- Published Date: 24 Sep 2021
- Updated Date: 24 Sep 2021
- Reading Time: 4 min
Have you been thinking about getting braces but aren’t into the idea of metal brackets sticking out of your teeth? Does that make you feel a bit self consciours? Well, that’s a valid point, and many people feel the same way.
But have you considered getting clear aligners? They can make your teeth straighter and more aligned without the fuss and without the harsh appearance of metal in your mouth at all times! Who doesn’t want straighter teeth without the hassle?!
Sound good to you? Keep reading to learn everything you should know before getting clear aligners for your teeth straightening needs!
Getting Clear Aligners May Hurt
When you think of braces, you may automatically think that that probably hurts to have metal on your teeth. And you’re not wrong. It’s not just the metal on your teeth, it’s the wires that move your teeth that make them hurt.
But even if you choose to get clear aligners, it’s probably still going to hurt because it is doing the same thing as braces, but without the harsh appearance. The different molds that you get will be aligning your teeth a little bit at a time. That’s how over time, your teeth get straighter.
You Have to Take Care of Your Teeth
If you choose to get clear aligners to get straight teeth, you need to make sure you are taking care of your teeth multiple times a day.
This doesn’t just mean brush your teeth twice a day. This means you should be brushing your teeth after every single meal before your put the braces back into your mouth. And if you can, you should also be rinsing with mouthwash.
Not only should you be taking care of your teeth, but you should also be washing your clear aligners to make sure there is no bacteria buildup on the braces. You can choose to use denture cleaner or brush them with warm water and toothpaste on a daily basis. Be aware that mouthwash can potentially stain your clear aligners, so be sure to ask your orthodontist before trying this!
Check With Your Insurance
If you have dental insurance, you may be familiar with the fact that while braces are partially covered by insurance, clear aligners may not be.
This all depends on your insurance. Some insurance companies claim that using clear aligners is a cosmetic treatment and therefore, will not cover your procedure or months with braces.
The good thing is that invisible braces are not too expensive and many places offer payment plans to make them more affordable for you.
You Need to Wear Them All of the Time
Because clear aligners are easily taken in and out of your mouth, it can be easy to only wear them for a few hours a day. If you want them to actually do what they are supposed to do, you cannot do this. You need to wear them for the majority of the day.
Basically, whenever you are not eating, your braces should be in your mouth. That’s the rule of thumb to follow.
Clear Aligners Can Easily Stain
If you are not careful, you can easily stain your clear aligners. If you are drinking any liquid other than water, you should take the aligners out to make sure they do not stain.
Think about it. If your very own teeth can stain by drinking red wine or coffee, the aligners and the materials they are made out of can also easily stain.
Even if you take out your aligners before every meal and every time you drink, you have to make sure that you brush and floss before putting them in. If you don’t, the bacteria and food or drink particles that remain on your teeth can also stain your aligners from the inside out.
Check the Price
Depending on the type of braces, there are different prices. Before you decide on a pair of braces to get for your teeth, make sure to check through the reviews and the types so you can decide on the best ones for you!
Reading reviews, checking the pros and cons, and what they do or how fast they work are great ways to see which will be best for you.
You’ll Never Feel Self Conscious About Your Braces in Public
We saved the best for last. When you think about braces, you probably think of some mean terms like “brace face” that ran rampant in our middle school careers.
The good thing about clear aligners is that there is no need to ever worry about what other people think. Why? Because they won’t even realize that you have braces!
You’ll be able to talk, socialize, smile, take photos, and go on dates as if you didn’t have any braces at all. And you may even feel more confident knowing that your smile is getting straighter every single day!
Time For Teeth Straightening
Are you ready to straighten your teeth so that when you smile you have the perfect teeth you’ve always wanted? Then it’s time to get clear aligners! You won’t regret it.
Get started by taking our assessment and we’ll have you on your way to straighter teeth in no time. We can’t wait to help you!
And once you get them, remember to follow all of the tips outlined above to make sure you get the straightest teeth you can get!