When you have misaligned teeth as an adult, it can cause you to feel self-conscious about how the world sees you. Especially if you are someone who has a job that involves giving lectures or talks.
People have often assumed that when you hit your adult years, you will not be able to straighten your teeth, but this is not so. Teeth move throughout your life and, given the right orthodontic treatment, can be straightened at any stage.
You may have heard that in 2022, more people than ever before are straightening their teeth using invisible aligners, like Invisalign Ryde. These aligners have changed the face of orthodontic care for many people and, assuming your misalignment is in the mild to moderate range, they can help you too!
So, what are some of the key advantages of undertaking invisible aligners?
When it comes to most types of invisible aligners, they will be custom fitted to your teeth. This is achievable via an intraoral scan, that is taken of your teeth when you attend your first appointment with your dentist relating to the aligners.
The aligners themselves fit like a sports guard, with each one being fitted to slot over your teeth at each stage of the realigning.
Another advantage of clear aligners is that they are removable.
This means that you will be able to take them out whenever you want, and they won’t impact your choice of food. This also means that your oral hygiene won’t suffer, as you can simply remove them when you brush and floss.
You have to be careful, though. Many people have been too lax when it comes to removing their aligners and so, their realignment process has stalled. So, be sure to keep them in for a minimum of 22 hours per day.
In most cases, invisible aligners will be able to straighten your teeth in as little as 3 to 6 months. However, this will depend on the severity of the misalignment being corrected, and whether or not you adhere to the instructions set down by your dental team relating to daily wear.
Invisible aligners can also be used after other orthodontic treatments, such as braces, to add a finishing touch if needed, which may be even shorter than 3 months.
While there is no such thing in modern dental care as completely comfortable orthodontics, invisible aligners do not use the same mechanisms as other orthodontic tools. They push the teeth into their new positions, rather than pull them, meaning that there is less pressure in the jaw and thus, less discomfort.
Aligners are easy to care for and require little effort to maintain.
If they get dirty, simply rinse them under a cold tap and remove any debris with a toothbrush. Do not soak them in warm or hot water, as this can cause them to warp out of shape. It is also worth noting that you shouldn’t rinse them in mouthwash either, as this can cause them to become discoloured.
Any surgical or invasive procedure carries risks. Before proceeding, you should seek a second opinion from an appropriately qualified health practitioner.