Clear aligners and braces are two of the most popular teeth straightening options available to patients with misaligned teeth. By understanding the differences between both options, you can make an informed decision as to which method is right for you.
Clear aligners vs. braces
Both clear aligners and braces have their advantages, and they both work well to straighten misaligned teeth and malocclusions. However, there are some key differences between the two. The following is a guide to choosing between clear aligners and braces.
Teeth straightening options
Although there are more than two teeth straightening options available, the two main options patients often have to choose from are clear aligners and braces. Braces are a method that cosmetic dentists have used for decades to help their patients straighten their teeth, and it involves using metal wires to pull the teeth into a straighter position.
Clear aligners - which are quickly becoming the go-to solution for many cosmetic dentists - are a more innovative approach to fixing misaligned teeth. Clear aligners are plastic devices that are placed over the surface of teeth, pulling them into a straighter position.
Benefits of clear aligners
Both braces and clear aligners are beneficial and effective when it comes to straightening teeth. However, clear aligners offer benefits that traditional metal braces simply cannot, including the following:
The biggest advantage clear aligners provide over braces - and the reason many patients ultimately decide on them - is the fact that they are essentially invisible to others while they are being worn. In addition, since they can easily be removed while eating, there are fewer diet restrictions with aligners. While each patient is different, the average length of time needed to wear clear aligners is often much shorter than with traditional braces.
Who should consider clear aligners?
Anyone who is insecure about their smile due to a misalignment of their teeth or a malocclusion can benefit from clear aligners. Also, they are perfect for people who would be embarrassed about wearing braces in public, as no one is likely to even notice you are wearing them.
Everyone deserves a smile that they love and feel confident showing when around other people, and fortunately clear aligners allow patients to straighten their teeth in a discrete manner without anyone else noticing. While braces may be the better option for patients with severe misalignments, clear aligners are the perfect solution for many who only need only a minor to moderate adjustment to the alignment of their teeth.
Find out more from a cosmetic dentist
Most cosmetic dentists can carry out the entire process of clear aligners, including the initial consultation, the entire treatment and follow-up care after the straightening. They can also help patients who are struggling over which option is best for them to make an informed decision.
If you are interested in learning more about clear aligners and how they can benefit you, contact our cosmetic dentist office and schedule a time to come in for a consultation.
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