Your smile can say a lot about you and it is one of the first things that people will look at when meeting you for the first time. Unfortunately, there are many reasons why you may not be happy with your smile, whether you suffer from misaligned teeth, have had a sporting accident or simply chose to avoid getting braces as a teenager when you probably should have.
It doesn’t matter what other people think – it is your smile and If you are unhappy with it then this can really affect your confidence and self-esteem. Luckily, numerous in-clinic aligners are now available, such as Invisalign®, that can help you achieve a straighter smile that you’ll adore – something that we are proud to offer at Yew Tree Dental Care and Implant Centre.
Recently, at-home aligners have become increasingly popular, something which we partly attribute to COVID-19. A lot of these aligners promise a discreet and easy way of straightening your teeth from home – but are they all they’re cracked up to be? Should you opt for dental impressions or one of these at-home kits? Find out what our experts at Yew Tree Dental think below.
At-home dental aligner kits may seem like a great idea at first. They are convenient and easy to use, often being delivered directly to your door. Using the kit is usually simple, too, with most requiring you to take moulds of your teeth (in a similar fashion to the gum shields that you probably used as a teenager) to send back to the provider. Once your impressions have been reviewed, you will receive a set of aligners in the post that you are required to wear to realign your teeth.
Despite what these products may promise, we truly believe that you should always visit a professional dentist for a consultation. Your smile is important, and choosing the wrong type of orthodontic treatment could cause permanent damage to your teeth.
When you visit a professional dentist, like one of our team at Yew Tree Dental, you can be confident knowing that your smile is in expert hands. Clinics like ours have access to the most advanced technologies and are able to create more detailed and accurate impressions of your teeth, in most cases also providing you with a 3D scan.
At Yew Tree, we choose to provide the majority of our patients seeking aligners with Invisalign®, a leading brand in clear aligners that are more comfortable and less invasive than the traditional metal braces we have all come to dread. Each Invisalign® aligner is custom made for each individual, so you know you are receiving bespoke care for you and your teeth.
In-Clinic Vs At-Home Aligners
There are numerous advantages of having your teeth straightened or aligned by a dental expert. First and foremost, by consulting a professional you will be given bespoke advice that you can trust so you know the treatment you are getting is right for you and your smile. Furthermore, a dental expert will regularly check up with you to ensure your treatment is going as planned. With at-home aligners, you have no expert advice to fall back on and, in most cases, you are only provided with a customer service number – something which can be nerve-racking.
Furthermore, when you visit us at the clinic we will take impressions of your teeth safely and professionally using our 3D scanning technology. This means that your aligners will fit perfectly within your mouth to help you achieve the best results possible. At-home kits, on the other hand, are often plagued with inaccuracies and we know of many cases where people have to send their aligners back as they do not fit their mouths properly.
The aligners that you will find at places such as Yew Tree Dental will be of a much higher quality than those at-home aligner kits. Although in some cases our products may be more expensive, they will save you time, provide you with more effective results and remove the risk of costly and irreversible damage to your teeth. Teeth aligners are an investment in your health and wellbeing, and your body deserves the best.
Yew Tree Dental
Yew Tree Dental has been in operation for the past 60 years. In that time our family-run practice has gained renown for providing an extremely high standard of dental care and employing a patient-friendly approach to all of our work.