|Clear Aligners vs Traditional Braces
Corpus Christi, TX
How your teeth look can be a major determining factor in your confidence. Everyone wants a beautiful, perfect smile, but that is not always easy when teeth are misaligned or need maintenance. Because of this, many children and adults seek orthodontic help to achieve that perfect smile through using either braces or Invisalign clear aligners.
According to the American Association of Orthodontists, you should take your child to an orthodontist at around seven years of age. There is no embarrassment in it, either, since over four million Americans wear braces, with 25% of them being adults. Whether it is through clear aligners or traditional braces, at Star Orthodontics we can offer you all the help you need.
What Are Braces and Clear Aligners?
Everyone has heard of braces, but perhaps they are not sure exactly how they work. Braces are made up of metal pieces with stainless steel wires that are fixed to your teeth, and the pieces and wires are held together by rubber bands. Braces are the most effective option for straightening your teeth, moving them with slight force to fit in their correct position. As for aligners, they are separate plastic pieces that you can put in your mouth and take out with ease. The aligners are designed to match the shape of your teeth, and the separations help fix your teeth correctly in place.
How To Get Braces or Aligners
The processes of getting braces and aligners are quite different. Both of them involve a visit to see our team of orthodontists. Your teeth will get scanned and tested to have the correct shape and size of aligner or braces for you. We will also determine if you are suitable for getting aligners or not. For braces, patients usually wear them from as little as five months to as long as three years. While aligners typically take a shorter time, about a year or a little more. However, aligners must be worn for at least 22 hours a day. Keep in mind that a retainer must be worn for some time after both braces and aligners.
Advantages and Disadvantages of Aligners and Braces
Braces and clear aligners have many benefits and downsides. With braces, all patients are suitable since there are no teeth that braces cannot fix. Not only do braces simply do better work with severe cases of misalignment, but they are also relatively cheaper. While some people actually like the look of braces, especially at a young age, many would prefer not to have them. Moreover, braces can be slightly painful, and they take some time to get used to, especially with the difficulty of brushing teeth and eating. As for clear aligners, they are more forgiving when it comes to appearance, since they simply look like a clear coating on your teeth. Removability makes it easier to eat and brush your teeth, and you do not need to schedule several visits to our orthodontist as you do with braces. However, aligners are less effective with severe cases, and they tend to be more expensive. Overall, if you are looking for the best option to straighten or treat your teeth, both braces and clear aligners are ideal choices for you and your liking.
To learn more about braces, aligners, retainers, and how to get them, feel free to contact us here at Star Orthodontics at 361-371-8555.