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Do Clear Aligners Hurt?

One question that we always get asked during a consultation is “do clear aligners hurt?”. No matter what treatment plan you choose to straighten your teeth, there is always a concern for the pain factor. While braces have been known to cause jaw ache due to the severity of the procedure, clear aligners aren’t as intrusive. 

In today’s article, we’re going to set the story straight. By giving you an in-depth look into our clear aligner treatments, and by comparing it to the traditional braces, you will gain a better understanding of what to expect if you decide that clear aligners are right for you.

What Are Clear Aligners?

The great thing about clear aligners is that they can straighten your teeth without braces. That’s right, this advanced technology uses your already-existing teeth formation to help us create several moulds that will gradually reposition them, leaving you with a straight and bright smile. 

They are essentially clear, almost-invisible removable trays that form around your teeth, leaving them securely in place. They’re known for their effective teeth realignment that can be done from the comforts of your home, making them highly convenient. 

They are completely bespoke and computerised to adjust your teeth and nobody else’s, and you will receive new aligners every two weeks. This is to ensure that the teeth are consistently being manipulated until eventually, your desired results are met.

So, Do Clear Aligners Hurt?

To put it bluntly, no they do not hurt. As stated above, these trays are custom designed for each individual client. There’s no one-size-fits-all, meaning it’s near-impossible for them to hurt. That being said, we also must remember that their primary function is to reconfigure your teeth, to make sure that any gaps or business is reduced dramatically.

Because of this, discomfort may be a possibility. Whether that feels like mild toothache or just a little tight at the beginning of every new treatment (every two weeks) as you’re not used to the new mould. However, what’s a little discomfort when you could be accomplishing your ideal smile?

Once your treatment plan has been confirmed, you can have full confidence that you’re about to start a teeth journey that’ll have them looking as you’ve always wanted them to. Depending on the severity of their condition, this can take up to 9 months. But please remember, once those months of waiting and potential minimal discomfort have been and gone, you will be left with lifelong confidence, healthy teeth, and a smile that you never imagined you could have.

What Are The Long Term Effects of Clear Aligners Compared to Braces?

We’ve touched on what you can expect from the long term results of clear aligners, but how does this compare to braces? With any procedure, long-term risks are always there but what most don’t speak about is that braces can lead to weakened teeth in the long run.

It has been scientifically proven that while braces take their effects on a person’s teeth once applied, this level of tooth movement can cause some of the bone in its path to dissolve. This loss of tooth root can then threaten the teeth’ stability, thus risking further movement or worse in the future. 

Clear aligners work around your already-formed frame, therefore this risk is minimised. Instead, you are met with strong, well-presented teeth that you can enjoy from the get-go. What’s more, the immediate effects of braces can result in you having to cut out certain foods, feeling pain, and to top it off, you are left with highly visible metal wires across your teeth, often secured in with rubber bands. While this is somewhat expected during adolescence, it’s not the ideal appearance that working professionals are longing for.

With clear aligners, it’s never too late to achieve your perfect smile. Their subtleness is what sets them apart from any other teeth straightening treatments. That’s why, with the help of our team of fantastic, experienced and qualified practitioners and your vision, we can work together to deliver you a smile that you won’t want to hide. Every single one of our treatment plans is custom-designed to meet the needs of each individual.

So, have we answered your question, “do clear aligners hurt?” We hope that this article helped assist you in making a decision on what treatment is right for you when attaining your dream smile. Here at Self Braces, we understand that everyone has their own perception of what makes great teeth.

Did you know that clear aligners have become one of the biggest markets for the dentistry industry? We understand that you only get one set of teeth, and these teeth can determine your confidence and self-esteem. That’s why we make it our mission to answer the question of “do clear aligners really work?” and deliver you with results that you didn’t think were possible. If you’d like further information on our treatments, or if you have any questions, get in touch with us today.

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