Aligners’ primary purpose is to straighten teeth using custom-fitting plastic that makes the process discreet, convenient, and easy. The known benefits of clear aligners are clear (no pun intended), but did you know that many customers experience other, unexpected benefits from aligner treatment, too?
Many people say they snack less often when they’re straightening their teeth with clear aligners. The simple action of removing the aligners to eat, and brushing before putting them back in after the snack, is enough to make customers think twice before dipping their hands into the candy bowl.
In a recent survey, 15% of SmileDirectClub customers who completed their plans said they weigh less than when they started. Turns out, stopping all that afternoon grazing really cuts the calories, too! On average, those customers say they lost a whopping 7 pounds throughout the course of wearing clear aligners.
More than half of SmileDirectClub customers surveyed report improved dental hygiene while wearing aligners compared to before they started. It’s always recommended that customers brush and floss before putting aligners in, even if it’s after a small snack, and visit their local dentists regularly. All that extra attention really seems to help. Plus, the straighter a customer’s smile gets, the more motivated they are to maintain it.
A number of Club members quit smoking while wearing aligners. We always recommend that customers remove their aligners before smoking and brush their teeth before putting aligners back in. Similar to snacking, the frequency of smoke breaks, and the subsequent brushing, is enough to encourage people to kick the habit – something many of them already wanted to do in the first place!
Because aligners wrap around the top and bottom teeth, it makes it very difficult to bite something. For this reason, many customers find themselves gradually dropping their nail-biting habit. Wearing aligners makes what used to be a mindless habit more prominent and helps Club members quit.
What other benefits have you experienced while wearing clear aligners? Or, if you’re getting ready to start your smile journey, which of these benefits makes you most excited? Let us know on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.