Clear aligners are made from smooth plastic and are designed to be comfortable and discreet. At AC Dentistry, we custom-make clear aligners to fit your teeth perfectly and efficiently move them over time. Clear aligners are a popular orthodontic treatment because they are transparent and almost visible.
Each clear aligner in the treatment series 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 Aligners vs Braces
Clear aligners function on the same principles as braces, moving the teeth into their correct positions over time. Although they can correct many types of misalignment conditions, they cannot correct severe ones.
Clear aligners are far less invasive than braces. Aligners can also be removed when eating and for important occasions.
The Benefits of Clear Aligners
A significant 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 from smooth, clear plastic, so they won’t irritate the inside of your mouth.
Improved Oral Hygiene
Removable aligners make it easy to clean your teeth. When it’s time to brush your teeth, you just pull your aligners out of your mouth and brush and floss your teeth as usual. With traditional braces, you cannot remove the braces to clean your teeth. Brushing your teeth can get pretty messy and time-consuming.
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 food getting stuck in your braces.
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
Clear aligners are worn for 22 hours a day but because they are removable, they allow you to brush as usual. This makes it possible to maintain good oral hygiene.
Because food can easily get stuck in between the teeth when braces are worn, oral health can suffer. Aligners make it easy to maintain your oral hygiene and therefore 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.