When Aligners and Consistency Have a “Situationship”: Why Aligners Aren’t a Magic Bullet


Ah, the situationship. That confusing in-between zone where you’re not just friends but not exactly in a committed relationship either. While this term is usually thrown around in the realm of romance, did you know it also perfectly describes the relationship many people have with their dental aligners? Yep, you heard it here first!

You bought the aligners with the promise of achieving that million-dollar smile. But just like in a situationship, things can get complicated if you’re not willing to commit. Let’s delve into why aligners are not a magic bullet, and why consistency is your real BFF in your smile journey.

The Aligner Situationship: An All-Too-Common Love Story

You get your aligners, excited about a future full of pearly whites. For the first few days, you’re head over heels, wearing them every chance you get. Then, as the days roll on, you find yourself leaving them in their case more often than not. You rationalize, “Well, they’re still in my life, just… not on my teeth right now.” Sound familiar?

The Honeymoon Phase

When you first get your aligners, everything is rainbows and unicorns. You wear them religiously, and you even check your smile in the mirror every hour, hoping to see immediate results.

The Drift

But then, just like with that “sort of” significant other, the novelty wears off. You forget to wear them for a day, then two, then a week. You tell yourself, “It’s okay, they’ll understand.”

The Consequences of a Situationship: Delayed Results and More

Neglecting your aligners is not without ramifications. Just like how not defining the relationship can lead to confusion and heartbreak, not wearing your aligners for the prescribed length of time not only prolongs your treatment but may also compromise it!

  • Prolonged Treatment Time: Every hour your aligners spend off your teeth is an hour added to your treatment time.
  • Inconsistent Results: If you think you can cheat the system by wearing them only at night or during specific times, think again. The results can be unpredictable.
  • Possible Relapse: In extreme cases, you might have to start from scratch, just like having to relearn the “getting to know you” phase with your situationship partner.

The Magic Word is Consistency

So how do you break out of the aligner situationship and move towards a committed relationship? Be consistent.

  1. Stick to the Plan: Follow the advice of your dental professional and adhere to wearing them for the prescribed amount of time each day.
  2. Track Your Progress: Use an app or journal to note how often you’re wearing them.
  3. Be Realistic: Understand that results won’t come overnight, but they will come if you stick to the plan.


If you’re in a situationship with your aligners, it’s time for ‘The Talk.’ No, your aligners won’t magically fix your teeth if you’re not willing to commit. Remember, in the journey to a perfect smile, consistency is your committed partner, while your aligners are the means to celebrate that union. Say ‘I do’ to consistency, and you’ll avoid falling into an aligner situationship that you’ll regret.

So, are you ready to define the relationship with your aligners?