A beautiful smile is often associated with straight teeth. However, not everyone is born with perfectly aligned teeth. Fortunately, modern orthodontics offer various treatments to correct misalignments and achieve an attractive smile. Two common choices include traditional braces and aligner treatment. This blog post from East Bentleigh Dental Group takes a closer look at aligner treatment and how it compares to traditional braces.
Aligner treatment involves the use of virtually invisible aligners to gradually shift the teeth into their desired position. These are custom designed using advanced computer technology and are typically made from clear, BPA-free plastic. The treatment process starts with a digital scan or impression of the patient’s teeth, which is then used to create a series of aligners. Each set of aligners is worn for a specific period (usually around two weeks) before being replaced by the next set in the series. This gradual progression continues until the teeth are aligned correctly.
One significant advantage of aligner treatment is its aesthetic appeal. The clear aligners are barely noticeable, making them a popular choice for individuals who may feel self-conscious about wearing traditional braces. Aligners can be easily removed for eating, drinking, brushing and flossing, which contributes to improved oral hygiene compared to traditional braces. This also means that there are no dietary restrictions during treatment, as it’s possible to enjoy your favourite foods without worry.
Another advantage of aligner treatment is the increased comfort it offers. Unlike traditional braces, which may cause discomfort or irritation, aligners are smooth and comfortable to wear, with no risk of mouth sores or injuries from broken wires or brackets. However, it’s important to note that aligner treatment may not be suitable for more complex orthodontic cases. In addition, aligners require a high level of compliance, as they must be worn for at least 20 to 22 hours per day to be effective.
Aligner treatment is a modern orthodontic option that offers a discreet, comfortable and convenient alternative to traditional braces, making it a popular choice for many individuals seeking orthodontic correction. Consult with the team at East Bentleigh Dental Group today to learn more and determine your eligibility.