Unevenly spaced teeth and other alignment issues can significantly diminish smile aesthetics. More importantly, problems like these undermine the overall structural integrity of the bite and can lead to undue wear and tear on the natural tooth structures. Correcting alignment issues is often an important part of improving smile aesthetics, but it can also be absolutely essential for balancing out bite forces and preserving overall tooth health. Fortunately, clear aligners are making it far more physically and socially comfortable for people to undergo orthodontic correction. There are many impressive benefits that clear aligners can provide.
Greater Confidence Throughout Treatment
Clear aligners are extremely popular among teens and adults who are seeking inconspicuous orthodontic treatments. Unlike traditional wire braces, these trays are virtually impossible to detect and can be worn comfortably both at school and in the professional arena. It is never too late to improve the structural arrangement of the teeth and clear plastic aligners are making it possible to undergo these improvements at any stage of life, without feeling self-conscious or embarrassed.
Aligners Take Less Time to Work
Surprisingly, clear aligners can also produce impressive results within a small fraction of the average treatment time for traditional wire braces. In some cases, orthodontic correction with wire braces can take up to five years. Most patients with clear aligners, however, will have treatment plans that last just one to two years.
Clear Aligners Are Comfortable
Having the teeth straightened and correcting overbites, under bites and gaps can be an uncomfortable experience. This is especially true with wire braces that must be tightened regularly and are prone to getting caught on random items. Aligners have smooth surfaces that can’t get snagged on clothing, hair or any other miscellaneous items that are brought near the mouth.
Moreover, these trays are entirely removable and can be easily lifted out of the mouth when the patient wants to enjoy a hot beverage or indulge in extremely crunchy, chewy or sticky foods. Putting aligners back in the mouth is a breeze, and this also makes it easier for people to perform diligent oral care and to effectively protect the well-being of the underlying tooth structures.
Although metal braces provide a perfectly suitable form of cosmetic correction for many people, clear aligners are decidedly safer given that there are no protruding wires or bits of metal that can get caught on or scratch the lips and gums. Since these trays can be taken entirely out of the mouth, it is also easier for patients to avoid the development of tartar and plaque deposits. Both brushing and flossing are infinitely easier when access to the natural tooth surfaces is unimpeded by metal brackets or wires.
Fully Computerized Treatment Plans
Clear aligners allow for an overall orthodontic treatment plan that is far easier to follow and understand than many of the most common corrective measures of the past. These treatment plans are entirely computerized, meaning that patients can assess their treatment results phase by phase and can develop feasible expectations for forthcoming improvements in smile aesthetics. This eliminates all guesswork from the treatment process and keeps people well-informed of how well their treatments are working and of what lies ahead.
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