The 7 benefits of clear aligners

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Why go with clear aligners over braces?

So you finally decided to straighten your smile with Invisalign®, Smile Direct Club™, Even28 Clear Aligners® or some other clear aligner system. Congratulations! There’s no question that having straight teeth is awesome. And straightened your smile with clear aligners, even more awesome! But why choose clear aligners? Why not just go with braces? Well, there are plenty of benefits to clear aligner treatment. Let’s check out some of the reasons why more and more patients are choosing clear aligners over traditional braces:

(1) More comfortable to wear

Clear aligners are much more comfortable than braces. There’s always some level of pain and discomfort when your teeth start to move. After all, no pain means no tooth movement! Having said that, removable plastic is much less painful than permanent brackets and wires. You’re also not as likely to cut your cheeks, lips and tongue with aligners as you are with braces. This is not to say that wearing aligner treatment is completely painless. Still, clear aligner therapy is a much more pleasant experience as compared to braces.

(2) Less noticeable in your mouth

It’s hard not to notice someone with braces in their mouth. After all, those brackets and wires can be pretty hard to miss! On the other hand, clear aligners go unnoticed most of the times. You’d have to pay very close attention to realize that someone is wearing aligners in their mouth. This is one of the main reasons why most adults choose clear aligners over braces, especially those with an active lifestyle.

(3) The ability to remove clear aligners from your mouth

The ability to remove clear aligners is another major reason why most adults prefer clear aligners to braces. What do you think happens if you’re in the middle of clear aligner therapy and all of a sudden an important job interview, date or event comes up? Well, you simply skip wearing your clear aligners for a couple of hours and problem solved! Unfortunately, wearing braces doesn’t give you this option. Braces are basically stuck to your teeth for the duration of your orthodontic treatment and you can’t remove them.

(4) More hygienic than braces

It’s very easy to clean your teeth and gums if you’re wearing clear aligners. Simply remove your clear aligners and you’re all set to clean your teeth as you normally would. The same can not be said of braces. Brushing your teeth, especially at the gumlines, is very tough when wearing braces. Flossing your teeth is next to impossible. As a result, you’re more likely to develop dental cavities or gum disease with braces as compared to clear teeth aligners.

(5) No white spot lesions


Ever notice someone with a smile that looks like this? This phenomenon is referred to as white spot lesions. White spot lesions is a side-effect of braces. Basically, your brackets create a discoloration which causes an undesirable mismatch in teeth color. Unfortunately, fixing white spot lesions is very tough. This type of discoloration does not respond well to teeth whitening and typically requires extensive cosmetic dentistry to correct. The best way to avoid white spot lesions during brace treatment is to monitor your diet, minimize processed sugars and brush your teeth really well. On the opposite hand, clear aligner treatment has no risk of developing white spot lesions since there are no brackets involved.

(6) Increasingly comparable costs

Clear aligner treatment used to cost two to three times that of braces. Fortunately this is no longer the case. Clear aligner technology has become much more affordable as compared to 20 years ago when it was just introduced. As clear aligner treatment cost continues to drop, more and more patients are able to afford aligner therapy. Nowadays, the difference in treatment cost between clear aligners and braces is negligible. In fact, simpler orthodontic movements often times cost less to treat with clear aligners as opposed to with braces!

(7) More fun!

I know, fun is an objective term and we all have our own definition of what is fun. Still, most patients who undergo aligner therapy find that wearing aligners is actually kind of fun! Many miss not wearing their aligners after treatment is done. Plus, seeing your teeth move on a 3-D animation model before starting treatment is fun. Seeing your teeth move in person and watching your smile straighten week-after-week is even more fun. Finally, having a straight and beautiful smile in just a few months is the most fun!

Am I a good candidate for clear aligner treatment?

Most of you are probably ready to start your clear aligner treatment after having read this article! But before you get too excited about clear aligners, you need to make sure that you actually qualify for aligner therapy. After all, not every orthodontic condition can be treated with clear aligners. The most complicated of all orthodontic conditions still require traditional braces. To see if your orthodontic condition qualifies for clear aligner therapy, visit a dentist or orthodontist near you today. You can also take our clear aligner assessment quiz to see how likely you are to qualify for clear aligner therapy. Good luck with your smile journey and be sure to smile often once your grin is all nice and even!


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