August 11 is National Clear Aligner Day. We thought it was a wonderful time to discuss the benefits of straightening your teeth. If you are an adult who has always wanted perfectly aligned teeth but don’t like the idea of wearing braces, you’ll love clear aligner treatment. It discretely straightens your teeth without anyone around you noticing. You can easily remove your aligners to brush, floss, and enjoy a meal. All you have to do is wear them for 20 to 22 hours per day.
Wondering if you ought to pursue this orthodontic solution? We’re reviewing a few good reasons you should:
- You want to improve the appearance of your smile.
Straight teeth are one of the characteristics of a beautiful smile. If you are showing off crooked, gapped, overlapping, or misaligned teeth, you may be distracting people for all the wrong reasons. Clear aligners can address most dental alignment problems. It’s important you schedule a consultation, so we can examine your mouth and discuss if treatment is right for you. Some minor issues can be fixed with veneers, which are often considered “instant orthodontics.”
- You are tired of having issues with your bite.
If you have a TMJ disorder, it may be related to your teeth alignment. When your teeth aren’t aligned properly, this can increase your risk for difficulties with your jaw. Correcting your alignment can give you much-needed relief. While it isn’t a necessary fix for everyone, it is worthy of a consultation. You may do well with a simple oral appliance that acts as a barrier between your teeth.
- You want better oral health.
You may not realize, but overlapping, gapped or crooked teeth can put your oral health at risk. The reason is you give bacteria more places to hide. It’s also more difficult to brush and floss in those hidden spaces. So, when you correct the alignment of your teeth, your dental health improves too. You have an easier time cleaning your teeth and getting on top of issues in the early stages.
- You want a solution invisible to everyone else.
This is one of the biggest reasons many adults pursue clear aligner treatments over any other solution. You don’t like the idea of metal wires and brackets distracting those around you. It’s especially important when you are an adult wanting to keep up a professional appearance at work. Because aligners are made of a thin, clear plastic, no one will notice you are wearing them.
- You want to spend less time at the dentist.
Getting braces can often mean lengthy appointments where you need to get your wires adjusted. It can be lengthy and quite uncomfortable. Clear aligners mean you spend less time in the dental chair. We just need to see you for occasional progress checkups.