8 facts you must know about clear aligners before setting your teeth straight

Confused about getting braces or clear aligners? Well, read this to clear up your mind about straightening your teeth!
Thinking of trying these to straighten your crooked teeth? Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Sameer Merchant Published on: 3 June 2022, 10:00 am IST
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A dazzling and beautiful smile can win hearts. It gives you the confidence to do the things you want to do. But not everyone is lucky enough to have a perfect set of teeth and a beautiful smile. Many have crooked or uneven teeth that may affect their confidence. But that’s where teeth alignment can help. Clear aligners are becoming the go-to method instead of the traditional metal braces.

Several women may not like wearing metal braces to rectify protruding or uneven teeth. Apart from looking unattractive sometimes, they can also impose several food restrictions on those wearing them. Clear aligners are an alternative.

Braces can make people conscious of how they look. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

Come, let’s find out more facts about clear aligners

1. Use of clear aligners:

Women having crooked teeth, gaps in between them, extraction spaces or a few missing ones, and so on can undergo the aligner treatment.

2. How do these work?

The aligners are transparent trays made up of special material that are used to straighten teeth similar to braces. Aligners use mild and constant forces to move teeth to their proper position without you having to wear metal wires and braces.

3. Are clear aligners made to size?

These aligners are custom-made for each aspirant after a digital scan. And the best part is that there is no age limit. You can get it done even if you are above 40 years of age!

The choice is yours after all! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. How long does the alignment treatment take?

The clear aligner treatment may not be very time-consuming either. In fact, depending on your case type, there are shorter duration aligner treatments too. Each set can have a wear time of seven to fourteen days. There are other treatment versions also with an extended treatment time of over several weeks to months. During the treatment period, you may have to visit an orthodontist intermittently for routine check-ups.

5. Comfort level

Clear aligners are the most comfortable way of treating such severe cases as crossbites, open bites, over-jets and so forth. Wearing a series of aligners over a specific period can rectify issues.

6. Easily adjustable

Since you have to wear the aligners for more than 20 hours every day, these clear aligners have been designed for maximum comfort. They are easy to adjust and do not cause any uneasiness to your teeth, tongue or gums, and are also strong and flexible for long-term wear.

Also, read: Braces may help straighten your teeth but can wreck your oral health too

Your crooked teeth can be corrected. Image courtesy: Shutterstock

7. Easy to remove

The clear aligners allow you to carry on with your day-to-day work without any hindrances at all. They can be removed very easily. So, you can take them out during meals and eat and drink whatever you want to or crave. The most important rule here is—you have to remove your aligners before eating and drinking anything, except water. Also, after removing them, remember to store your aligners properly so that they do not get damaged.

8. Invisibility

These aligners, which are made of Pu material, are invisible and this makes it difficult for onlookers to make out that you are wearing them.

So, dear ladies, now that you know the benefits of clear aligners, maybe you can consider weighing it against metal braces.

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Sameer Merchant

Sameer Merchant CEO, Illusion Aligners

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