

The way your teeth fit together is known as your “bite” and it’s a very sensitive relationship. Even small misalignments in the right places can have uncomfortable or even painful consequences. Using ClearCorrect on one arch may shift the teeth into an unnatural alignment, causing tooth wear or temporomandibular joint dysfunction.

So, if you’re considering ClearCorrect for a single arch orthodontic treatment, have a consultation with your dentist first. They can properly assess your teeth to see if the treatment would help or hurt your dental alignment and health. Together you can come up with a treatment plan that helps you achieve the smile you’ve always wanted!

About the Author

Dr. Joe Ornelas is a friendly and talented dentist with many years of experience treating his patients with ClearCorrect aligners. If you’re looking for a straight, brilliant smile, he has the skills and technology to help! He earned his doctorate at Indiana University School of Dentistry. Since then, he has been diligently improving his technique and staying on the forefront of dental knowledge through continuing education. Call (219) 663-2892 to schedule an appointment at Ornelas Family dental of Crown Point or visit the website to discover other services they provide.

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