The bad thing about crooked teeth is that the condition (known as malocclusion) can be a lot more serious than you realize at first. Even if the state of your crooked teeth isn’t highly obvious when you speak or smile, the fact that they aren’t aligned properly can have devastating consequences on your teeth. For instance, crooked teeth throw your bite off balance, lead to damage to your jaw joints, and are more susceptible to being damaged or lost themselves. Today, we explore why clear aligners can be a better alternative to straightening crooked teeth than traditional braces, and a few ways in which they can enhance your orthodontic treatment.
They really are nearly invisible
One of the bigger considerations that come with wearing traditional braces is dealing with how the brackets and wires make your smile look. Traditional braces work through brackets bonded to your teeth and an arch wire that connects them. These are necessary to gently and consistently move crooked teeth into straighter positions. However, they can also be highly noticeable, and their presence can lead to several different considerations. With clear aligners, there are no brackets or wires to contend with, and the aligners are made from clear acrylic that ensures they remain virtually undetectable when placed over your teeth.
They’re more comfortable and convenient
The discreet appearance of clear aligners is an important benefit. For some older teen and adult patients, the appearance of traditional metal braces can sometimes cause them to hesitate to straighten their teeth. As they hesitate, the problems associated with their crooked teeth can continue to grow worse. However, in addition to the more discreet appearance of clear aligners, the innovative teeth-straightening system is also significantly more comfortable and convenient throughout the course of your treatment. Besides not having any metal wires to scratch your oral tissues, the aligners can also be temporarily removed so you can eat, brush and floss your teeth, and rinse your mouth unimpeded by braces.
They can straighten your teeth faster
The time that it takes to straighten crooked teeth is an important element in your orthodontic treatment. One of the more significant advantages to clear aligners is that, in many cases, they can also help straighten your crooked teeth faster than traditional braces can. For example, our system of clear aligners is designed to address your crooked teeth in a way that doesn’t require such extensive tooth movement. If you qualify, you may be able to use the clear aligners to completely straighten your smile in as little as six months.
Learn if you can benefit from clear aligners
With advanced, custom-designed clear orthodontic aligners, you can straighten your teeth faster and more comfortably than with traditional orthodontic systems. To learn more, schedule an appointment by calling Creekside Family Dental Care in Columbia, TN, today at (931) 388–3384.