- Published Date: 07 Oct 2020
- Updated Date: 23 Mar 2021
- Reading Time: 6 min
Your smile is a gift that you give to the world. Your smile brightens your day, and that of others. Quite literally, in fact! The act of smiling releases neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and endorphins. Your brain’s natural pain killers and antidepressants. What’s more, when we smile at others, we can usually be sure that our smiles will be reciprocated by them. So, the more you smile the more pleasant the world around you seems and the happier you smile.
But when we feel self-conscious about our smiles, we can miss out on all the wonderful benefits. If you have teeth that are gappy, crooked or misaligned, you may not feel great about sharing your smile with the world. Could clear aligners be the answer to perfectly straight teeth that you’ve been looking for? In this post, we’ll look at some of the ways in which crooked teeth can be straightened, explaining the benefits of invisible aligners when compared to other straightening solutions.
The causes and dangers of crooked teeth
Crooked, gappy or misaligned teeth can diminish the aesthetic of your otherwise beautiful smile. They can make you less willing to give the gift that is your smile to those around you. Even those you love and know very well.
Yet, while this alone is a very good reason to take steps to straighten your teeth, the problems caused by crooked teeth go way beyond the aesthetic. Crooked or misaligned teeth can cause all kinds of problems in your mouth when left untreated.
They can lead to disproportionate wear on your teeth, gums and the muscles of the jaw. This may result in a range of potentially serious outcomes including;
- Jaw strain
- Chronic headaches
- Cracked teeth
- Painful TemporoMandibular Joint (TMJ) disorder
Misaligned teeth also allow for food to be trapped in areas of your mouth which your toothbrush can’t access. This in turn will lead to the risk of gum disease and eventually periodontitis- a more serious condition that can be damaging to the gums and jawbones.
In some cases, misaligned teeth can even lead to problems chewing and digesting your food, as well as creating speech difficulties.
One thing’s for sure, the longer you leave misaligned teeth uncorrected, the more problems that they can create.
Ways to straighten crooked teeth
The good news is that there are all kinds of ways in which crooked teeth can be realigned. So that you can have a smile that not only gives you confidence, but keeps your mouth as healthy and hygienic as possible.
There are a range of options available, depending on your needs and budget.
Many of us have worn braces in our teenage years. They are an effective way to straighten the teeth and ensure proper alignment. However, they are not known for their discretion. While many adults would benefit from wearing braces, there are some who feel that doing so would undermine their confidence.
There are hidden braces available that attach from the less visible back side of the teeth rather than the fronts for additional discretion. However, these can be much more expensive.
Headgear is used in some extreme cases where an overbite has begun to create serious problems with alignment. Fortunately, headgear only needs to be worn for set hours every day, so a modicum of discretion can be achieved.
If there is only very minor tooth correction, a retainer alone may be all that is necessary to correct the positioning of the teeth. This is a very affordable and discreet option that’s all but invisible. However, the reality is that this is only really an option in relatively few cases.
In some cases, where teeth are crooked, chipped, discoloured, misaligned or have spacing issues, a dental veneer may be an appropriate way to fix the alignment and appearance of the teeth at the same time. This is a quick fix, but it’s one that should be carefully considered. Veneers are permanent, and need to be replaced every 5-10 years. So this can be a very costly way to get sustainable results.
As you can see, each of the above options comes with its own set of caveats. Which is why clear aligners were created to fill a gap in the market. Clear aligners are invisibly clear, snug-fitting, removable, and completely customized for your mouth. They fit over your teeth and
These appliances offer users the best of all worlds. They are very discreet, affordable, convenient, and less intrusive than other means of tooth straightening.
Let’s take a closer look at why our customers love our clear aligners…
Why choose clear aligners?
Clear aligners have been developed to directly address the shortcomings left by other tooth alignment solutions. Unlike dental veneers, they are not permanent. And because they can be removed, you can take them out while enjoying hot beverages or chewing gum. Just as long as you wear them for the recommended 20-22 hours every day.
They allow you to correct your teeth without impinging on your day to day life. While you may notice that your aligners slightly change the way you talk, this usually rectifies itself after just a few days. Our clear aligners are safe and completely BPA free, so you can use them with complete peace of mind, even if you’re pregnant.
In many cases, clear aligners only need to be used for around 6 months on average. Once we’ve received your impressions in the mail, one of our smile specialists will let you know whether you’d benefit from clear aligners on your top teeth, bottom teeth or both, and let you know how long your treatment will be expected to last.
Know exactly what you’re getting with zero obligation
We know that invisible aligners are a commitment. We ensure that you know exactly what to expect from this comfortable and discreet treatment. Once we’ve received your impressions, you’ll get your very own Smile Projection- a promised treatment plan which will show you what your teeth will look like after treatment with a before and after comparison.
If you don’t like what you see, you can request a modification before we fabricate your aligners.
Discreet and virtually invisible
We understand how important it is for you to go about your life as usual while knowing that your teeth are slowly getting straighter, healthier and better aligned. We’ve taken great care to ensure that our clear aligners are virtually invisible.
So you can smile with confidence knowing that your teeth look completely natural and that every day is bringing you one step closer to the smile of your dreams.
Convenient and comfortable
The great thing about clear aligners is that they are designed with your comfort and convenience in mind. Once you get the hang of it, they’re easy to fit and while you may notice some very slight discomfort or irritation over the first few days (as with any dental treatment), after a while you won’t even notice them in your mouth. They are completely customized to fit your mouth; handcrafted and precision trimmed to your unique gum line, so they fit securely and snugly and are completely comfortable to wear.
You can go about your work, play musical instruments and even play sports. However, we strongly recommend removing them for eating and drinking, especially hot beverages. Playing high-impact sports while wearing them is also discouraged.
Flexible and affordable
We’re committed to ensuring that you get the smile of your dreams in a way that’s affordable and flexible enough to suit your needs and budget. We offer two different types of affordable monthly installment plans. There’s our SmileFlex plan comes with a soft credit check, and our SmileFlex Easy which has no credit check or forms to fill out. We remove the barriers that keep you from getting your dream smile, while also ensuring that you get a great deal that’s manageable for your household budget.
Pricing starts from as little as $115 a month with a $385 downpayment. Or if you’d prefer to get your impression kit first, this is available at just $55. So you can start the ball rolling in your own time.
We’re with you every step of the way
At Alignerco, we understand that your new clear aligners may take some getting used to. From the moment you first fit them to integrating them seamlessly into your lifestyle, you’re likely to experience just a little friction as you make the minor changes necessary to adjust to them. Invisible aligners are generally much easier to incorporate into your lifestyle (not to mention more comfortable) than other options like braces. Still, you can be assured that we’ll be with you every step of the way to make your journey towards a straighter, healthier smile as easy and comfortable as possible.
Want to know more?
As we can see, clear aligners are the perfect solution when it comes to getting straighter, stronger, healthier teeth. They’re discreet, affordable, comfortable and easy to fit with your busy lifestyle. But if you’d like to know more about this treatment, our smile specialists will be happy to answer your questions. Call us today at 1 (647) 360 0096.