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Teeth Straightening

You don’t have to live with crooked teeth if you don’t want to. Invisible aligners make teeth straightening bearable—no metal mouth, no weekly checkups, no hassle. It’s a simplified process with the same results as traditional braces: teeth that align with each other for a healthier, more confident smile. 

So how do aligners work to straighten out stubborn, crooked teeth? The material may not look like much, but those thin, flexible plastic liners are far stronger than they seem. The aligners are shaped to accommodate your teeth as they will be in the next phase of movement. Once inserted, they apply pressure to the teeth that require shifting, so that they eventually settle comfortably into place within the liner. It takes time and dedication, but there’s no question it’s proven itself as a tried-and-true teeth straightening solution.

The Benefits Of Invisible Aligners

Though they do the same job as traditional braces, invisible aligners hold significant advantages over their metal competitors. Here are just a few:

They’re cost-effective

Aligners typically cost less than regular metal braces.

They’re convenient

You can easily take your aligners out at mealtimes or when cleaning them. Or, if you don’t feel comfortable wearing them in certain social situations, no problem—you’re alright to pop them off for an hour or two (at the most).

They are—as their name indicates—invisible

No one is ever excited to receive a mouthful of metal. Plastic aligners are clear and fit snugly to your teeth. You won’t have to learn how to eat or talk around them. You’ll be surprised at how few people will actually notice they’re there.

They’re a confidence-booster

Your smile can make a big impression. It might be surprising to some, but crooked teeth can be a source of self-consciousness. Straightening your teeth can boost your self-esteem up a notch or two.

Problems Caused By Crooked Teeth

Believe it or not, crooked teeth are more than just a surface-level problem. Teeth sitting where they’re not supposed to for years on end can cause serious issues that aren’t so easily fixed—and in some cases, not fixable at all. Here are some common problems that invisible aligners can help correct or prevent:

Speech problems

Misaligned teeth can sometimes make the pronunciation of certain words and letters more difficult, resulting in speech impediments, a lisp, or slurred words. Straighter teeth can address these speech issues and help with better articulation.

Misaligned jaw

Crooked teeth rarely meet in a perfect bite, and can often result in a slant in the jaw when the teeth are clenched. This can cause eventual erosion of the jawbone and significant pain. If misalignment occurs, surgery may be necessary to correct it.

Biting tongue/cheek

Everyone bites their cheek and tongue occasionally; it just happens. But if you’re noticing that you seem to chomp down on that soft tissue inside your mouth a bit more often, crooked teeth (which may be slanting at incorrect angles) could be the culprit.

Premature tooth decay

Even if you’re diligent about brushing your teeth daily, it can be hard to clean them as thoroughly as they need to be when they overlap each other. Plaque buildup occurs as a result, virtually unseen, and can cause perfectly preventable tooth decay.