You should note that while aligners may not fix all orthodontic issues, they can treat most cases. You should, therefore, have a conversation with the orthodontist about which option suits you best. But, in most cases, both options can work and so you can choose based on what best suits your needs. At Artistic Smiles, we will provide you with a teeth-straightening solution that suits you.
Clear Aligners or Braces?
Traditional metal braces are perhaps the better-known teeth-straightening treatment option.Braces consist of porcelain or metal brackets that are attached to teeth. The brackets are connected using rubber bands or metal wires which provide constant, but gentle, force to move your teeth into the right position.
Conversely, aligners like Invisalign are thin and clear plastic trays that are customized to fit the teeth of each patient. Aligners also use constant, gentle pressure to move teeth into the right positions.
Benefits of Clear Aligners
If you opt for a clear aligner, you’ll enjoy certain benefits that you can’t get with braces. Aligners don’t have wires or brackets that can loosen, and thus may require fewer repairs as well as visits to your orthodontist.
Besides, aligners are more discrete compared to braces, meaning most people won’t notice that you’re wearing them. Aligners will also not affect your diet because you can remove them when eating. With braces, eating some foods may be uncomfortable or difficult or may even cause breakages that may lead to more visits to the orthodontist for repairs and delayed treatment.
With aligners, it is easier to floss and brush because they are removable. And, wearing aligners is more comfortable compared to braces. Your cheeks and lips are less irritated because the plastic-made aligners are smoother compared to metal or ceramic braces. This may be especially important if you play contact sports.
Do Clear Aligners Fix Overbites?
Correcting overbites is one of the most common reasons people use clear aligners. Invisalign can successfully correct overbites that are mild or moderate. But, with severe overbites, traditional braces may be ideal.
Getting Teeth Alignment Treatment
To get your teeth aligned, you should first meet an orthodontist who will carry out an oral exam as well as take photos and x-rays of your mouth and head, and an impression of the teeth.
Traditional braces are adjusted, at least, every four weeks. The time frame of wearing braces can be between one and three years. But, your orthodontist will provide you with a more precise time frame once they’ve developed your treatment plan.
If you opt for aligners, your orthodontist will provide you with multiple sets. You'll wear each set for between one and three weeks. Patients are required to wear their aligners for 22 hours daily.
Which is the More Effective Option?
Braces are more effective when it comes to correcting severe overbites and overcrowding. Conversely, the treatment time frame for patients using aligners is shorter compared to those using conventional braces.
If you want a better smile but you don’t think metal braces will be ideal for your lifestyle, you should explore other options. Clear aligners can be an excellent solution for you. Call us at Artistic Smiles at (818) 930-5647 for a teeth-straightening solution that will transform your smile and life.