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:
Aligners typically cost less than regular metal braces.
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:
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.
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.
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.
The Smilelove Advantage
When it comes to invisible aligners, the straightening process is the easy part. The hard part? Choosing what kind of aligners you want to get the job done. Many orthodontists across the country offer invisible aligners, whether of their own design or from a company specializing in the product. In this situation, you’ll get a specialist’s opinion, advice, and process firsthand and in person. But the checkups can get to the point of occurring once every other week, or even weekly, which can become overwhelming. For those with busy lives and working professionals, this is often less than convenient. Sitting for scans or impressions each appointment can also get quite tiresome.
Gaining popularity within the aligner industry is the concept of sending an entire teeth straightening kit straight to the patient and skipping the ortho’s office altogether. The patient makes initial impressions at home, sends them to the invisible aligner company, and in-house orthodontists will develop the sequence of aligners from start to finish. The patient is then sent the kit so they can complete their smile-straightening in the comfort and convenience of their own home.
Smilelove is paving the way for patients to take matters into their own hands and get the smile they’ve always desired. We provide affordable, high-quality invisible aligners that can shape your teeth into perfect rows. All without one visit to an orthodontist’s office.
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