Clear aligners are an excellent way for teens to straighten their teeth discreetly. Although clear aligners are becoming increasingly popular among teenagers, there are still many misconceptions about them.
Here are five little-known facts about clear aligners that might surprise you!
1. You can still eat with them in
Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners are designed to be removable, so you don’t have to worry about being unable to eat your favorite foods. And since they’re made from a flexible plastic material, they won’t irritate your gums or cheeks. Simply take out the aligner before eating and pop it back in when you’re done.
2. You can still brush and floss normally
Clear aligners make brushing and flossing as simple as ever—remove the aligner while brushing and flossing, then put it back in afterward. That way, you can ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy throughout the treatment process.
3. They need to be worn 22 hours a day for the best results
To get the most out of your clear aligner treatment, it’s essential to wear them at least 22 hours a day—and preferably all 24 hours if possible. This will ensure that teeth are moving efficiently throughout treatment so that desired results are achieved expediently.
4. They may help correct other issues too
While clear aligners have traditionally been used only for straightening teeth, recent technological advances have made it possible for them to address other issues, such as overbites, underbites, crossbites, open bites, and gummy smiles. Talk with your orthodontist to see if this treatment is right for you or your teen and if these issues need correcting too.
The recent advancements are exciting and give teens an even better opportunity to achieve the smile they’ve always wanted. Mandibular advancement is just one example of how clear aligners can help correct common issues. This treatment helps move the lower jaw forward.
Mandibular advancement is a treatment that uses clear aligners to move the lower jaw forward. This can help create a more balanced facial profile by reducing the size of a prominent chin or bringing the teeth into better alignment. Mandibular advancement can also reduce snoring and sleep apnea in some cases. The process is generally comfortable and effective, with teens typically seeing results within a few months of beginning treatment.
Other advancements are also making it possible for teens to achieve the perfect smile in less time. Innovations like Staged Aligners, designed to address issues like overcrowding and rotated teeth, can help teens get their desired results faster.
5. They’re not just for teens
While clear aligners are extremely popular among teens, they can also be used by adults as well. That means even if you’re over 18, you can still enjoy a beautiful and straight smile with clear aligners. Adults may require more complex treatments, so be sure to consult your orthodontist to find out if this type of treatment is ideal for you.
Overall, clear aligners are a popular way for teens to straighten their teeth discreetly and comfortably. With recent advancements making it possible to treat more complex issues, teens have even more options for choosing the right treatment plan. Plus, with the ability to eat, brush, and floss normally during treatment, clear aligners make it easier than ever to get the perfect smile. With the right treatment plan, they can finally get the smile they’ve been longing for.
We hope this article has shed some light on clear aligners you may not have been aware of.
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