Adult orthodontics: Traditional braces vs Clear aligners
Clear aligners have become increasingly popular since it was first introduced to dentistry in the year 2000. Made of clear plastic trays that can be removed at any given time, it’s easy to see why over 3 million people worldwide have opted for this innovative orthodontic treatment. But are clear aligners really better than traditional braces?
What are the differences between braces and aligners?
Although traditional braces and clear aligners were both designed to straighten crooked and overcrowded teeth while improving your smile and appearance, there are very distinctive differences between the two forms of orthodontic treatment.
Dental braces consist of metal brackets and wires which are attached to your teeth and can only be removed by an orthodontist or trained dentist. Braces can correct even the most complicated issues in aligning the teeth. Even though braces are not aesthetically pleasing, it is functional and works faster at closing gaps and straightening the teeth than clear aligner treatment.
On the other hand, clear aligners are discrete and should ideally be worn for no less than 22 hours a day. Unlike traditional braces, they’re not fixed to your teeth so you are able to remove them whenever you want to eat or drink. You should remember to always brush your teeth after every meal before placing the clear aligners back into your mouth to avoid staining. Aligner treatment is extremely useful for aesthetic purposes and simple dental issues only. They’re an efficient method for tooth movements that are not too complicated because they lack the predictable “friction grip” that dental braces have. Wearing clear aligners offers comfort because it does not affect your speech.
Trusted orthodontic treatment for braces and clear aligners
Straightening your teeth is not something that should be taken lightly. It requires a lot of time, patience, and of course, money. The decision to invest in a beautiful smile and improved oral health should not be one that you make alone. When deciding between clear aligners and traditional braces, consult with an orthodontist who uses both. He or she will give you a full oral evaluation to determine which orthodontic treatment is best for you.
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