10 Benefits of Clear Aligners for Straightening Teeth

benefits of clear aligners

10 Benefits of Clear Aligners for Straightening Teeth

The latest cutting-edge development in the dentistry world is the use of Invisalign Technology. Traditional metal wires and clear aligners play a significant role in helping to fix crooked teeth or straighten the teeth alignment.

Clear aligners (or invisible aligners) treatment is an approach done to fix the structural deformity of teeth. Multifold benefits of clear aligners treatment have made it a preferred choice of option as compared to traditional metal brackets and wires.

 

The most important advantage of clear aligners over traditional braces is their invisibility. 

 

Many individuals get self-conscious while wearing metal brackets and wires. Apart from the cosmetic advantage of attractive appearance, there are other benefits of clear aligners in teeth straightening.

 

  • No restriction on your food:

    While using traditional metal braces, there is a long list of restricted food to keep the wires and brackets in good condition. Food items like corn, nuts, sticky or hard sweets, chewing gum and nuts are among the few restricted foods. Whereas, clear aligners are removable as and when needed. You can easily opt to take them out before eating or drinking. Thus, you can eat everything you want.

 

  • Easy dental care:

    It is quite difficult to keep traditional braces clean. Certain regions become difficult to reach with a toothbrush and flossing due to metal brackets and wires. Traditional braces also lead to formation of an additional chore of decalcification. A formation of white patches is observed when the brackets are removed post-treatment. Whereas, in clear aligners, dental care can be taken as a normal routine. It is easy to remove and rinse them with tap water. One can keep aligners clean by using a baby toothbrush and toothpaste with a soft bristle. It helps to prevent bacterial growth within the aligners.

 

  • Reduced chronic problems of mouth ulcer:

    Despite taking preventive measures, people using traditional metal braces complain about sores and ulcers. This is due to the rough exterior surface of brackets and metal wires. This rough surface is in constant touch with lips, cheeks or tongue, causing painful and uncomfortable abrasions. Whereas, in invisalign treatment, invisible aligners are fitted around the gum line and teeth, to reduce the risk of mouth ulcers. Also, the ends of the braces are smooth to reduce painful cuts, which are quite common with metal braces. 

 

  • Short treatment time:

    Traditional metal wires or braces are generally recommended for 2–3 years. The long treatment process requires frequent visits to a dentist and their timely replacement. Clear aligners treatment is completed in 6–8 months. It does not need frequent visits to the dentist or replacement. Within a very short period, you can see the transformation.

 

  • Comfortable and convenient:

    Metal wires and brackets are quite uncomfortable to wear because of its metal component which can be inconvenient and unattractive at times. However, invisalign clear aligners are made up of smooth rounded plastic. Moreover, they are designed individually, so they fit perfectly in the teeth and gum line, making them comfortable and natural. 

 

  • Versatility:

    Clear aligners are capable of fixing a wide range of dental problems. They can help you to fix alignment and straightening of teeth to ensure you get your perfect smile. Other than alignment and structural changes, it can help to repair crooked, gapped, crowded or protruding teeth. 

 

  • Cost-effective:

    Traditional metal wires and brackets involve an investment of both time and money for 2–3 years. Having a one-time clear aligner invisalign treatment of 6 months primarily reduces the cost of replacing metal wires and frequent dental visits. 

 

  • Cutting-edge technology:

    Clear aligner treatment has brought transformation in the world of dentistry. With advanced state-of-the-art technology, it is a customised treatment that meets individual needs. It creates 3D images of teeth in a computerised procedure and then makes the aligners which completely fit in the gum line. 

 

  • Increased self-esteem and confidence:

    Wearing metal wires and brackets can result in you being self-conscious about your smile and public appearance, which impacts your confidence. As clear aligners are invisible, people feel free to use them. It boosts one’s confidence and self-esteem of the undergoing transformation.

 

  • Fresh breath:

    Clear aligners are worn in a series for 2–3 weeks. This allows the dentist to either change or remove them if the aligners become smelly or rough. These aligners can be changed whenever the dentist wants, which reduces the risk of infection or the likelihood of bad breath.

 

Takeaway 

There has been a dynamic shift in modern dentistry practises from old dentistry practises. Invisible braces or aligners have revolutionised the treatment plan for teeth straightening. Introduction and the long list of benefits of clear aligners has now enabled people to get their perfect smile and one can wear them conveniently without experiencing any discomfort.

FAQ’s

Yes, clear aligners are an effective way to straighten teeth. A series of custom-made clear plastic trays are used to gradually move the teeth into the desired position.
Potential disadvantages include the need for proper compliance (wearing according to instructions), the possibility of increased saliva secretion, and the fact that it may not be suitable for serious orthodontic problems.
Clear aligners primarily focus on tooth alignment and usually do not significantly change the shape of your face. However, it may have a slight effect on the appearance of the lower half of the face.
The duration of treatment with clear aligners vary depending on each case. In some cases, results may be faster than traditional braces, but this depends on the complexity of the orthodontic problem being treated.
The choice between clear aligners and braces depends on your specific orthodontic needs and preferences. Clear aligners are discreet and removable, but in some cases, braces may be more effective. It is best to contact your orthodontist for individual recommendations.
Clear aligners may cause some discomfort when moving your teeth initially, but they are usually not painful. Most people experience mild pain or pressure during the first few days after wearing new aligners. This discomfort usually subsides as you get used to it.

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