Do you want straight teeth and a more beautiful smile within the shortest possible time? Or you want a less invasive, unnoticeable, and comfortable way to straighten your teeth. Then invisible braces, aka aligners, may be for you. Aligners are clear, thin removable orthodontic appliances that are alternative to braces. Aligners are designed to invisibly correct crooked and gapped teeth. As with all dental procedures, understanding the pros and cons of aligners will help you determine if they are the best choice for you.

Advantages of Aligners

  • They’re almost invisible– One of the most significant advantages of aligners over traditional braces is their hidden nature. These days it is possible to get orthodontic treatments without anyone noticing. Unlike metal braces, they are invisible and hardly noticeable by anybody; for this reason, it is a preferred choice by many adults who want to conceal their orthodontic treatment.

  • They’re removable – One great advantage of this orthodontic appliance is that they are removable. You can take them out of your mouth and keep them in a small carrying case when you’re ready to eat or clean your teeth and wear them back right after.

  • Shorter treatment time– While traditional braces take 12 to 24 months to correct, correction with aligners can be achieved in as little as six months to 12 months. To ensure aligners are effective, patients should wear them as their dentist recommends. It is recommended to wear it for at least 20 to 22 hours a day for maximum results.

  • Comfort– Aligners are more comfortable to wear than traditional braces. They do not have sharp edges, so you do not need to deal with brackets and wires that poke and cut your cheeks or mouth like braces.

  • No diet restrictions- Having to forgo what everyone else is eating at a party or family dinner – because of your braces can be a heartbreaking thing. Not to talk of the lengthy list of restricted foods that accompany wearing braces. Aligners allow you to continue to eat all your favourite foods without worrying about food getting stuck in a set of clunky metals in your mouth.

  • Improved Dental Health and wellness– Aligners make teeth cleaning easy because you can remove them when flossing or brushing, unlike with wearing braces.

  • Beautiful Smile– The most crucial benefit is achieving a beautiful and more attractive smile that you will be proud of. Aligners effectively straighten teeth and close spaces, giving you uniform teeth and a bright smile.

Note that aligners may not be suitable for certain persons. Usually, aligners are not recommended for extreme cases of malocclusion. They can correct minor orthodontic problems like crowding, overbite, underbite or gaps. Choosing your type of orthodontic appliance depends on your situation. This is why it is important to have an extensive consultation with your dentist before deciding on which orthodontic appliance will be best for you. Like any other orthodontic treatment, aligners take time, patience, and commitment to achieve the desired results fully. If you’re considering getting aligners, consult with your dentist to find one that suits your needs best.

At Zoe Dental Centre, we offer two brands of clear aligners that can help you achieve your most incredible smile. These are Invisalign and Smilers.