When many people think about orthodontic dentistry, it is usually about making cosmetic improvements to the smile. While a straight smile is certainly attractive, straight teeth generally mean better oral health because they are easier to brush and floss properly.
If you are an adult who didn’t have the opportunity for braces when you were younger, you might shy away from the thought of metal wires and brackets. But there are other options available today, including clear plastic aligners. Virtually invisible, clear plastic aligners gently nudge your teeth into the desired position without the use of metal wires and brackets.
It’s never too late to have straight, healthy teeth. Orthodontics using clear aligners offer a discreet way to straighten teeth that fits into most adult lifestyles. Call Town Square Family Dentistry to find out more.
Clear Aligners for Invisible Orthodontics
Traditional orthodontics use brackets that are bonded to the teeth then threaded with a wire that is periodically adjusted to guide the movement of the teeth. Treatment usually takes a couple of years and involves frequent visits to the dentist for adjustments.
With clear aligners, patients are given a set of several different aligners to be changed out every few weeks. The clear plastic aligners gradually move the teeth into the correct position. Because the aligners are removable, patients can easily keep their teeth clean and eat a diet that has no restrictions.
Another benefit of the clear plastic aligners is that there is no irritation associated with wearing them as there can be with the brackets and wires of traditional braces.
Find Out if Clear, Plastic Orthodontics Is Right for You
If you are considering clear braces, come to our San Diego dental practice for a full evaluation. We can determine whether they will give you the results you are seeking. Clear aligners can correct a host of orthodontic conditions, such as overlapping, overcrowding, and uneven spacing. For complex bite-related issues, however, traditional braces might be a better option.
Clear plastic aligners are generally best for older teens and adults who can commit to wearing the aligners for at least 22 hours each day. If they are not worn for the recommended time, the desired results will take longer to achieve Each set of aligners is worn for two or three weeks before you wear a new set, so you will make fewer visits to the dentist while you are undergoing treatment.
Get a Straight and Healthy Smile
Call Town Square Family Dentistry for a consultation, and we can determine whether clear aligner braces will work in your situation. You don’t have to live with crooked teeth—or sacrifice your appearance while undergoing treatment. Give us a call today!