If you had braces as a child, you know how annoying the process can be. Braces are uncomfortable. Between the wires and brackets, the food restrictions, and cleaning regimens, they create a pretty big hassle. If you have misaligned teeth that you want to straighten, you may be hesitant to do so because of braces. There are other solutions to help you achieve the straight smile you’re after. Invisible aligners can get your teeth in line without the discomfort of braces. So don’t write off your chance at a straight, even smile just yet. Braces aren’t your only option.
Invisible Aligners Are More Comfortable and Easier to Clean
Perhaps the biggest benefit that invisible aligners offer is their comfort. Aligners are made of removable plastic, which means that when it’s time for the next set of aligners, you can simply replace them, rather than having brackets tightened. (Bonus: This process can happen at home, meaning fewer appointments for you.) You can also easily clean your aligners if you need to. You can take them out to clean them, and you can take them out when you’re eating, eliminating the need to worry about meal debris.
Invisible Aligners Are Discreet and Often Easier on Your Teeth
The other major advantage of invisible aligners is how discreet they are. Braces can be distracting in photos and social settings. You may have to deal with this self consciousness for two years while the braces work. Invisible aligners are invisible, so you can feel more comfortable with your smile during the process. They’re also easier on your teeth. Since you don’t need brackets bonded to your teeth, you’re less likely to experience staining or damaged enamel. The process of straightening your teeth doesn’t have to be painful and annoying.
Braces Are Still Necessary in Some Cases
While invisible aligners are great, they’re most effective in cases of minor misalignment. If you have serious structural changes that need to be made, or if you’re a younger patient, braces might be the best option. While you might not be looking forward to braces, straightening your smile is worth the process. Misaligned teeth can cause a misaligned bite, which adds wear and pressure to your teeth. Your teeth may prematurely get ground down by an uneven bite, leaving you with permanent damage.
Find Invisible Aligner Options at Elm Creek Dental
Dr. Carter and his team know how uncomfortable braces can be. That’s why they’ll help you determine whether you’re a candidate for invisible aligners. If so, you can begin your treatment quickly and start straightening your teeth in comfort. Schedule your initial appointment for aligners with Elm Creek Dental in Maple Grove, MN by calling the office at 763-416-0606.