Whereas clear aligners used to only work on mild dental problems, they’re now considered a real alternative to traditional metal braces, allowing you to get the smile you’ve always wanted without the brace face.
The best invisible aligner provider can help with even the most severe cases, such as by offering interproximal reduction (IPR) to help with crowding issues.
To figure out whether clear aligners are right for you, you first have to know what you’re dealing with. Here are some of the cases that can be treated by clear aligners:
- Crooked teeth - Crooked teeth are pretty common, but if they’re making you feel unhappy or insecure about your appearance, you may want to consider using clear aligners to straighten them. In some cases, crooked teeth can even make it hard to chew, cause a lot of extra wear and tear on your teeth and gums, and increase your risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, and periodontal disease.
- Overbite - Also known as “buck teeth,” an overbite is when your upper-front teeth jut out over your lower teeth. Depending on how severe your overbite is, it can potentially lead to jaw pain, tooth damage, or difficulty speaking or eating.
- Underbite - As you can probably guess, an underbite is the opposite of an overbite: when your lower-front teeth protrude over your upper set. While you may not even notice a slight underbite, it can sometimes make it tough to brush and floss properly, increasing your chance of tooth decay and gum disease, and also make it hard to speak or chew. Clear aligners can fix this, but severe cases may require a more complex treatment.
- Crossbite - A “scissor bite” or crossbite means your teeth are misaligned, causing your upper teeth to fit inside your lower teeth when you bite down, rather than on the outside as they should. Fixing your crossbite can prevent tooth wear, chipping, gum recession or damage, and bone loss.
- Gap teeth - Ever whistle through your teeth? You may have a gap. This condition is mostly cosmetic, but it can also indicate a bigger problem (like gum disease).
- Open bite - If you have an open bite, your upper and lower teeth don’t touch at all when your mouth is closed, which can make eating difficult and wear down your enamel over time.
- Crowded teeth - If you don’t have enough room in your mouth for all your teeth, they can grow in crooked and overlap with each other, causing pain and making brushing and flossing properly difficult. Overcrowding can also lead to bad breath, wear and tear, tooth decay, and gum disease.
We won’t sugarcoat it: Invisible aligners require serious dedication. Prepare yourself for a little drool, some growing pains, and a lot of patience. Clear aligners aren’t for everyone, but if you’re committed to your treatment plan, you will see results.
Clear braces for adults
Clear braces for adults can take some time to work—and some discipline on your part. In order for your aligners to be effective, you need to keep them in for 22 hours. You can pop them out before eating or drinking, but be sure to rinse your tray and immediately put it back in so you don’t lose them—they can be expensive to replace.
With invisible aligners, you can get the straighter smile you dreamed of having in high school without the embarrassing heavy metal. As long as you wear your aligners for 22 hours per day and put them back in your mouth after brushing or eating, your teeth will shift into shape.
Older adults (40+)
You no longer have to swallow your pride and get metal braces to straighten your teeth. With clear braces for adults, you can get the smile you’ve always wanted without the embarrassment. It’ll also make it easier for you to brush, floss, and prevent gum disease as you age.
With clear aligners, you don’t have to feel insecure about flashing a mouthful of metal at your next presentation or breakfast meeting. Dandy also delivers your aligners right to your door, which means fewer trips to the dentist and less time out of the office.
High school and college students
If you’re a high school or college student, the last thing you want is to show up on campus with clunky metal braces. Clear aligners can help you get a straighter smile without having to worry about how you look.
But you do need to be committed and shouldn’t let sports, parties, or other activities get in the way of you wearing them consistently. And be sure to keep a close eye on your clear aligners whenever you take a break to eat or drink so they don’t get lost.
Clear aligners are not ideal for younger children with baby teeth, as their mouths are still growing and developing.
Clear aligners can help sort out a variety of dental concerns, from crooked teeth to overbites. If you feel like you’re ready to take a chance on a straighter smile, try Dandy invisible aligners on for size.