Clear Braces FAQ | Charleston SC

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Please read information below from the ClearCorrect website to learn more about your clear braces. For additional information, visit the ClearConnect FAQ page.

For more information about your clear braces treatments, or to schedule an appointment with Dr. Beall or Dr. Borden, please use our Appointment form or call our office: James Island Family, Cosmetic, & Implant Dentistry Charleston Office Phone Number 843-795-1111.

What should I expect during treatment?

While wearing clear aligners is generally not painful, there will be days (not weeks) when the new aligners may cause the teeth to be uncomfortable. Your ‘bite’ will feel different from time to time while the teeth are in transition. You may have a lisp at first while becoming accustomed to talking with the aligner.


Will the aligners hurt? How comfortable are the aligners?

It’s fairly common to experience some tenderness or sensitivity for the first few days of wearing a new aligner. However, the more you wear the aligner the more comfortable they become. Sores and irritation are possible but really don’t occur that often. ClearCorrect aligners are among the most comfortable in the industry. Similar to braces, if aligners change too abruptly between steps, they can cause unnecessary discomfort. ClearCorrect aligners employ a unique system which balances your comfort and treatment time.


Are the aligners hard to keep clean? How do I clean them?

No. The aligners are fairly simple to keep clean, however, tooth decay, periodontal disease, decalcification (permanent markings on the teeth) or inflammation of the gums may occur if proper oral hygiene and preventative maintenance are not maintained. Most aligners can be cleaned with a toothbrush and cool water. A non-abrasive toothpaste is also recommended. Cleaning instructions are on every bag of new aligners.


What is the daily wear schedule?

It’s recommended that you wear the aligners 22 hours a day. They should be removed for meals only, brushing and flossing before re-inserting the aligner. If not worn for up to 22 hours a day, the corrective process can be halted and within a few hours begin to reverse. It can then take several days for this process to start up again. Wearing your aligners 22 hours a day is key to achieving your treatment goals.