Why Clear Aligners?
Since our teeth contribute so much to our smile and facial appearance, having crooked crowded or misaligned teeth can be less appealing. But even though these issues often occur naturally, dental advancements have made it possible to correct them with ease. Indeed, clear aligners have made it really easy to permanently straighten crooked or misaligned teeth, without needing traditional braces. Here are some important reasons why our experts at Senestraro Family Orthodontics use clear aligners like Invisalign to treat patients with irregular teeth.
They Are Not Likely to Injure Patients
While this may seem simple, there are many reasons why metal braces fall short in comparison to clear aligners. With metal braces, patients are prone to injuries due to the wires and brackets that were used to design them. Once these wires break, they can easily poke a patient, injuring them in swift movements. However, clear aligners are made of smooth soft plastic materials that do not harm or irritate patients.
Even from their names, you can guess why this is an important feature. Clear aligners are completely see-through, and anyone looking at you may as well be looking at your teeth. With its invisibility, you can treat your misaligned teeth either as an adult or a teenager, and you do not have to worry about anyone noticing. Traditional metal braces are very obvious and most people who wear them feel very conscious about them. You can forgo all the embarrassing feelings, and attend your important meetings and functions while treating your teeth with clear aligners simultaneously.
Clear aligners are made with plastic materials and are completely removable. Unlike braces that have to stay until the set time for removal, you can always take your clear aligners off when you want to eat. You do not have to worry about eating foods that can get stuck in your braces, since you do not need to have them on while eating. However, you need to have them on for at least 22 hours each day for effective treatment.
Allows Good Oral Hygiene
One issue that patients who wear traditional braces have to deal with is cleaning their teeth effectively. They eventually get the hang of it, but flossing between your teeth is another story entirely. Since clear aligners are removable, cleaning your teeth is easy. You can maintain healthy oral hygiene by brushing and flossing as recommended. Even better is the fact that you can clean your clear aligners separately. Their removability means you can clean them as directed by our professionals.
No Risks of Teeth Discoloration
While it may not be common, metal braces may leave discoloration traces on the teeth they were placed on. In fact, if they stay on for a really long time, they may leave the teeth with uneven color shades after they are removed. This may be fixed with teeth whitening but is entirely prevented when you use clear aligners.
Clear aligners have an outlined treatment schedule. Each tray in the set has its own expected placement date and removal. This means that you can easily track your progress which is usually reduced in comparison to metal braces. So to decide what clear aligner is perfect for you, our experts at Senestraro Family Orthodontics are always ready to help you select the right choice. Reach out to us today at (503) 446-5815 to see how we can be of assistance.