Aligner straightening trays are a solution for straightening crooked teeth and fixing issues regarding dental alignment and spacing. While clear aligners are a popular alternative to traditional braces and they are effective for a wide variety of people, they are not the right option for everyone. The following groups will benefit the most from using aligner straightening trays.
One of the major benefits of clear aligners is their invisibility compared to traditional metal braces, making them an appealing option for teenagers and adults who may feel self-conscious about wearing braces in social settings. Clear aligners are discreet, easy to care for, and do not interfere with your daily routine, other than having to take them out during meals. With that being said, aligner straightening trays need to be worn for at least 22 hours per day for the entire duration of treatment in order to be effective, and it is highly important to remove them every time you are going to eat or drink anything other than water. As a result, these orthodontic appliances may not be a good option for younger children who cannot be counted on to stick to the schedule and rules required for successful treatment. Clear aligners are also probably not a good choice if you are very forgetful, or if your job or schedule would make it difficult to wear your aligners for the required timeframe.
Aligner straightening trays can fix a number of dental issues including crooked teeth, small gaps between teeth, overcrowding, open bites, and mild overbites and underbites. However, if you have more severe alignment and spacing issues, clear aligners may not be a good option. For instance, someone with a severe overbite or underbite, crossbite, large gaps between their teeth, or severely rotated teeth would do better with traditional braces or other orthodontic appliances like headgear. Additionally, aligner trays are not able to correct cosmetic concerns unrelated to alignment or spacing, such as teeth that do not match in size or shape, chipped teeth, or discolored teeth. If you think aligner straightening trays would work for your needs, call our office today.