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Braces vs. Clear Aligners?

Wednesday - October 21st, 2020

Both braces and clear aligners are great treatments options that will get you your desired results for a beautiful smile. Although they both straighten teeth and correct misaligned smiles, they use different forms of treatment for achieving results. Traditional braces use metal or ceramic brackets, wires, and rubber bands to shift the teeth into the desired position. They are not removable by the patient and require constant cleaning and monthly adjustments. With Clear aligners, the patient is provided sets of clear aligners that fit snugly over the teeth to gradually shift them into proper alignment. You can remove them for eating as well as cleaning, which makes the process much easier compared to traditional braces. Unlike traditional braces, clear aligners are thermoplastic and clear, so they’re far less noticeable, considerably more comfortable, and will most likely have a shorter treatment time. And since clear aligners are removed during meals – there are no limitations regarding the food you can eat during your aligner treatment. Are clear aligners right for you? While a very popular option because of the lifestyle advantages it offers – aligners aren’t for everyone. Aligners are a great option for adults, traditional braces may be a better option for your child since you can’t lose or take off braces.