How to Choose Between Braces and Clear Aligners

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Deciding between braces and clear aligners is a choice that many people who want straighter teeth have to ponder. Now that there are more options for straightening one’s teeth, many people who are living with crooked teeth or bite problems are wanting to learn more about these options. Ready to learn more about the advantages and disadvantages that come with choosing braces or clear aligners?

About braces

While traditional braces are the most commonly chosen teeth straightening option for teenagers, many adults also choose to wear traditional braces. Braces straighten teeth by bonding brackets to the teeth and then running a wire through the brackets in order to apply pressure to the teeth. Strategic and regular adjustments are necessary in order to provide the needed steady pressure, making it necessary to visit the dental office about every six to eight weeks.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages of braces include their ability to correct a number of dental and/or facial problems, making them very versatile. There are a few different types of braces to choose from, including ceramic braces, which are less noticeable than metal braces.

Disadvantages of braces include how they look, as traditional braces are indeed noticeable. There is a need to avoid certain foods when wearing braces, as hard and sticky foods can potentially damage them. It is essential to thoroughly brush and floss one’s teeth in order to remove all food particles, which will take more time due to the need to maneuver around the brackets and wires.

About clear aligners

Clear aligners are a teeth-straightening option commonly chosen by those who are looking for a more discreet way to straighten their teeth. They are not attached to the teeth and instead are placed over the teeth to straighten them. Depending on each person’s particular situation will determine how many sets of clear aligners they will need to straighten their teeth. Each set is custom-made for every patient and is switched out about every three weeks or so, making it necessary to visit the dental office about every eight to 12 weeks.

Advantages and disadvantages

Advantages of clear aligners include the fact that they are comfortable to wear as they are made using a soft and safe plastic. They are clear in color, which means they are barely noticeable when being worn. They can be removed from the mouth for a couple of hours a day, making it easier to eat, brush and floss one’s teeth. They are easy to care for and therefore do not require a lot of extra time to do so.

Disadvantages of clear aligners include the need to be very disciplined as they need to be worn for at least 22 hours every day.

Ready to get started?

Now that you understand the advantages and disadvantages of each option, are braces or clear aligners the right choice for you? The decision is yours and should be based on how well each teeth straightening option will fit in with your particular lifestyle. If you have any questions for us, contact our office today.

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