- Published Date: 27 Aug 2020
- Updated Date: 10 Sep 2020
- Reading Time: 4 min
If there’s one thing that pretty much all of us want to make sure of, it’s that we’re taking the best care possible of our smile. After all, a beautiful smile can help you feel more confident, a project that confidence out into the world set other people at ease, and make sure that you’re living the life that you want.
However, if you find yourself dealing with any issues with your teeth then there’s a good chance that’s going to leave you unwilling or unable to show off your smile. There are a whole lot of options available to you when it comes to helping deal with crowded teeth, crossbite, misalignment, or any other dental issues. The most obvious of these is, of course, braces. However, a lot of the time that can be something of a scary prospect. This is especially true for adults, for whom the idea of having braces can often be somewhat uncomfortable.
Fortunately, there is another option available to you if you’re not comfortable with the idea of getting traditional braces. Invisible aligners can make a huge amount of difference to your teeth without having to sacrifice your appearance or your comfort.
What are invisible aligners?
Invisible aligners function in much the same way as braces with some subtle differences. They take the form of a clear guard that you wear over your teeth that gently brings them back into alignment. This means that they are almost impossible to notice while still being incredibly effective.
What are the benefits of invisible aligners over traditional braces?
They are easier to clean
One of the biggest frustrations when it comes to braces is just how difficult they can be to clean a lot of the time. This makes eating out at restaurants or just enjoying food with family a serious hassle. Invisible aligners are far easier to clean. You can simply remove the aligner trays, brush them with warm water and toothpaste, and reinstall them into your mouth. That way, you can clean them quickly, easily, and discreetly.
You can eat whatever you want
Another common issue with braces is that it can often feel as though your options for what you can actually eat is a whole lot more limited than it was before. Getting things stuck in the brackets of your braces is not only frustrating but can lead to some serious issues with your teeth in the long run. However, because of the fact that invisible aligners are removable, there’s no reason why you can’t eat or drink just about anything you want. The amount of time that you need to spend cleaning your teeth after a meal is massively reduced compared to traditional braces. All you need to do is to remember to carefully brush your teeth and rinse out your mouth before you put the aligners back in.
They are invisible
This might seem like the most obvious thing in the world but it’s also one of the most significant benefits to the use of invisible aligners. One of the major issues with braces is that they are hardly subtle a lot of the time. They tend to stand out pretty obviously. This can be frustrating for anyone but for adults, in particular, this can be a major problem. After all, children & teenagers are often assumed to require braces but a lot of people tend to react differently to an adult with braces. The beauty of invisible aligners is that you are able to fully hide your dental treatment. The only reason that anyone would ever need to know that you’re wearing aligners at all is if you decide to tell them about it.
They are more comfortable
Even to those who have never worn them, most people are aware of the kinds of discomfort that braces can cause. The most obvious is that the brackets and wires require tightening and this can cause a lot of soreness. When they are loosened this is reduced but often that is only until they are tightened all over again. Not only that but the size of the brackets in traditional braces is something that can take a long time getting used to in your mouth. Invisible aligners, on the other hand, eliminates the issues with scraping against your tongue and gums which can be very painful. Not only that but, because they are removable, you can take care of your teeth without having to work around them which can be a whole lot easier and more comfortable.
You need fewer trips to the dentist
When you’re wearing traditional metal braces, this will often require you to visit a dentist fairly frequently in order to have the bands or wires tightened and readjusted. Invisible aligners offer you the option to essentially forget about your teeth realignment while you are free to enjoy the rest of your life without having to worry about constant trips to the dentist.
They are suitable for everyone
Invisible aligners are proven safe for just about anyone. While it is often recommended that children shouldn’t be under the age of around 13 before getting invisible aligners, this will often come down to what your dentist recommends. From children to teenagers to adults, there are very few people for whom invisible aligners can’t offer the chance to get their smile back to the way that they want it.
They are proven effective
Not only do invisible aligners offer a whole lot of benefits over traditional braces, but they have also been proven effective in realigning teeth and helping people feel happier and more confident in their smiles. Invisible aligners can treat everything from gap teeth to overbites to crowded teeth.
They are cheaper
Even if they are necessary, braces can often be prohibitively expensive. Invisible aligners can allow you to pay up to 60% less than you would if you were using traditional braces. This means that you can undergo dental treatment with confidence that you’re not going to left with an empty bank balance at the end of it.