In the pursuit of a healthy mouth and beautiful smile, you’ve decided to get your teeth straightened with clear aligners.
It’s a good idea all around. Teeth that are crowded and overlap tend to get cavities in those hard to reach places because floss is a lot less likely to get in between.
How Do Clear Aligners Work?
As with traditional braces, clear aligners use gradual force to control tooth movement, but without all of the wires, brackets and rubber bands. They are made with a strong plastic material that is formed to your mouth and teeth. Throughout treatment, you get new aligners every couple of weeks or so. Each one is slightly different, moving your teeth at a slow and steady pace.
ADVANTAGES OF CLEAR ALIGNERS
- Easy to Clean
You don’t even need toothpaste for your clear aligners, you can use a little anti-bacterial soap on a soft brush and rinse them! That’s it. It’s very easy, but there are some things you should not do.Do not boil or use bleach on your clear aligners. Of course, you do need to follow an oral health regiment of brushing and flossing, but your clear aligners don’t add to your routine.
- More Comfortable
Braces are metal, which when rubbed against the inside of your lip or mouth, can be painful. Clear aligners are plastic and for just that reasonit’s already a more comfortable option. In addition to that, a study in 2014 (Fujiyama) reported that there was significantly less pain than with traditional braces.
- Prevents Wear due to Grinding Teeth
The plastic clear aligners keep your teeth from touching, which effectively keeps you from grinding your teeth, especially at night when you’re least aware of doing it.
While it’s not recommended to keep them out for too long (they do have a job to do), it’s convenient to remove them to clean them and eat.