Clear aligners, including Invisalign, are a popular solution when it comes to straightening your teeth. Clear aligners are a great alternative for teens and adults who want to achieve a beautiful, healthy smile, but want to do so discreetly because they are virtually invisible. Another great thing about clear aligners (aside from being invisible), is that they do not require food restrictions and maintenance like traditional braces do. Overall, there are many great things about clear aligners, which you will soon learn as you continue reading.
How Do Clear Aligners Work?
Your orthodontist uses clear aligners that are custom-made to fit your teeth. They do not require wires, brackets, or rubber bands like traditional braces. Instead, the clear aligners work effectively to gradually shift your teeth into place. Every two weeks or so, you will throw away the old aligners, and use a newer, straighter set that will help your teeth gradually move into straighter positions.
Clear Aligners vs. Braces
While most orthodontic problems can be treated with braces, as they are the tried and true form of improving smiles, they do not have the same kind of benefits as clear aligners. For instance, braces are obviously more visible, as you can see the metal wires, brackets, and rubber bands. In addition, braces remain affixed to the teeth, while clear aligners are removable. This means that traditional braces have many food restrictions, while clear aligners do not. Braces are also known as being less comfortable than clear aligners, as there are many different elements to traditional braces. On the other hand, clear aligners do not have the many elements like wires, brackets, and rubber bands. With braces, they require more office visits because of maintenance, like adjusting and tightening wires and switching out rubber bands. But with clear aligners, there is much less maintenance, as aligners do not have those elements. Lastly, it is easier to maintain oral hygiene with clear aligners, as you are able to remove them before flossing and brushing. With braces, because they are affixed to the teeth, you have to be sure to carefully and thoroughly brush and floss.
Are Clear Aligners Right For Me?
To determine if clear aligners are an ideal solution for you, it is always best to schedule a consultation with a skilled orthodontist. At Rawle Orthodontics, our team will perform a comprehensive dental exam to see if clear aligners are right for you. For some patients with severe misalignment, braces may be a more ideal solution because the teeth may require more control. Whatever the case is, you should schedule a consultation to learn your options and details of each solution. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!