3 Benefits of Clear Aligners

Whether you had braces when you were a child or not, as an adult you may realize that your teeth, or your jaws, aren’t well aligned. Your dentist tells you that you’re suffering gum recession or chipped teeth because of a malocclusion or crooked teeth. 

Although most people associate braces with the teen years, one in five orthodontic patients is over the age of 18. That means that plenty of professionals around you are in the middle of straightening (or re-straightening) their teeth, but if they’re using clear aligners, you won’t know it. 

Though you might assume that crooked teeth are just a cosmetic issue, teeth that are crowded or overlapping can make good dental hygiene difficult. This, in turn, can increase the chances of developing gum disease and tooth decay. 

An improper bite can also cause challenges with chewing, swallowing and breathing. Misaligned teeth stress your jaw muscles and the TMJ (temporomandibular joint), leading to jaw and facial pain.

At Invisible Braces in Houston, Texas, our expert team provides SureSmile® clear aligners

to patients of all ages. SureSmile treats many of the alignment problems that braces can, but they have three major advantages. Can you guess what they are?

1. You see what you’re getting

When our team’s ready to make your aligners, we first take digital scans of your mouth. We use these scans to create an in-depth plan for moving your teeth into their final, correct positions. We send our plans to the lab, where they custom-design your clear aligner tooth-correcting trays. 

The day you come to pick up your aligners, we show you the plan and what your final results look like. Even before you put in your first aligners, you’ll know what the outcome is. That gives you an extra incentive to wear your aligners for 20-22 hours per day.

We give you a series of graduated aligners. Every two weeks or so, you take out one set and replace it with another. 

Each set is slightly adjusted, and by the time you take out your last set, your teeth are aligned correctly. To make sure everything is going as planned, you visit our office every four to six weeks. 

2. Clear aligners look and feel better

It almost goes without saying that clear aligners are less visible than traditional wire or acrylic braces.  Because they’re made with a smooth, clear composite material, not metal, they’re also more comfortable. 

Traditional braces are challenging to keep clean, because you must brush and floss around wires and brackets. With SureSmile, dental hygiene is simple. You remove your SureSmile aligners when you eat. You can also take them out briefly for special events or other occasions.

You brush and floss your teeth with your aligners out and then rinse or brush your aligners before re-inserting. Clean the aligners at least once a day by brushing or soaking them in a special cleaning solution. The aligners are BPA-free, so you don’t need to worry about toxic substances. 

3. Clear aligners are fast

Your Invisible Braces professional lets you know how long your treatment time is, after they’ve made their alignment plan and you pick up your first sets of trays. For most patients, they have a fully corrected smile within a year, rather than the two to three years it takes with traditional braces.    

If you want straighter teeth and a healthier mouth without the discomfort and hassle of metal braces, see if clear aligners can help you by booking an appointment online or over the phone with Invisible Braces

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