Oral care is not always fun. It’s a necessity, not necessarily a joy. Few people get excited about flossing, and fewer eagerly await their next dentist appointment. Oral care can also be expensive. It is popular to put off necessary care because of the price.

So – oral care isn’t fun and is expensive. It can be easy to sit back and willfully forget about oral care. However, you could miss out on one of the most significant, amazing changes you’ll ever see. Consider your smile. Sure, investing in aligners to straighten your teeth may feel like a burden. But is that a good reason to skip over a lifetime of beautiful smiles? Here are several reasons why aligners are worth the hassle.

1) Real results

First and foremost, aligners work. Whether you have a minor issue or more severe straightening problems, aligners will get the job done for most people. Imagine what you would subject yourself to if you knew the results were essentially guaranteed! After as little as months of inconveniences – that you’ll get more accustomed to over time, anyway – your teeth will help you look like a brand-new person. It’s like entering the lottery with a near-certain chance of winning. And given what invisible aligners cost, what do you have to lose?

2) Aesthetics, comfort and discretion

If you look in the mirror every morning and wish you had a straighter smile, it may be time to get aligners. Smiles are commonplace in almost every social situation; if you’re self-conscious, there’s no escaping that reality. If you genuinely do not care about smile aesthetics, then aligners maybe aren’t worth the hassle. But if you’re trying to convince yourself you don’t care, there may be a problem. It may not be wise to brush off what you really want simply because you don’t want to deal with the inconvenience of fixing it.

Additionally, you may have concerns about comfort. Rest assured – aligners are specifically fitted to your teeth with advanced technology. They are designed to be worn comfortably. If they are uncomfortable, get a new fitting. The vast majority of users pop their aligners in and barely notice anything has changed, especially after getting used to the sensation.

Finally, aligners overcome issues with social anxiety. If you avoided braces because you didn’t want people to see them, aligners are a perfect solution for you. Most aligners are made of clear plastic and are virtually invisible in social situations.

3) Convenience

You can’t remove braces. They are fused to your teeth and can only be removed or adjusted by a professional. Aligners provide far more convenience. While you typically wear them up to 22 hours per day, you can remove them at will. In most cases, fresh sets arrive in the mail. In terms of time saved, it doesn’t get much better than that. No need for a monthly visit to the orthodontist to get your braces tightened. The entire aligner process occurs within the confines of your daily life and routine.

4) Improved oral health

Aligners do more than straighten your teeth. They also move your jaw and improve the overall structure of your entire mouth. This has a domino effect on your oral health. A properly aligned jaw means your teeth face fewer chipping risks and will be set more firmly in your gums, protecting you against irritation and gum disease.

Caring for your aligners also takes some extra work when it comes to your oral health care routine. This added effort, while inconvenient at first, will ultimately help improve all aspects of your oral health regimen.

Bottom line

The reality is that aligners aren’t a hassle when considering the benefits they confer. For as little as 6 months, there will be minor daily changes associated with your aligners. But many would argue that’s a small price to pay for a lifetime of beautiful smiles.