Aligners are a popular and convenient alternative to traditional braces, but some patients may have concerns about using them. As an orthodontist, it’s important to address these concerns and provide your patients with accurate and helpful information.
Here are some of the most common patient concerns about aligners and how to address them:
Will they be uncomfortable?
Many patients are concerned that aligners will be uncomfortable to wear. While aligners may take some time to get used to, most patients find that they are comfortable and easy to wear.
Make sure to explain to your patients that aligners are custom-made to fit their teeth and are designed to be as comfortable as possible.
Will they affect speech?
Some patients worry that aligners will affect their speech or make it difficult to talk. While there may be an adjustment period when first using aligners, most patients find that they do not affect their speech.
Explain to your patients that it may take a few days to get used to talking with aligners, but that their speech will return to normal.
How often do they need to be worn?
Patients may be concerned about the frequency of aligner wear. Make sure to explain to your patients that aligners should be worn for at least 20-22 hours a day for best results.
Patients should only remove their aligners when eating or brushing their teeth.
Will they need to change their diet?
Patients may be concerned about the types of foods they can eat while wearing aligners. Explain to your patients that they can eat most foods while wearing aligners, but should avoid hard, sticky, or sugary foods that can damage their aligners or cause tooth decay.
Will they affect oral hygiene?
Patients may worry that aligners will affect their oral hygiene routine. Explain to your patients that aligners should be removed before brushing and flossing and that they should continue to brush and floss regularly to maintain good oral hygiene.
Will they be visible?
One of the biggest advantages of aligners is that they are virtually invisible. Patients may still be concerned about their aligners being visible.
Explain to your patients that aligners are made from clear, comfortable plastic and are designed to be virtually invisible when worn.
In conclusion, addressing common patient concerns about aligners is an important part of providing quality care to your patients.
By providing accurate and helpful information, you can help your patients make an informed decision about their orthodontic treatment and ensure that they have a positive experience with aligners.