If you’re thinking of getting your teeth straightened with orthodontic treatment, you might be confused between choosing traditional braces and clear aligners. After all, both treatment options are time-tested and are effective in treating different tooth alignment issues.
So, how to choose between braces and aligners? It all depends on your preferences, treatment needs, and your budget. So, let’s compare these treatment options so that you can make an informed decision regarding your orthodontic treatment.
If facial esthetics and smile are your primary concern, you should use clear aligners. Why? Because clear aligners are made of a transparent polymer that makes them virtually invisible when you wear them. As a result, they won’t affect your smile during treatment. On the other hand, traditional metal braces are highly conspicuous. That is why many esthetics-conscious patients avoid them for orthodontic treatment.
Braces wearers often complain of tooth pain and discomfort, especially after tightening. This problem has been eliminated with clear aligners as they cause minimal toothache, which remains consistent throughout the treatment duration.
Removable clear aligners are an excellent option for correcting mild to moderate orthodontic issues. However, traditional braces are a superior option for more complicated problems requiring complex tooth movements like rotations. Our dentists at Royal Dental will suggest you the best choice for your treatment after a thorough clinical examination and treatment planning.
Dentists ask braces wearers to avoid hard and sticky foods as they cause their brackets to dislodge. Besides, braces wearers should also avoid fizzy drinks as they can damage the bond between the brackets and the teeth, causing the brackets to fall off. Hence, orthodontic treatment with braces comes with certain dietary limitations.
On the other hand, there are no dietary restrictions with clear aligners. Why? Because you can simply remove them while eating or drinking. Afterward, you can simply put your aligners back on after rinsing them in lukewarm water.
Individuals who wear braces often find it challenging to keep their teeth brackets optimally clean. This is because food particles stick to the brackets and around the orthodontic wires. To further complicate things, the bristles of a toothbrush cannot penetrate the interdental spaces as the brackets, and the wire creates a physical obstruction. As a result, braces wearers are often at a higher risk of developing dental problems like tooth decay, bad breath, and gum disease.
On the other hand, clear aligners allow for optimal oral hygiene maintenance. This is because they are removable, and you can easily remove them while brushing and flossing. So, you can expect lesser dental complications during treatment.
When it comes to the treatment cost, both these treatment options generally cost the same. However, Our dentists at Royal Dental will give you an estimate of your treatment costs after a careful examination.
Generally, mild to moderate orthodontic problems can be treated with braces and aligners within 6-8 months. However, more complicated issues may take 24-36 months. It must also be noted that treatment duration with aligners can be prolonged significantly if patient compliance is not optimal. For example, if you don’t wear your aligners for the prescribed time each day, you won’t get the desired results, and your treatment will be prolonged, which will also increase the treatment costs.
Both braces and aligners are reliable options for teeth straightening. However, if you want comfort, convenience, and superior facial esthetics, you should consider clear aligners. On the other hand, if you focus more on treatment reliability and effectiveness, traditional braces may be a better option. Our dentists at Royal Dental are there to guide you and help you choose a treatment option that best suits your treatment needs. So, book an appointment with us today and let us give you a smile you genuinely deserve.