Crooked teeth can rob you of your confidence, leaving you feeling too conscious even to smile wholeheartedly. Apart from the aesthetic drawbacks, misaligned teeth also make it very difficult to bite and chew food. A bad bite can apply a lot of unwanted forces on the teeth and jawbone, which leads to persistent pain in the jaws. Also, effective brushing and flossing of the teeth can't be performed, as microbes tend to get left behind, no matter how well you clean your teeth.
Hence, dentists always recommend their patients to get malocclusion treated at a younger age so that it doesn't take a toll on their oral health. Also, it is easier to move the teeth to the required positions when the patient is younger as the teeth quickly adapt to their new positions. Orthodontics is a specialized branch of dentistry that is solely dedicated to treating malocclusion. Lately, the advancements in the field of dentistry have allowed us to get our hands on clear aligners, ones that are aesthetically pleasing and functionally equivalent to conventional dental braces.
What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners are made from a transparent, dental-grade plastic material. They look quite similar to mouthguards and are worn throughout the day. This ensures that the walls of the aligners apply pressure on the teeth and move them as required.
Advantages of choosing clear aligners
- Clear aligners do not have any metal components such as wires or brackets, as in the case of dental braces. They drastically reduce the chances of getting oral injuries when you take a hard blow to the mouth.
- Clear aligners are made from dental-grade transparent plastic material that is biocompatible. This makes the aligners easy to wear without causing any oral infections.
- They are removable. Whenever you have to eat food, brush your teeth, attend a meeting, or any such necessity, clear aligners can be removed and worn again without hassle.
Schedule an online appointment or call us at (408) 578-0240 to have a consultation with Dr. Martinez, and we'll be happy to guide you further.