Clear aligners are a comfortable and discreet orthodontic solution.
Most people would love to have a straighter smile, and it’s easy to understand why. Straight teeth are easy to clean, which means that one’s oral health can be properly maintained, plus a perfectly aligned smile is aesthetically pleasing too. If you are not happy with the alignment of your teeth, you might consider an orthodontic treatment. For those who would prefer a more discreet alternative to traditional braces, clear aligners are well worth considering. Read on to find out how it is possible to straighten your smile without braces, and the benefits of resolving alignment and bite-related issues…
Why straighten your teeth?
Straight teeth tend to be easier to clean than crooked ones. This means that if you choose to undergo orthodontic treatment, your oral hygiene is likely to improve. With better oral hygiene, your risk of oral heath issues, such as tooth decay and gum disease, will decrease. There is also less risk of chips and breaks when the teeth are well-aligned, and any excess or abnormal pressure on the jaw is often alleviated following orthodontic treatment.
Besides the health benefits of straightening your teeth, there are also cosmetic advantages. It is possible to resolve a number of cosmetic concerns with orthodontic treatment, including crooked and crowded teeth, and unwanted gaps between the teeth.
Why consider clear aligners?
Although certain orthodontic issues are best resolved with traditional braces, clear aligners are an effective option for many people. They are a particularly good choice for individuals who would like to straighten their teeth discreetly — in fact, clear aligners are virtually invisible.
Clear aligners are also removeable, which makes them a convenient treatment. They can be taken out for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, so there are no dietary restrictions and normal oral hygiene habits can be maintained throughout the course of treatment.
How do clear aligners work?
If you choose to go ahead with the treatment, you will be given a series of custom-made clear aligners. You will need to wear your aligners for around two weeks before you move onto the next set. Made from medical-grade clear plastic, the aligners work by exerting pressure on the teeth, gradually moving them into new and improved positions over time.
Treatment time varies from person to person, but you can usually expect the process to take between nine and 18 months to complete. The duration of your treatment will depend on a few factors, including the condition of your teeth, your compliance when it comes to wearing your aligners, and your aesthetic goals.
What issues can be resolved?
Clear aligners can be used to resolve a range of issues. These include crooked and overcrowded teeth; bite-related problems like underbite, overbite and crossbite; and certain spacing issues like gaps between the teeth. While clear aligners can help to address many problems and generally achieve excellent results, it is important to know that the treatment is not suitable for all orthodontic cases. More complex cases may be better treated with braces, but your dentist will let you know what your best option is.
How can we help?
At Access Dental Care, we offer Invisalign, Invisalign Teen and Clear Correct aligners for patients who would like to straighten their teeth without traditional metal braces. If you are considering clear aligners, we encourage you to come in for a consultation so that we can examine your teeth and assess your oral health. Your dentist will let you know if the treatment is right for you. If you are not suited to clear aligners, your dentist will recommend an alternative solution.
If you are suited to clear aligners, your dentist will take an impression of your teeth and your customised aligners will be fabricated in a laboratory.
To find out more clear aligners and what the treatment process involves, please have a look here.
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