Center for Smile Design
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Dr. Michael S. Johnson & Dr. James O'Connell
117 N Washington Street Grand Forks, North Dakota 58203
Phone: (701) 746-1481

Braces & Clear Aligners

Braces & Clear Aligners

The benefits of orthodontic treatment often go beyond the obvious physical changes of an improved bite and straighter teeth; it’s also a great way to improve a person’s overall self-image.   While having beautiful straight teeth is important, even more important is the need to alleviate any potential health problems associated with the teeth or jaw.  Crooked teeth or jaw problems may contribute to improper cleaning of teeth, leading to tooth decay and, possibly, gum disease or total tooth loss.  Orthodontic problems that go untreated can lead to chewing and digestion difficulties, speech impairments, and abnormal wear of tooth surfaces.  Over time, excessive strain on gum tissue and the bone that supports the teeth can affect the jaw joints leading to problems such as headaches or face and neck pain.

The American Association of Orthodontics recommends that children get an orthodontic evaluation no later than age 7.  Though orthodontic treatment can be done at any age, timely treatment ensures maximum dental health.

With all of the recent advancements in orthodontics, wearing braces has never been easier.  State-of-the-art appliances and treatments are now available, from traditional metal braces, to clear and tooth colored brackets!  Some patients may even be candidates for treatment with Invisalign, a revolutionary way to straighten teeth using clear, retainer type aligners that require no braces or wires!

If treatment is necessary, we will thoroughly discuss which treatment option is best suited for you!

ClearCorrect

Show off your smile

ClearCorrect clear aligners straighten teeth invisibly, without metal braces.

ClearCorrect

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Learn more about ClearCorrect Clear Aligners at clearcorrect.com

FAQ

How much do ClearCorrect aligners cost?

Each doctor sets their own fees. The cost to patients is generally comparable to other orthodontic options, ranging from around $2,000 to $8,000 USD, depending on the complexity of treatment, your location, and other factors.

Are ClearCorrect aligners covered by dental insurance?

Many dental plans do include coverage for orthodontic appliances such as clear aligners. If you meet your insurance company’s eligibility requirements, they may cover a portion of the total treatment cost up to a lifetime maximum, which is typically between $1,000 to $3,000 USD. Your doctor and insurance company can provide more details.

Can I pay for ClearCorrect aligners with an FSA or HSA?

Generally, yes. Funds from flex spending accounts and health savings accounts can be applied to orthodontic appliances like clear aligners.

Do I have to pay for everything up front?

Not necessarily. Many doctors offer monthly payment plans to help fit your budget.

How often should I wear aligners?

Wear aligners as directed by your doctor—usually two to three weeks per step, at least 22 hours per day. Take them out to eat and brush your teeth.

How long does treatment take?

This varies from patient to patient. Treatment can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the complexity of the case.

How visible are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are completely transparent, which makes them much more discreet than metal braces. People usually don’t notice them. They’re not magic, however—you can see them at close range if you know what to look for.

Does ClearCorrect treat patients directly?

No. ClearCorrect manufactures aligners based on prescriptions from dentists and orthodontists. You and your doctor play the biggest role in ensuring the success of your treatment.

Does ClearCorrect guarantee perfect results?

Most patients do experience significant improvement in their smiles, but it’s impossible to guarantee the outcome of any orthodontic treatment. Your results may vary.

Will I need to wear a retainer after treatment?

To prevent relapse, doctors usually prescribe a retainer after any orthodontic treatment. ClearCorrect offers affordable, discreet clear retainers suitable for patients treated with clear aligners or traditional metal braces.

Learn more about ClearCorrect Clear Aligners at clearcorrect.com