Clear aligners are orthodontic trays made from acrylic that is able to straighten your teeth much like regular braces. However, unlike regular braces, clear aligners can be removed easily from your mouth. So even though they should generally be worn for most of the day (22-23 hours every day), you have enough flexibility to be able to take them out during meals, or for brushing and even for an important public speaking or social event.
What Are Some Advantages of Invisible Braces Like Clear Aligners?As you can imagine, clear aligners have completely revolutionized orthodontic treatments by allowing you to take them out for a period of time each day. Take a look at some of the main advantages our team at Angle Orthodontics has identified for opting for clear aligners rather than traditional braces:
- Completely invisible
Most braces – even the clear kinds – are still quite visible compared to clear aligners. Clear aligners are tailored to your individual teeth and do not involve any wires so they are not noticeable at all.
- Easy on the mouth and gums
One of the main disadvantages of traditional metal braces is that they can sometimes cause pain and discomfort. Metal brackets tend to rub on the inside of your mouth, creating sores and mouth abrasions. Clear aligners are gently placed over your teeth and are very comfortable to wear.
- No food limitations
Individuals who wear metal braces are normally advised to stay away from hard and sticky food such as caramel, popcorn, and even apples. A lot of the time this can be quite inconvenient. Clear aligners are very easy to remove so if you want to eat a snack, you can just quickly remove them and put them back when you’re done!
One of the biggest advantages of clear aligners is that you can take them out in certain situations where you are conscious about your appearance. For instance, if you have an important job interview, you can easily take your aligners out and put them right back when you’re done.