There are a whole lot of adults who still need braces. As many as 1 million adults in the United States need help with their teeth but have not had orthodontic care. Adults may have problems with their bite, or they may have teeth that are crooked. They might also have teeth that are not properly spaced. Their teeth might be too crowded, or they may be uneven. While there are adults who need braces, many adults choose not to get them.
Sometimes, adults don’t get braces because they don’t like how braces look. Luckily, you don’t have to get the same old metal braces if you are an adult. Technology has given us something different. If you don’t want braces, you don’t have to have them. We have clear aligners that work like braces do, without brackets or wires, and they are largely invisible. Do you want to learn more? Senestraro Family Orthodontics has information for you on clear aligners.
What Are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are just what they say they are. They are clear plastic shells that fit directly over your natural teeth. Each set of clear aligners are custom made for your teeth. Aligners don’t have brackets or wires. Instead, they move your teeth by changing the shape of your aligners every two weeks. Traditional braces try to realign all of your teeth at the same time. Aligners don’t. They move or change one or two teeth at a time. In the long run, the effect on your teeth is the same. Your teeth are straightened and aligned.
Advantages of Clear Aligners
Clear aligners have many advantages over braces. They straighten your teeth without using brackets. This is a good thing because while brackets have a purpose in braces, they can also cause trouble. Brackets make it difficult for you to get your teeth really clean. Over time, the plaque always present in your mouth builds up. If you have braces, and you don’t get your teeth properly clean, you could get your braces taken off only to find cavities. Wearing clear aligners means you can brush and floss your teeth by taking off the aligners and getting your teeth clean.
Another advantage of clear aligners is that they are more difficult to spot on your teeth than braces are. Usually, you are the only person who knows that you have clear aligners. Adults like this alternative because they can straighten their teeth privately.
If you are a busy adult, wearing aligners means that you can go to the orthodontist less often. Adults love these aligners because they already have a difficult time keeping up with their busy lives. Invisible aligners have a shorter treatment time than other treatment programs. In general, adults who wear invisible aligners have a treatment time of six months less than those who wear traditional braces. If you want to talk about clear aligners, we don’t blame you. Why not give Senestraro Family Orthodontics a call at (503) 694-9636. Let us talk to you about clear aligners for your dental needs.