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Advantages of clear aligners

For the majority of adults to undertake orthodontic treatment later in life, there needs to be a benefit. And not only the benefit of having a straighter smile at the end of it. Traditional braces are less than discreet and so, they have deterred many adult patients from seeking orthodontic care. With Invisalign London, there are a range of advantages, which include the more discreet aligner itself. Here, some of the other advantages of undertaking treatment with this invisible aligner are explored.

Custom fit

Braces are fitted to the teeth via brackets, dental cement and an arch wire connecting the brackets together. This is a custom fit, however, it requires a lot of fiddling. When it comes to clear aligners, your dentist will need to take a simple intra oral scan of your teeth, which will be used to shape the clear plastic aligners and to devise your dental plan. Each aligner represents a slight movement in your teeth and so, these custom fitted aligners need to be worn in a set order.

If you lose one of the aligners in the series, it will need to be replaced as soon as possible.

Removable

As mentioned earlier, invisible aligners are removable. Meaning that you do not have to give up your favourite foods or drink in order to wear them. Simply take them out before you eat and, before replacing them in your mouth, make sure that your teeth are clean. With removable aligners come the temptation to keep them out. This can slow the overall realignment process significantly. Or it can result in your teeth reverting to their former positions. In order to see clear results from using clear aligners, you need to keep them in for a minimum of 22 hours per day, or as directed by your dentist.

woman removing her aligners

Faster treatment

Many people assume that because they are not adjusted or tightened, invisible aligners cannot possibly offer a faster treatment option. But this is not so. For the majority of patients undertaking this treatment, straighter teeth can be obtained within as little as 3 to 6 months. Depending on the severity of the issue and whether or not the patient adheres to the 22 hour per day rule. This means you can get straighter teeth in preparation for a wedding or other upcoming event.

Comfort

A key reason why many adults do not want to undertake orthodontic care is because they have heard horror stories, usually relating to fitted braces and the discomfort that occurs after a tightening session. While it is true that clear aligners will need to move your teeth, they are not adjusted or tightened. So they are generally deemed to be more comfortable in not only daily life, but when you switch between them. If you notice general discomfort while wearing your aligners, aim to mitigate this with over the counter pain relief.

Ease of use

Invisible aligners are also easy to use. They are simple to clean, as you simply run them under a cold tap, and you can take them out as and when you need to. Therefore, they do not impact social interactions. You do not even need to attend a dental surgery as regularly as you would with a fitted brace. So they are perfectly adapted for adult life.

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