The Benefits of Clear Aligners
Unlike metal braces, clear plastic aligners closely fit a user’s teeth and are nearly invisible from a distance. A discreet style is one of the main reasons many people choose transparent aligners over braces.
Clear aligners fit flush against teeth and don’t cause the cuts or discomfort that braces can. While wearers do experience some discomfort with teeth repositioning, the inside of the mouth is largely spared pain with Str8 Oral Care.
Ease of Brushing and Flossing
With clear aligners, users simply remove the mouthpiece, brush and floss normally. No need for a lengthy and challenging dental care process as with traditional braces.
No Danger With Hard or Chewy Foods
Braces wearers should avoid hard and chewy foods, including nuts, popcorn, and bagels, to prevent damage or irritation. But because people with aligners must remove them before eating, they don’t have to avoid them!
The Drawbacks of Clear Aligners
Must Remove to Eat
Patients may drink water when wearing Str8 trays but should remove them whenever eating or drinking anything other than water. The plastic is soft and easily damaged by food. Additionally, the clear plastic stains easily and warps with heat, so users should remove the aligners when drinking hot or colorful beverages.
People must wear the Str8 aligner at least 20 to 22 hours daily. Wearing them less often may slow progress or even harm the final results. Because it’s easy to take them out, only people who are disciplined enough to wear them the required number of hours each day should opt for clear aligners. Another concern, especially for kids, is losing aligners, which costs more money and extends treatment time.
The Bottom Line
Clear aligners are attractive and comfortable teeth-straightening strategies, but they do come with some self discipline and compliance on YOUR part to activate your smile.