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Things you should know before getting clear aligners

With the current surge in clear aligner brands and the way they have been promoted across various mediums, it has been often assumed that clear aligner therapy is as easy as getting a pair of glasses. People, who have had apprehensions about getting orthodontic treatment before, suddenly have no issues ordering clear aligners online without any dental consultation. The problem is orthodontic treatment is not as easy as it may appear as it will affect your bite, long term health of your teeth and gums. From children, who want their buck teeth fixed, to adults, who have had crooked teeth all their lives, are taking a chance on the DIY Orthodontic self treatment bandwagon without a doctor overseeing their treatment. Is this a good trend? Not at all. There are many factors that you need to consider before deciding to undergo clear aligner therapy - and we suggest always having an in-person orthodontist or dentist. .

Identify whether you are a candidate

So you have decided to get clear aligners to straighten your teeth, but to be a candidate for clear aligner therapy, you need to meet certain criteria. Clear aligners are effective for correcting crooked teeth, crowded teeth, overlapping teeth, different malocclusions, such as overbite, open bite, underbite and crossbite. However, clear aligner therapy may not be able to address severe and complex dental issues that require extensive orthodontic care. If you have orthodontic issues that do not fall under any of the above-mentioned issues, talk to your local orthodontist or dentist to get the correct diagnosis and suggested treatment.

They are invisible and removable

People opt for clear aligners because they are nearly invisible and offer a discreet orthodontic experience as opposed to braces. However, many still wonder about the invisibility claim. Clear aligners are less noticeable visible to those around you. OrthoFX custom-made aligners are removable, hence, maintaining oral hygiene while undergoing orthodontic treatment is much easier.

Convenient - But there are a few rules. 

While braces are affixed to the teeth and cannot be removed until the treatment is over, clear aligners need to be removed and replaced every two weeks for them to function properly. They are removable so the wearers may tend to remove them multiple times a day. However, these aligners need to be on the teeth the whole day for them to gently push and shift your teeth over time. You need to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours a day, which means your eating and brushing time needs to be limited to just 2 hours a day. This is one of the reasons why they are better suited for adults and teenagers than young children.

Clear aligners are comfortable and affordable

Unlike braces, clear aligners are easy to maintain with brushing/flossing and comfortable to wear. Once you get used to them, it may feel like you're wearing nothing at all on your teeth. As there are no physical wires or brackets, the chances of getting nicks or cuts are minimal.  They are smooth and can improve your oral health while you are undergoing the treatment due to increased brushing and better tooth positions throughout treatment.

When compared to orthodontic treatments using braces, clear aligner therapy, especially with well-known brands such as OrthoFX, are faster and provide you with better smiles. OrthoFX even comes backed with the best treatment guarantee among other clear aligner brands. Many doctors also provide built-in virtual consultations and remote digital monitoring. Unlike common perception, clear aligners can be affordable depending on your monthly budget. It is a good investment as you are getting expert orthodontic treatment that uses cutting-edge technology in return. OrthoFX is a clear aligner company that provides a complete doctor-driven experience. If you are identified as a good candidate for clear aligner treatment, you will get your customized aligners delivered to doorsteps once they are ready.

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