Clear aligners are made of smooth plastic that is designed to look similar to tooth enamel. At AC Dentistry, the
aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth and are designed to subtly move teeth over time. Aligners are clear and
discreet, making them a popular orthodontic treatment.
Each aligner should be worn for about two weeks, and then switched out for the next aligner in the series. Every
aligner moves teeth a little bit further until the desired results are achieved. Clear aligners are a great option for
busy professionals, or for anyone who prefers a discreet orthodontic treatment.
Clear Aligner vs Braces
Clear aligners function the same as braces, although they can’t correct some severe misalignment. However, they
are far less invasive than braces. Aligners can be removed during meals and for important occasions. They do not
stain, making them a preferable option for many patients.
The Benefits of Clear Aligners
A benefit of clear aligners is that they straighten your teeth without brackets and wires. Metal braces can irritate,
poke, and scratch the insides of your mouth, causing pain. Clear aligners are made of smooth, clear plastic, so they
won’t irritate the inside of your mouth.
Improved Oral Hygiene
Removable aligners are easy to clean. When it’s time to brush your teeth, you just pull your aligners out of
your mouth and brush and floss your teeth. Cleaning teeth with braces has a different process.
With traditional braces, you have to remove your braces and clean your teeth with a toothbrush. If your braces are
metal, you also have to scrub the brackets and wires with a toothbrush. This can get pretty messy and
Clear aligners offer several benefits that traditional braces do not. Not only do they straighten your teeth, but
they also do so in a very discreet manner. You can straighten your teeth without anyone knowing, which can increase
your confidence. When you feel good about your smile, you are more likely to use it. This can increase your confidence
in professional and social settings.
Improved Eating Options
Clear aligners don’t limit what you can eat. Metal braces often interfere with your ability to bite and chew
food, while clear aligners allow you to enjoy your favorite foods without worrying about damaging your
This improved eating ability is especially helpful if you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment as an adult.
Being able to enjoy the same foods you ate before your orthodontic treatment is a huge benefit.
Better Oral Health
Orthodontic aligners are worn for 22 hours a day, but because they are removable, they allow the wearer to remove
them when eating or brushing. This makes it possible to maintain good oral hygiene.
Because food and other debris can easily get stuck in between the teeth when braces are worn, oral health can suffer.
Aligners are easy to clean, so the wearer can keep them clean and avoid tooth decay.
No Metal Braces
Clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment option that does not require metal braces. Instead, clear aligners are
made from a clear acrylic material. The aligners are fitted specifically to your mouth and will gradually shift your
teeth into place.
Visit AC Dentistry at 7350 Cahaba Valley Rd. #106, Birmingham, AL 35242, or call (205) 533-6799 to learn more
about the benefits of Clear aligners.