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Dental Implants: A Guide for Seniors

If you are a senior considering dental implants, you may have to worry about issues other dental patients don't have to think about. For example, you may need more time to recover after receiving your implants. My name is Jodi, and I've been working with seniors for years. I decided to create this blog to help the seniors I can't meet in person. In this space, I'm going to post entries on everything related to dental implants and seniors. From tips on flossing implants after arthritis has claimed some of your dexterity, to guiding you through the implants-vs-dentures debate, this blog is designed for you. Thanks for reading. I hope you find what you need!



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The Pros and Cons of Clear Teeth Straightening Devices

by Jimmy Carter

If you're interested in a straighter smile, you might have wondered about Invisalign, Clear Correct, or one of the other clear teeth straightening devices. Whilst these devices can be a highly effective way to straighten the teeth, it's not all pros. There are also some cons that bear consideration before you make the decision to get one of these teeth straighteners. Here's what you need to consider — both the benefits and the drawbacks. 

Pro: Invisible Teeth Straightening

Perhaps the best known advantage of clear teeth straightening systems is their invisibility. Whilst wearing Invisalign, Clear Correct, or one of the other similar systems, your teeth are completely visible through the clear plastic aligners. Because the aligners are custom fitted for your teeth and are quite thin, they're unobtrusive and many people won't even realise that you're straightening your teeth. 

Con: Less Straightening Power 

Many orthodontists recommend traditional metal braces rather than a clear aligner system if a patient needs help with severe teeth misalignment. The clear aligners, whilst able to correct problems like overbite, underbite, and open bite, is generally only suited for mild to moderate instances of these issues. Metal braces are better able to correct the more serious issues that extend into the deep teeth roots and the jaw bone.

Pro: The Comfort Level

When it comes to comfort whilst straightening your teeth, you can't hope for better than a clear aligner system. You'll never have to deal with the pain of tightening brackets and wires like you would with traditional metal braces. Whilst it's possible that you might feel some very mild discomfort when you change your aligners out for tighter ones every two weeks, it's generally very short lived. 

Con: Personal Discipline Is Required

If you prefer the type of teeth straightening that you never have to really think about much, a clear straightening system might not be right for you. With metal braces, you'll have the braces on around the clock — they're removable only by your orthodontist. With systems like Invisalign and Clear Correct, you'll remove the aligners multiple times each day for eating and for oral hygiene.

Whilst you're meant to wear the aligners 22 hours a day, the fact that you remove them frequently can mean that it's easy to forget to place them back in the mouth. It's also easy to accidentally toss the aligners in the rubbish bin if you wrap them in a napkin whilst eating — you'll need to be quite strict about using a case just for the aligners and replacing them in your mouth straight away after you eat or brush. 

Ready to make a decision about clear teeth straightening? Contact your local orthodontist today to start your journey to a straighter smile!