Flashy metal grins fill the pages of most high school yearbooks, a rite of passage for many teenagers. Not long ago, misaligned teeth left you with two options: live with them or wire up. But today you’ll find new stealth ways to straighten out your smile. And that means a confident new look lies within reach of everyone, regardless of age.
For most patients, straight teeth mean a terrific smile. Sure, crooked or disjointed teeth can hurt someone’s self-esteem, but did you know that properly aligned teeth are healthier?
Misaligned teeth can push other teeth out of place. Overlapped, crooked, or rotated teeth can affect eating and speaking and cause future problems with bite and alignment. Crooked teeth also create a daily cleaning challenge. The Food and bacterial plaque accumulate slowly in the tiny spaces that your toothbrush and floss can’t reach. The acidic toxins that seep out of the bacterial sludge can lead to cavities and inflamed diseased gums. Helping even a couple straggling teeth find their proper place can actually leave you with a healthier mouth.
Do Clear Aligners Really Work for Teeth Straightening?
Clear aligners have become very popular and they are quite effective at straightening teeth for adults and teens. They work as well as traditional braces in many cases, and can provide faster treatment than braces thanks to the precise amount of force these plastic trays apply on teeth. Over the last two decades the capabilities of clear aligners have evolved making them the prefered choice for many different dental alignment problems. Aligners can fix a wide range of dental issues like:
Gaps between teeth
Advantages of Clear Aligners
There is no need to fill your mouth with metal braces anymore. Clear dental aligner systems provide a modern straightening method without glue, brackets, or a stainless steel smile. Clear Aligners are almost transparent and often work better than traditional braces. Designed with sophisticated software and 3D digital models of your teeth, a series of clear plastic trays produce teeth straightening results often associated with traditional metal braces. Using medical-grade plastic without wires, metal, springs, or rubber bands we gently move your teeth into place. Gradual pressure on specific teeth with each aligner means less discomfort and shortened treatment times, in many cases. Peter Family and Cosmetic Dentistry dispenses several sets of aligners at a time, allowing you to change to a new one at home every 2-3 weeks.
Don’t hide your smile
Clear aligner patients don’t have to worry about the insecurity that can ofter come from wearing braces. Since the aligner trays are nearly invisible most people will never know you are wearing them. You can live a normal life free of a metal smile and still get the smile you’ve always wanted.
Convienence of Cleaer Aligners
The convenience of removable trays provides another advantage over braces. The clear trays can be set aside for short periods allowing normal eating and cleaning. Patients using clean aligners can enjoy an apple without the intrusion of brackets and wires. It’s important to wear your aligners about 22 hours a day to get the most of the dental treatment, but taking out your aligners for short periods of time makes life just a bit easier while you straighten your teeth.
More Comfortable Than Braces
Instead of using sharp metal or ceramic brackets glued to your teeth, clear aligners are made from smooth plastic. This less abrasive surface is far more comfortable to the inside of your mouth. It helps prevent abrasions and discomfort to the tongue and cheeks making the process more pleasant.
Something For Everyone
The perks of straightening teeth with aligners can be enjoyed by patients of many ages. Clear aligners work extremely well for adults, and responsible teens can be good candidates too. Straightening younger children’s teeth is more complex because their teeth are constantly changing.
90% of patients with mild to moderate spacing issues can often benefit from clear aligners. Some tooth movements may not be possible and more severe conditions may need more complex treatment. Or you may simply prefer the security of fixed braces.
More choices than ever exist for many procedures in dentistry allowing customized care for your situation. Dr. Peter can help you discover the path to a straighter smile.