When you think of braces, you might conjure up images of teenagers. But did you know that the market for clear aligners was worth around $2 billion globally last year?
In other words, if you feel embarrassed by crooked teeth, it’s not too late to achieve that smile transformation.
But with modern dentistry offering many different cosmetic options for teeth, which treatment is suitable for you? This guide will explain the difference between braces and clear aligners.
What Are Adult Braces?
Braces are the traditional fixed treatment to align teeth. They contain wire, but there are more expensive porcelain options that aren’t so noticeable.
Here are some of the advantages of braces:
For all treatments: Braces work with all orthodontic issues, so they’ll help you if you have significant problems with misaligned and crooked teeth.
Continual wear: You’ll have to keep braces in at all times. That’s good if you’re the type of person who forgets to wear aligners
What about the disadvantages? Here’s what you need to know:
Dental health: Many patients find dental health a challenge, e.g., cleaning teeth with braces, as food can get stuck in between the attachments
Discomfort: Some people experience discomfort if the braces rub against the inside of the mouth at night
What Are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are plastic molds that fit snugly over the teeth. They are custom fit, so the first time you put them on, you’ll feel a tight fit from the plastic. The most popular brand is Invisalign, and you can get Invisalign treatment here.
During the treatment, you’ll get new aligners at regular intervals, which will be a slightly different mold, to nudge your teeth into their new position gradually.
You can remove clear aligners at any point in the day, so they differ from braces in that respect. However, most dentists will tell you that you should avoid taking them out more than you need to get the best treatment results.
Here are some of the plus points of clear aligners:
Oral hygiene: It’s better for oral hygiene as you can take them off to brush your teeth, but you will need to keep them on for around 23 hours a day
Invisible: They are clear plastic, so they aren’t noticeable when you smile
Advanced technology: They use advanced AI technology to model the movement of your teeth to help ensure the final transformation is a beautifully straight smile
But there are disadvantages to clear aligners. Here are some points worth noting:
Tight fit: Some people find the tightness of fit quite uncomfortable when they first start wearing them
Frequent dental visits: You’ll need frequent dental care visits to get new aligners to continue your treatment
Though both options have pros and cons, one has grown in popularity in recent years: a clear aligner. Having cosmetic treatment on your teeth without the noticeable braces is undoubtedly something that appeals to adults.
Beautiful Straight Seeth: Braces or Clear Aligners?
Whether you prefer the traditional braces or more modern clear aligners, there are plenty of cosmetic dentistry options to help get that perfect smile.
Why not book a consultation today to determine whether you’re a suitable candidate for the treatment? And head to our health and fitness section for more cost-effective cosmetic treatments.