You may have heard of night time aligners, they are used primarily to help straighten teeth as we sleep and are usually kept on for around 10 hours of the day until we get up to do our daily business. Often daily aligners are worn for 20-22 hours a day. Whilst it might seem convenient to only wear them at night, it doesn’t necessarily mean it is the best option for the optimum results for your smile.
The benefits of night time aligners are in the few, as there is no real evidence to support that these aligners truly offer the best benefits for its patients. Firstly, wearing the aligner for only 10 hours a night is not the recommended amount of time and it can become more of a hindrance than help when wanting to begin your straighter teeth journey. If they are worn for less hours of the day, the number of issues that could arise become a problem and that is why our professional team do not offer this service.
They aren’t worn long enough
– when we wear regular aligners, they are kept on for most of the day which gives the teeth time to move and very little time to move back into their original place. So if you are minimizing the amount of time you have the aligners on, there is more chance of your teeth slowly going back into place before they should. They can shift back which means that you are only hindering the chance and not creating any positive benefits.
They don’t stop the impact of contact between top and bottom teeth
– wearing night time aligners means that you are only getting the treatment in that time, so during the day when you are eating and your bottom and top set of teeth are in contact, you are not benefiting yourself at all.
If they do shift, you may need more treatment
– if you only use your night time aligners then you may find that you are actually shifting your teeth into an undesired direction which could lead to bone loss or damage over time, which is very serious and not beneficial to your dental health.
There is no proof they work
– there is no scientific evidence to back up the claims that these aligners are great and work effectively but rather they are a way to conceal the look of aligners during the day and minimize any issues during the day time but this is not helpful to your teeth.
We like to offer our patients only the very best in dental care and cosmetic dentistry is something we take pride in, we appreciate a healthy smile will bring confidence. However getting your teeth straight and healthy has to be done the best way possible to ensure that you are not damaging your teeth or hindering the changes. Therefore, Night time aligners are not preferable and we believe in offering different methods to give you that bright smile you have always dreamed of.