Best Candidates for Clear Aligners

Smiling has countless health benefits. It can help you live longer, relieve stress, improve your mood, and regulate your blood pressure. But, if you have crooked or misaligned teeth, you may find it harder to smile. And, since you are already self-aware about your smile, you may be reticent about getting traditional orthodontic braces. 

So, you are thinking about clear aligners to straighten your smile. But is this treatment right for you? 

Let's find out who can be a good candidate for clear aligners. 

Dental Issues That Clear Aligners Can Fix

Clear aligners work similarly to traditional braces. They put pressure on your teeth, forcing them to slowly shift back into their correct position. However, some differences make clear aligners the preferred options for a lot of patients. 

  • Firstly, clear aligners are virtually invisible, making the treatment more discreet. 
  • Unlike traditional braces, you can remove the aligners for eating, drinking staining beverages, and brushing your teeth 
  • The treatment period is significantly lower than in the case of metal braces. 

While traditional braces are usually used for severe misalignments, clear aligners can help fix a wide range of dental issues, such as:

  • Malocclusions like overbites, underbites, or crossbites 
  • Crooked teeth 
  • Crowded teeth 
  • Gapped teeth 

Who Is a Good Candidate for Clear Aligners? 

The benefits of clear aligners make them an appealing option, but, unfortunately, they are not suited for everyone. 

While clear aligners can help with a variety of dental problems, they are only effective for mild to moderate cases. So, if your malocclusion is more severe, for example, you may need metal braces or a combination of traditional orthodontic treatment and clear aligners to achieve the desired results. 

Even if you are a good candidate, you need to keep in mind that clear aligners require commitment. You have to wear the aligners for about 22 hours every day and only take them off when eating or doing your oral hygiene routine. 

Clear aligners also require stricter maintenance. You have to take them off every time you are eating or drinking anything other than water. You also have to thoroughly clean them every day to avoid staining and discoloration. If you can't commit to these things, then traditional orthodontic treatment may be better suited for you. Not wearing your clear aligners properly will only lengthen the treatment period. 

Find Out If Clear Aligners Are Right for You! 

Are you interested in clear aligners, but aren't sure if you are a good candidate? Dr. Benjamin Burkitt can help you find out what orthodontic treatment best fits your needs. 

Schedule an appointment with We Care Dental Care for an initial consultation and start your journey towards a beautiful and healthy smile. 

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