Many adults have had metal braces at some point in their lives. While traditional metal braces are effective in correcting misalignment of teeth, they can be bothersome. If you're one of those who dread the idea of getting a "metal mouth," you can opt for an Asheville clear aligner instead. They provide the same function but with greater comfort.  

What You Must Know About Clear Aligners

How Do Aligners Work?

These aligners are made from a clear plastic or acrylic material that is placed tightly over the teeth.  

Unlike metal braces, they can be removed when eating, brushing, and flossing, making it a lot easier to clean your mouth compared to when you have metal braces. Additionally, wearing metal braces may make eating a bit difficult in the early weeks while your teeth adjust to the pressure brought about by the tightening of these metal wires.  

On the other hand, patients won't have to endure a terrible time eating with clear aligners since they are removable. However, you still have to visit your dentist regularly to get new aligners as your teeth continue to move and adjust.  

The effectiveness of aligners lies heavily on the diligence of its user in taking them out and putting them back in. They should be worn for roughly 20-22 hours per day and should really only be taken out as you eat or brush.

When Do I Need Clear Aligners?

Aligners aim to correct the formation of your teeth to enhance the quality of your smile. However, they are more than just for looks. Clear aligners can solve multiple issues, including:  

  • Misaligned teeth: This is when your teeth appear crooked.
  • Interdental gaps: Aligners close up spaces in between your teeth.
  • Open bites: This is when the upper and lower front teeth slant forward and don't meet each other when the mouth is shut.
  • Underbites: This is when the lower front teeth overlap with the upper front teeth.
  • Overbites: This is when the upper front teeth overlap with the lower front teeth.
  • Crowded Teeth: More common to young kids developing permanent teeth, this scenario is when there's not enough space in the mouth for new teeth to appear.  

Can I Get Clear Aligners?

Although they are more common with teens and young adults, anyone can get clear aligners to transform their smiles. Dentists suggest you get aligners at a younger age, if possible, to solve your dental issues early on. Those who do this later in their lives find that the process may slightly differ, especially when the individual is facing other dental problems.  

Ready to Get Started? Go to Asheville for Clear Aligners

If you need orthodontic treatment but want to avoid the discomfort of traditional metal braces, don't hesitate to visit us. At Cataloochee Dental Group, we strive to help you start showing off your smile again. Our team has the knowledge, experience, and skill to drastically improve your teeth through our orthodontic treatment. Give us a call today to schedule an appointment. Let’s get your dream smile!