4 Questions to help you decide if you qualify for clear aligners
CLEAR ALIGNERS OR BRACES?
Clear Aligner Assessment Quiz
Are you looking to straighten your smile? Then chances are that you're trying to decide between clear aligners or braces. Clear aligners are a more modern alternative to braces. More and more people are choosing clear aligner over braces nowadays. This is because clear aligners are more comfortable and less visible as compared to braces. Plus, you can remove your clear aligners to eat or clean your teeth. Braces hurt more, cause more bruising and can never be removed by yourself. But before you get too excited about clear aligners, you need to make sure that you're a good candidate for wearing them. After all, not everyone is a good candidate for wearing clear aligners. Take the following quiz to see how likely you are to qualify for clear aligners over traditional braces:
Our clear aligner quiz helps your determine how likely you are to qualify for clear aligner treatment over traditional braces. Once you take our quiz, you'll be given a percentage of how likely you are to qualify for clear aligner treatment. The higher your percentage, the more likely you are to be a good candidate for clear aligner therapy. Let's take a look at each question to better understand what makes you a candidate for clear aligner treatment:
Questions 1 - Your underlying Orthodontic Condition
The most important criteria in deciding whether or not you qualify for clear aligners is your underlying orthodontic condition. Certain orthodontic conditions are easily fixed with clear aligners while others can only be fixed with braces. Let's discuss these different orthodontic conditions to see which ones are good candidates for clear aligner therapy and which ones are not:
Gap teeth (spacing) - Gap teeth is when there are spaces between your teeth. Fixing gap teeth is really where clear braces shine the most. Clear aligners can close almost all gap teeth with relative ease and comfort. Plus, most gap teeth conditions can be fixed in just a few easy months using clear aligners. To learn more about closing gap teeth with clear aligners, click here.
Crowded teeth - Straightening your crowded teeth is another place where clear aligners are very effective. If all you need is to straighten a couple of teeth then you're very likely to qualify for clear aligner treatment. Keep in mind, teeth crowding combined with other underlying orthodontic conditions, such as an overbite, underbite, etc. can complicate treatment. However, teeth crowding in the absence of any other orthodontic condition is usually a perfect candidate for clear aligner therapy. To learn more about fixing your crowded teeth, click here.
Overbite - An overbite is when your upper front teeth are positioned too far out in front of the lower ones. Having a large overbite gives you a buck teeth appearance. The good news is that clear aligners can fix most mild to moderate overbite conditions. The smallest overbites can be fixed using at home clear aligners. Mediocre overbites require dentist involvement in order to create additional space for tooth movement. To learn more about fixing overbites, click here.
Underbite - An underbite is whenever your lower front teeth stick out in front of the upper ones. This is the exact opposite of how your front teeth are supposed to sit. Underbite is typically the result of an oversized lower jaw. Unfortunately, fixing an underbite is very difficult and clear aligners usually don't help. Fixing an underbite requires braces, often times in association with tooth extraction, head gear or even jaw surgery. To learn more about fixing your underbite condition, click here.
Crossbite - A crossbite occurs whenever your top back teeth sit on the outside of your lower back teeth. This is the exact opposite of how your back teeth are supposed to sit. Again, clear aligners are not very effective at correcting crossbite conditions. Fixing crossbites typically requires braces, sometimes in addition to head gears or even jaw surgery. To learn more about fixing your crossbite, click here.
Open bite - An open bite is when you close your mouth and a gap remains between your front teeth. Normally, there's not supposed to be any gap when you close your mouth and your front teeth are supposed to overlap on the lower ones. Most open bites result from childhood thumb sucking or tongue thrusting. So can you fix an open bite with clear aligners? Some open bite cases qualify for clear aligner treatment. It's recommended to fix open bites with direct dentist supervision to make sure everything goes as planned. Advanced open bite conditions can not be fixed with clear aligners and require braces instead. To learn more about fixing open bites, click here.
Orthodontic relapse - You're much more likely to qualify for clear aligner treatment if you had braces or aligners in the past. This is because your teeth are already used to moving and respond more easily to clear aligner treatment. Orthodontic relapse cases are often times great candidates for clear aligner therapy. Plus, most orthodontic relapse cases are usually fixed within just a few months. To learn more about fixing orthodontic relapse, visit a dentist or orthodontist near you.
Questions 2 - Severity of your orthodontic condition
The next most important factor in determining whether or not you're a candidate for clear aligner therapy is the severity of your orthodontic condition. The milder your orthodontic condition, the more likely you are to qualify for clear aligners instead of braces. For instance, mild and moderate overbite conditions can generally be fixed with clear aligners. On the other hand, severe overbite always requires braces, possibly in conjunction with tooth extraction or other treatments. The more advanced your orthodontic condition, the less likely you are to be eligible for clear aligner therapy.
Questions 3 - The status of your bite
Your bite refers to how your back teeth come into contact with one another once you close your mouth. A good bite is where all of your back teeth come into contact with each other as you close your mouth. A poor bite is when there are several back teeth which don't come into proper contact in a closed position. Having a good bite is very important to your long-term oral health. A good bite spreads your chewing forces onto your back teeth to better protect your front teeth. Having a poor bite causes your back teeth to become overstressed. This leads to fracture of your back teeth and chipping of your front teeth. Having a poor bite relationship can also trigger headaches, TMJ pain and other head and neck related problems. Unfortunately, clear aligners are not very effective at correcting your bite relationship. Bite correction often times requires braces and only minor bite corrections can be accomplished using clear aligners alone.
Questions 4 - Your past orthodontic history
It's easier to straighten your teeth if you've already had braces or aligners in the past. Clear aligners work extremely well when it comes to correcting orthodontic relapse. It's understandable that most people who have had braces in the past don't want to wear brackets and wires again. Clear aligners are a perfect compromise to straighten your smile without having to undergo braces treatment again.