Clear Aligners: An Alternative to Braces for Adults

A few years ago, before clear aligners became the big thing, braces were the most common option available for straightening the teeth. Most adults consider traditional braces unsightly and would therefore never get them. Fortunately, clear aligners are now available for adults who want to correct mild to moderate teeth misalignment or crowding.

Unlike traditional braces which use metal brackets and wires connected to the teeth, clear aligners are made up of sequences of clear, removable dental trays for teeth straightening. The trays are custom-made for each patient and move the teeth slowly into a new, optimal position.

How clear aligners work

The clear aligners are computer-generated using the patient’s present dental records. To determine if you are a candidate for clear aligners, the dentist would need to perform a comprehensive assessment, including taking x-rays of the teeth, jaws and skull. Pictures and impressions of the teeth will also be taken to create models.

If there is no malocclusion (bite issues), then clear aligners can help you achieve the results you desire. However, if the upper and lower jaws are not correctly aligned, causing an overbite or an underbite, then you may need traditional braces to straighten the teeth and correct your bite.

Every patient has unique dental makeup. The conditions are rarely the same, but you should expect to wear the aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours daily for the next six months to two years, depending on the severity of your condition. Clear aligners are removable for eating and cleaning, are they are barely noticeable.

The aligner is made from a hard plastic material that is created to fit your dentition. As the treatment continues, you will need to go for new aligners to replace the old ones. Each aligner is a bit different from the previous one to move your teeth.

The advantages of clear aligners

Oral hygiene is more comfortable with clear aligners than braces. Patients can easily remove the aligners for brushing or flossing. With braces, however, you must be more meticulous with cleaning.They are more comfortable to wear and rarely ever causes gum and cheek irritation, in contrast to metal braces.

Patients dealing with teeth grinding will also get additional protection for their teeth.

Clear aligners vs. traditional braces

With more adults seeking to align their teeth to get a better appearance, there is a need for a treatment option that is discreet, yet functional. It takes a while to get adjusted to traditional braces, and that could pose a challenge for adults. Aside from the unappealing visual appearance of traditional braces, patients are also restricted to certain diet choices and lifestyle habits.

Kids that are involved in sports and related activities may find braces impractical because of functional concerns and lifestyle restrictions. Clear aligners solve that problem since they are discreet and removable.

In conclusion

If you want to straighten your teeth with clear aligners, book an appointment to discuss with an orthodontist to find out if you are a good candidate for the procedure.

Request an appointment here: http://southernoaksfamilydental.com or call Southern Oaks Family Dental Care at (225) 663-1813 for an appointment in our Baton Rouge office.

Check out what others are saying about our services on Yelp: Read our Yelp reviews.

Recent Posts

Do I Need An Apicoectomy If My Root Canal Does Not Work?

With a root canal, a dentist or endodontist can eliminate pain and save the patient’s permanent tooth; Two great accomplishments. Although dental professionals do everything they can before resorting to this procedure, patients typically handle it quite well. A root canal has a high rate of success for the millions of people who have it…

Welcome To Southern Oaks Family Dental Care

We are committed to providing quality service to residents located In the Baton Rouge, LA area. Our website has additional information about the following topics: Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, Family Dentist, General Dentist, Emergency Dentist, Dental Implants, Teeth Whitening, Dental Veneers, Dentures and Dental Crowns.

5 Reasons To Get Dental Veneers

Dental veneers are a great way to deal with a number of dental problems. A veneer is a tooth-like, thin shell that covers the front of a tooth. It looks just like a real tooth, and it hides any flaws on the front of the tooth behind it. Getting veneers often requires multiple visits to…

A Baton Rouge Dentist Shares 4 Surprising Facts About Teeth

You can trust our Baton Rouge dentist when they say that the teeth are one of the most important parts of the body. Your teeth are responsible for chewing and grinding up your food, keeping your facial structure and giving you a beautiful smile! Most people might know how many teeth they have or how…

Recent Posts

Do I Need An Apicoectomy If My Root Canal Does Not Work?

Do I Need An Apicoectomy If My Root Canal Does Not Work?

With a root canal, a dentist or endodontist can eliminate pain and save the patient’s permanent tooth; Two great accomplishments. Although dental professionals do everything they can before resorting to this procedure, patients typically handle it quite well. A root canal has a high rate of success for the millions of people who have it…

Welcome To Southern Oaks Family Dental Care

Welcome To Southern Oaks Family Dental Care

We are committed to providing quality service to residents located In the Baton Rouge, LA area. Our website has additional information about the following topics: Dentist, Cosmetic Dentist, Family Dentist, General Dentist, Emergency Dentist, Dental Implants, Teeth Whitening, Dental Veneers, Dentures and Dental Crowns.