5 Reasons to Choose Clear Aligners When You Don't Like Your Smile

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Dr. Tom Meyer, Orthodontics - Invisalign - SureSmile Provider in Mount Prospect:
"They say that first impressions last a lifetime, and that’s especially true if you’re not very happy with your smile right off the bat. The orthodontic treatment you choose can make or break how people see you before they even get to know the real you. When you're always hiding your smile, and if you want to be treated with the respect and dignity you deserve, this blog article will provide you with more info, so you are better prepared to make decisions. Here are the main reasons why clear aligners are a great option if you don't like your smile right now."

1. Misaligned teeth will have a negative impact on your entire bite

Did you know that the almost-solid mineral makeup of your teeth makes them the hardest substance in your body? Our teeth can withstand about 5000 pounds of pressure per square inch! However, no matter how strong your teeth are are, they can still become weak over time depending on dental condition. When you have an uneven bite, your teeth will wear down faster and may be more susceptible to cavities. A misaligned tooth can not distribute its load evenly. When the pressure is carried on one of the edges, it could easily break or crack. Missing or cracked teeth can make your bite even more imbalanced.

Misaligned bites can also cause TemporoMandibular Joint (TMJ) symptoms, including an aching jaw, neck or ear pain, popping or clicking noises, migraines, and other discomfort. Proper alignment of your bite enhances tooth and jaw function, thus maximizing long-term oral health and comfort.

2. Pain, bleeding, or grinding teeth when chewing food is a sign something is wrong

If you are having trouble with chewing your food and you find yourself struggling more than usual, it is often a sign of an underlying issue.

The most common reasons that could cause chewing problems include:
• Misalignment of the bite
• Missing teeth
• Neglected cavities
• Needed root canals
• Wisdom teeth problems
• Periodontal (gum) disease
• Dentures that don’t fit properly

At any rate, please do not neglect these symptoms when they arise. When eating or speaking problems occur, visit your dentist to avoid bigger, and more expensive problems down the road.

3. Breaking teeth means your bite is not functioning properly

First things first: What to do when you break or fracture a tooth? When you live in the Mount Prospect area,  Meyer Dental Group can help.

In the mean time:
• Rinse your mouth with warm water
• Apply pressure on any bleeding areas
• Apply an icepack when there’s any swelling of the cheek
• Cover a broken teeth with your saliva
• Use over the counter medication when in pain

When you are breaking teeth while eating, speaking, or any normal activity, it means that your bite is not functioning the way it should, and it's time to see a dentist. Please don't wait. Waiting can only make things worse.

4. Clear aligners like Invisalign or SureSmile can fix big problems

When we think of orthodontic treatment, the look of straight teeth always come to mind first. But clear aligners can fix even bigger problems like:

• Overcrowded teeth
• Crooked teeth
• Overlapping teeth
• Gapped teeth
• Overbites
• Underbites
• Crossbites
• Open (spaced) bites
• Periodontal issues
• and TMJ disorders

Symptoms and signs of the dental problems above include: Biting lips, cheeks, or tongue, lisping, speech changes, chipping or wearing teeth, food traps, bad breath, difficulty flossing, jaw pain, and/or receding gums.

A proper aligned bite is simply essential to your oral health. Take action soon to avoid more dental damage. Your teeth (and your wallet) will be grateful in the long run.

5. Invisible braces can give you the smile you deserve

Clear aligners are for everyone, at any age. At Meyer Dental Group in Mount Prospect we provide effective orthodontic treatment based upon years of experience and personalized dental care.

We'd like to avoid guesswork and you will like that too! Experience straightening teeth more predictably. Enjoy the convenience of clear aligners (we provide both Invisalign® and SureSmile®) that are discreet and don't interrupt your life. See the remarkable difference when we track your progress at every appointment.

Our dedicated team at Meyer Dental Group can transform your smile with the most advanced clear aligner technologies. Custom solutions are available and built to last.

What is the difference between Invisalign® and SureSmile®?

Invisalign and SureSmile are both systems used to straighten teeth using clear aligners. However, there are some differences between the two systems:

INVISALIGN is a brand of clear aligners made by the company Align Technology. Invisalign aligners are made of a smooth, clear plastic material that is custom-made for each patient based on a digital scan or impression of their teeth. The aligners are worn over the teeth and gently move them into the desired position over time. Invisalign is a popular choice for adults and older teens who want a more discreet option for orthodontic treatment.

SURESMILE is a brand of clear aligners made by the company OraMetrix. Like Invisalign, SureSmile aligners are also custom-made for each patient based on a digital scan or impression of their teeth. However, SureSmile aligners use a combination of computer-aided design (CAD) and robotics to create precise, customized treatment plans and aligners. The aligners are designed to move the teeth in a more precise and efficient manner than traditional aligners, and may be able to achieve results in less time.

Overall, both Invisalign and SureSmile are effective options for straightening teeth using clear aligners, and the choice between the two may come down to individual preferences and factors such as cost and treatment time. It's important to discuss your options with a qualified orthodontist or dental provider to determine the best treatment plan for your specific needs.

Without a doubt, both providers offer an amazing product and can solve many orthodontic problems effectively. In the end, the choice between Invisalign and SureSmile is up to you.

Are clear aligners expensive?

Every orthodontic treatment is dependent on a variety of personalized factors. Therefore, there's no dentist or orthodontist in Mount Prospect who can provide an exact number in advance, without knowing your dental condition in detail.

Many dental insurance plans cover treatment the same way they cover braces. Your insurance may pay for a certain percentage of your orthodontic treatment, or it may pay for a fixed partition of the total dollar amount. Often there is a lifetime cap on the amount insurance will pay for orthodontics. Please contact your insurance company for exact information.

Who provides Invisalign and SureSmile clear aligners in Mount Prospect?

When you consider orthodontic treatment for yourself or a loved-one right now, make an appointment today at Meyer Dental Group to learn more!

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