Are Clear Aligners Right for Me?

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If you are shopping around for teeth straightening methods, you may have come across the ever popular clear aligners. An improvement on the traditional orthodontic techniques, clear aligners ditch the bulky, metallic braces for something more sleek and discreet.

Clear aligners are essentially custom-created, high-quality plastic trays that fit securely over the teeth. They work in increments of two weeks, where each new aligner adjusts the bite little by little to produce a final, corrected smile.

Orthodontic issues not only affect the appearance of the smile but can also cause a series of oral health issues. Crooked teeth are not only unsightly, but they can lead to a heightened risk of cavities, TMJ and gum disease.

Who should get clear aligners?

Not everyone can use aligners to straighten their smile, but most mild to moderate alignment issues can be fixed by this method.

Clear aligners work well for issues, such as mildly crooked teeth, malocclusion (bad bite), mild overbites, mild underbites, protruding teeth, overcrowding and gapped teeth. All these issues are caused by a variety of factors, including a family history of crooked teeth, childhood thumb sucking and injury to the teeth.

Mildly crooked teeth

That one snaggle tooth that is distracting from the rest of the smile can be fixed by aligners. Crooked teeth may not have spacing issues, but they can be noticeable nonetheless.

Malocclusion

Clear aligners can usually handle some pretty severe cases of malocclusion. Malocclusion, known colloquially as a bad bite, is the condition where teeth do not fit together correctly when the bite is closed. Some teeth may be slightly out of place in relation to their opposing teeth.

Underbite or overbite

Clear aligners have the ability to move teeth into a more natural position when either the top or bottom arches are overlapping one another. An underbite occurs when the bottom teeth close in front of the top teeth. An overbite is just the opposite, - when the top teeth jut out over the bottom teeth.

Only patients with a mild underbite or overbite are good candidates for clear aligners. More severe issues usually need braces or a combination of clear aligners and braces.

Overcrowding

When teeth do not have enough room in the jaw to sit upright, crowding occurs. Teeth can twist and turn and stack on top of each other. Invisible aligners can help correct mild overcrowding issues, spacing out the teeth and allowing them to position themselves straight.

Who is not a good candidate for clear aligners?

Although clear aligners have the ability to move the teeth, they do not have the force needed to correct the position of the jaw for extreme overbites or underbites. The clear aligners system works best for teenagers and adults.

If you are looking for a teeth straightening solution that is effective and virtually invisible, make an appointment with our office. We can answer any questions you may have on your journey to a straighter smile.

Request an appointment here: https://www.northtampadentistry.com or call North Tampa Dentistry at (813) 430-0933 for an appointment in our Tampa office.

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