The Clearstep™ System is comprised of clear positioners, as well as other methods of orthodontics which work in tandem with clear positioners to achieve the perfect smile, ‘invisibly’! Clearstep™ allows people to undergo orthodontic treatment whilst having minimal impact on day to day life. With Clearstep the only thing you will notice is a bold, bright new smile.
Clearstep is a simple, affordable series of clear positioning trays, which gently guide teeth to the desired position. Believe it or not teeth are always moving, albeit minutely. Clearstep exerts gentle pressure upon the tooth to moveit into the desired alignment. You simply remove, brush, floss, rinse and reinsert the positioner. Clearstep will do the rest. Clearstep positioners are easy to maintain and clean during treatment, which makes them more hygienic.
The clear positioners are ideal for straightening out overlapping, crooked or spaced teeth. Clearstep’s positioners are comfortable, clear and easy to wear. Made from wafer thin medical grade plastic, the positioners are manufactured specifically for each person. They are worn in a series of two week periods to gently align teeth. The total number of positioners varies depending on the complexity of the orthodontic problem. The positioners are presented on coloured models and worn in sequence.
As with traditional braces, treatment times vary depending on the patient and how much movement is required. However, treatment time is generally about the same as with traditional braces, between 9 and 18 months. Often patients find that treatment with positioners is faster than treatment with braces.
Clearstep is wire free and does away with the need to bond metal onto the teeth. It is invisible, and removable, allowing the wearer to do tasks that may not be so easy with a traditional brace such as eating hard to chew food like steak, giving that public speech, and meeting a client without having the embarrassment or discomfort of fixed metal braces.
Clearstep’s customised positioners are more comfortable than other forms of orthodontic treatment. There are no wires to tighten and no braces to scrape against the inside of the mouth.
Moreover, Clearstep’s specially formulated whitening gel can be used in conjunction with the positioners to effectively remove stains and discolouration. This system really does give that white, bright and straight smile. Just apply hydrogen peroxide gel twice a day for 30 mins and teeth will brighten and lighten over a period of days.
- Crowding – teeth are too close together
- Spacing – gaps between teeth
- Overbite – teeth overlap too much vertically
- Overjet – front teeth stick out
- Underbite – lower teeth stick out/lower jaw too big
- Crossbite – upper and lower teeth bite on the wrong side of each other
- Openbite – your teeth do not meet when you bite
- Misplaced midline – centre lines of upper and lower teeth don’t align
Patients usually see their dentist on average about once every six weeks when they are undergoing the treatment. Your dentist will provide retainers to help prevent teeth from moving again after treatment. A retainer may be a clear, plastic aligner similar to Cleartep, or may be a permanent retainer attached to the inside surface of your teeth. Your orthodontist or dentist will discuss the options with you.
For some people there will be temporary discomfort at the beginning of each stage of treatment. This means that Clearstep is moving the teeth. Any discomfort typically lasts only a couple of days, and is at the beginning of each stage of treatment.
Many patients have switched to invisible orthodontics after wearing traditional braces for a period of time. We recommend that you consult your orthodontist or dentist to determine if you can switch.