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Five ways invisible aligners change teenagers’ lives for the better

Posted by Dr. Mark Mann

Mar 19, 2013 9:16:00 AM

invisible alignersThey have only been around for about 15 years, but already teenagers everywhere are texting and tweeting their praises.

Sure, parents know that dentistry has evolved—it’s faster, more effective and less expensive than it used to be. But now teens are catching on. Here are five surprising ways these fantastic, relatively new inventions, are changing teenagers’ lives for the better:

Less between-meal snacking food stuck in braces.

We’ve all seen it—the green globs of broccoli, the gooey chunks of cheese dangling between shiny steel wires and brackets. It happens in the lunchroom at school, on the bus and in a meeting room at work. It’s uncomfortable for the person who sees it and embarrassing for the person with braces.

And now, thanks to these clear aligners, it’s a thing of the past.

The clear plastic trays fit snuggly against your teeth, preventing food from becoming caught in your teeth, and saving you the embarrassment of finding it long after you tried enjoying it with your meal the first time.  

Nobody has to know your wearing aligners, but everyone will notice

Unlike braces, these clear aligners are, well, nearly invisible. That means many people will never know you’re wearing them, but everyone will notice your fabulous new smile once you finish your treatment and flash your brand new smile featuring perfectly straight teeth. Think it’s not true?

There’s no pain, but plenty of gain with aligners

Let’s be real, braces look like they hurt—the rigid metal affixed to the teeth, the seemingly inflexible wires holding everything together. The truth is, they do hurt. It hurts to have them placed. It hurts to have them adjusted. And it hurts to have them removed. Braces just plain hurt.

these invisible trayss are virtually painless. Here’s why:

·    There’s no metal with sharp edges involved. They are made of smooth plastic.
·    The comfortable plastic trays gently move your teeth into their proper position gradually, over time. No painful adjustments necessary!
·    There’s no glue to scrape off your teeth. Once the treatment is complete, and your teeth are perfectly straight, you just take out the trays and … smile!

Flossing is easier

Flossing with braces on your teeth is difficult. It requires exceptional hand-eye coordination, the ability to weave the floss up and over and down and under the braces time and time again, and a lot of patience.

With aligners,flossing is easy at 1, 2, 3:

1)    Pop out your trays
2)    Floss as you normally would
3)    Smile

The future looks white with invisible aligners

You know those yellow stains that appear on people’s teeth after they have their braces removed? Those don’t happen with invisible aligners. That’s because it’s easier for people to brush their teeth; there’s no steel blocking the brush’s bristles. In fact, there’s nothing impeding the toothbrush from doing its job. So once the treatment is over, you’ll have straight, white teeth.

Being a teenager is tough enough without being forced to endure the pain, frustration and embarrassment that come with braces. Don’t you think every kid with crooked teeth deserves invisible aligners?

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