Traditionally, straightening your teeth meant wearing metal braces – bands and wires around your teeth that required frequent tightening, changes in your dietary habits, additional oral hygiene practices and discomfort during the process. Thankfully, with advances in dentistry, this method of straightening teeth is no longer necessary in all cases. Clear aligners are the more appealing alternative, and they produce great results. There are several advantages to be appreciated.
Clear Aligners are Discreet
One of the most appealing features of clear aligners is their invisibility. They are almost undetectable when being worn. No metal is involved; only clear plastic that can hardly be seen even when you smile. Clear aligners are preferred by teens and adults alike because they straighten your teeth discreetly, unlike traditional metal braces.
Enjoy the Convenience
Metal braces require certain adjustments in your eating habits and oral hygiene routine. Clear aligners only need be taken out when you eat, brush and floss your teeth. Put them in their case while you eat; this avoids the mishap of them being wrapped in a napkin and inadvertently thrown out. There are no dietary restrictions with clear aligners. Sticky, hard and chewy foods are fine. Just remember to eat healthy foods and brush and floss afterward.
Enjoy the Comfort
Metal braces can be uncomfortable because of the metal. Oral abrasions are common due to broken brackets and wires that can come loose. This is not the case with clear aligners. The smooth plastic fits over your teeth, providing a slick surface that is comfortable to wear.
Also, oral hygiene can be an issue with metal braces. Flossing is often a challenge and may require special attention. With clear aligners, just remove them to brush and floss as normal.
Sometimes wearing metal braces can discolor teeth. White spots can develop over the time the braces are worn. This can be minimized if you brush and floss regularly and avoid sugary foods and eat a clean, healthy diet; or you can wear clear aligners and it is not even an issue with proper oral hygiene.
See the Result Before You Start
Another advantage of clear aligners is that you can see a computer generated picture of what you will look like after treatment has been completed before you begin the treatment. You know what you are looking forward to and what to expect.
Some patients will experience faster results with clear aligners. Traditional metal braces can take up to two years to get results. Clear aligners can deliver beautiful results within one year on average. Your dentist will advise you of the time it will take for your individual case to deliver results.
Find out if you are a candidate for clear aligners. Contact Broad Street Braces today and schedule a consultation with us.