If you’ve recently learned that you or your child require orthodontic treatment to correct oral health issues, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed. Making the decision to pursue a healthier smile can be exciting, but you may also be unsure of what exactly to expect during your own treatment, and you may be wondering “are clear aligners worth it?” Fortunately, modern technology has brought orthodontic treatment a long way, giving patients more choices than ever before!
Here at Langford Orthodontics, treatment options include traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, and clear aligner therapy. These clear aligners are currently the most popular alternative to traditional braces, and it’s not hard to see why! To find out more about the benefits, keep reading below.
Clear aligners makes treatment nearly invisible
It’s not surprising that the biggest reason for this treatment’s popularity is the nearly invisible design of the aligners. These are barely noticeable to most people, which is perfect for patients who have been anxious about standing out due to their treatment. Because they can also be removed for short periods of time, clear aligners are perfect for special occasions, such as weddings or prom, when a patient wants their natural smile to shine!
Clear aligners make it easier to keep your smile healthy during treatment
A good oral hygiene routine is important for everyone, but it’s essential for patients who are undergoing orthodontic treatment. With traditional braces, there can be a bit of a learning cure when it comes to brushing and flossing around the brackets and wires. This can become time-consuming and frustrating! With Clear aligners, this isn’t a problem, since you can simply remove your aligners before brushing and flossing as you usually would. Caring for the aligners is also incredibly easy. There are special kits designed to clean them or you can use a soft-bristled toothbrush and toothpaste to gently brush them every day.
The flexibility you need with Clear aligners
Since these Clear aligners are 100% removable, they offer patients freedom and flexibility that traditional treatment methods just can’t beat! Food restrictions are a great example of this. Braces patients must completely avoid foods that are sticky and crunchy since they can damage the brackets and wires. However, Clear aligner patients can continue eating whatever they want! All you have to do is remove your aligners before eating and drinking, store them someplace safe and clean, and return them when you’re finished!
Clear aligner treatment may work more quickly than braces in some cases
Unfortunately, there’s no “one size fits all” answer as to how long your orthodontic treatment will last. Each case is different and everyone responds to treatment in their own way.
With any type of orthodontic treatment, patient compliance plays a large part in the ultimate success. However, with Clear aligners, it’s absolutely essential that you follow your treatment plan from start to finish! For the system to work correctly, you’ll need to wear your aligners for 22 hours per day throughout your treatment process as recommended by Dr. Langford. You’ll also be responsible for changing out your aligner for the next in the series every 1-2 weeks as outlined in your treatment plan. If you don’t keep up with your schedule, you may end up in treatment longer than originally intended!
Patients who are fully compliant with the treatment plan put in place by Dr. Langford are typically in treatment from 6-18 months. Depending on the case, this can sometimes be slightly faster than the average time spent in braces!
Clear aligners can successfully treat a wide range of orthodontic issues
In their early days, aligners were mainly used to correct simple spacing issues or mild crowding. As the system began to grow in popularity, however, the design of the aligners was greatly improved. They can now be used to treat the following conditions effectively:
- deep overbite
- excessive overjet
- gaps between teeth
- open bite
Get the smile you deserve with Clear aligners and Langford Orthodontics
Clear aligner therapy is a great option for many patients, but it may not work for everyone. Generally speaking, the aligners are most successful for teen and adult patients with mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Cases that are more complex or severe often require more precise tooth control than a removable aligner is capable of.
At your FREE consultation with Dr. Langford at our Seymour or Knoxville office, he’ll examine your smile and determine if you’re a good candidate for Clear aligners. You can trust that Dr. Langford will only recommend the treatment that he believes will be the most successful for your unique smile goals!
During your first visit to Langford Orthodontics, we’ll also outline the complete investment required for your smile transformation. You’ll learn about all of your payment options as well as insurance coverage and how we can help you file your claim. When you have all the right information, you’ll be able to make the best decision for your lifestyle.
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