Many people need braces. They have problems with their bite. Their teeth may be crooked. Alternatively, they may have teeth that are crowded and not spaced properly. While people know they need braces, many people don’t want to get braces. Sometimes, adults don’t want to get braces because they are concerned with how braces look. In the last few years, however, technology has given us an alternative. There are now clear aligners that work the same way braces do, without the hassle of brackets or wires - with an added advantage of invisibility. Want to know more about clear aligners? Senestraro Family Orthodontics has the information you need on clear aligners.
What Are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are clear plastic shells that fit over your teeth. They are custom made for you. Instead of aligning and straightening your teeth with brackets and wires, aligners work on your teeth by changing the shape of the aligners every two weeks. While traditional braces work on all of your teeth at the same time, aligners work on one or two teeth at a time, but the effects are the same. They work to straighten and align your teeth.
Advantages of Clear Aligners
There are lots of advantages of clear aligners over braces. First, aligners straighten your teeth without brackets. While brackets have a purpose, and they are needed for traditional braces, they can also cause problems. One of the largest problems with brackets is that they make it difficult to get teeth cleaned properly, which means that plaque builds up over time. Plaque can cause cavities, and no one wants to get their braces removed just to find cavities. With clear aligners, there are no brackets and no wires, which makes it easier to clean teeth. You can remove the clear aligners to brush and floss your teeth every day.
Also, clear aligners are more difficult to spot on your teeth. Often the only person who knows you are wearing invisible aligners is you. This is great for adults who want to straighten their teeth without having to tell everyone.
Another reason that people like invisible aligners is because they can eat and drink what they want. With traditional braces, people have to avoid certain foods. While everyone should avoid sticky, sweet foods as much as possible, fruits and vegetables are another matter. Traditional braces mean that you have to cut up fruits and vegetables so that you don’t break your brackets. However, with clear aligners, you can simply remove your aligners, and eat what you want. As long as you are wearing your aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day, you are in the clear.
For busy adults, invisible aligners also mean fewer trips to the orthodontist. This is great for adults who already have a hard-enough time keeping up with their schedule, their work schedule, and their kids’ schedules. Invisible aligners have also been shown to have a shorter treatment time as well - often 6 months shorter than traditional braces. If you are interested in talking about clear aligners, why not give Senestraro Family Orthodontics a call at (503) 446-5815. We are ready to talk to you about clear aligners!