Most people feel more confident when they have a symmetrical, bright smile, and for both children and adults, properly aligned teeth can significantly boost their self-confidence. Straightening teeth has become a relatively standard procedure for the young and old alike for various reasons, including wanting an “Impeccable Smile”; better jaw relations to improve TMJ disorders; increased chewing function to aid digestive conditions or to make it easier to keep teeth clean and free from periodontal disease, Traditional braces is always an option, but what about clear aligners? Do they straighten teeth as effectively as metal braces? Below, are the most common questions associated with braces and aligners.
#1: Do clear aligners effectively straighten teeth?
Years ago, traditional orthodontic braces were considered the only option for straightening severely crooked teeth. However, clear aligners are now able to move teeth with advanced technology, which enables more difficult cases of overjet, overbites and crossbites to be treated effectively in most cases.
Each aligner adjusts your teeth by applying a specific amount of pressure to certain teeth according to the plan that your dentist creates for you. You will receive a few trays at a time that you are instructed to change throughout the time allotted between appointments.
#2: What are the benefits of aligners vs. metal braces?
Flossing and cleaning the teeth efficiently is easier with aligners because you just pop out the trays and clean your teeth as you normally would. Aligners are always removed to eat, so enjoying nutritious meals is also easier because you don’t have to worry about breaking a wire or getting food stuck in your braces. You do not have to see an orthodontist, as many dentists are trained and certified to provide clear aligners.
#3: How long does treatment take?
Treatment varies from patient to patient. Aligner treatment can take anywhere from a few months to a few years, depending on the complexity of the case. Your dentist will give you an idea of your treatment length during your consultation.
#4: How often should I wear aligners?
You will wear your aligner trays as directed by your doctor, which is usually two to three weeks per step, at least 22 hours per day. You will only take them out to eat and brush your teeth.
#5: How often do I need to see my dentist?
Because the aligners progress in moving the teeth is monitored closely by your dentist, check-ups are typically scheduled every six to eight weeks, but the patient will change their clear aligners every two to three weeks on average depending on based on your dentist’s recommendations.
#6: How much does it cost?
The cost to patients is generally comparable to other orthodontic options, ranging from around $2,750.00 to $6,000, depending on the complexity of the treatment involved.
The Benefits of Braces
Getting orthodontic treatment has numerous benefits; some of these include, fewer incidences of head, neck and jaw pain, better digestion, increased periodontal health, clearer speech, and, of course, a beautiful smile.
Straightening your teeth is a really great way to improve your overall appearance and health, as it can have a positive psychological effect on a person’s self-esteem and outlook and job prospects. Straighter teeth can improve your wellbeing and lift your spirits. And when the people in your life see you smile more confidently, everyone is positively affected.
Dr. Vivian DeLuca of Impeccable Smiles offers her patients both fixed and clear aligner orthodontic options for straightening teeth.
Whether you have heart disease, diabetes or another medical conditions it is important to keep your dentist informed. Many individuals fail to tell their dentist about their current health issues and changes; but with all of the evidence pointing to strong oral – systemic health connections, it’s imperative to let them know about changes in your health and any new medications that you’re taking; so that they can best educate you on prevention of disease.