Clear Aligners vs. Braces


Choosing between clear aligners or braces


There are a few things to consider when deciding between clear aligners or braces. Obviously, each treatment option has its own pros and cons. For instance, many patients prefer wearing clear aligners because they can remove them whereas braces can't be removed. On the other hand, braces are more capable of facilitating complex tooth movements. Orthodontic conditions such as an underbite or crossbite almost always require braces and can not be fixed with clear aligners. The chart below summarizes different whether different orthodontic conditions can be treated with clear aligners or braces:

Chart comparing capabilities of at home aligners, dentist-delivered aligners and braces.

Take our assessment quiz below to see how likely you are to qualify for clear aligners over braces:


More comfort, less pain and the ability to take them out

Clear aligners were invented over 20 years ago. Straightening your teeth with clear aligners has become much more popular during this time. As clear aligner prices continue to drop, more and more patients are choosing aligners over braces to achieve the smile of their dreams. There are several benefits to wearing clear aligners over braces, such as:

  • Clear aligners are much more comfortable to wear
  • They don't cut up your mouth as much as braces do
  • You can easily remove you clear aligners whereas braces are stuck to your teeth and you can't removed them by yourself
  • Clear braces are much less noticeable in your mouth as compared to the metal and brackets of traditional braces

As you can see, there are plenty of reasons to go with clear aligners over braces if you qualify for them. Of course, your first step should be to make sure you actually qualify for clear aligner therapy. Find a dentist near you using our Search Engine to see if they offer clear aligner treatment. Schedule your appointment with them online on their Even28 Profile to get started with your straight smile today:


More capability, better posterior tooth movement, better for teenagers

Wearing braces has many of its own benefits of its own. There are good reasons why many people still wear braces over aligners to fix their smiles. Let's looks at orthodontic conditions which are good candidates for braces treatment:

  • Complex orthodontic conditions: Braces can pretty much fix any type of orthodontic problem regardless of their complexity level. Orthodontic conditions such as an underbite or crossbite almost always require braces treatment instead of clear aligner therapy.
  • Mixed dentition stage: Wearing braces is almost always favored for most children and teenagers. Braces have a much larger range which makes them ideal for treating patients with mixed dentition (where you still have baby teeth left in your mouth). Plus, teenagers are not very reliable when it comes to wearing their clear aligners. Since clear aligners can be removed from your mouth, most teenagers don't wear their clear aligners the way they're supposed to. This explains why dentists prefer to put braces on teenagers so they can't remove them all the time!
  • Posterior tooth movement: Braces are much more capable of moving your back teeth. Clear aligners are great for moving your front teeth, but not so much your back teeth. Aligners can only make minor posterior tooth movements whereas braces can do all kinds of stuff to your back teeth. Go with braces if you're planning on making any type of posterior tooth movement or to correct bite issues.

More complex tooth movements require braces in place of clear aligners. You can search for a dentist that offers clear aligner therapy by searching our dentist database.Use our Dentist Search Engine and find a braces provider near you. When you find a dentist you like, schedule your appointment online right from their Even28 Profile:


How do I fix my orthodontic condition?

Visit your local dentist or orthodontist to see which treatment option is best for your smile. Only you and your dentist can decide if clear aligners or braces are best for your needs. Many orthodontic conditions can be successfully treated with clear aligners these days. Don't be surprised if your dentist tells you that he or she can fix your smile in a few months with clear aligners! To get started, search for a dentist near you using our Search Engine and schedule your consultation with them on directly from their Even28 Profile: