Clear aligners are one of the biggest advancements in modern dentistry and orthodontics. Sold under various brand names like Six Month Smiles and Invisalign, they are a powerful alternative to traditional metal braces, despite the latter having been a traditional rite of passage for young Americans for generations. While clear aligners are growing in popularity, many people remain unaware of them or don’t have a full understanding of how they work, and that’s a shame–clear aligners offer a number of benefits for patients suited for them, and they can be a great course of treatment for the right person. So what are the benefits to clear aligners?
Firstly, for many patients, clear aligners are more comfortable than traditional metal braces. By replacing brackets with a set of smooth, clear plastic aligners, clear aligners avoid some of the discomfort and irritation associated with traditional metal braces. Most patients don’t mind wearing clear aligners once they get used to them, making treatment easy.
Secondly, clear aligners are easy to maintain, particularly when compared to traditional metal braces. You just brush and floss your teeth as you would normally and give your aligners a quick and easy cleaning twice a day. That’s it! Now compare that to traditional metal braces, which make cleaning a much more involved chore, and you’ll see why many people prefer clear aligners!
On that note: unlike traditional metal braces clear aligners don’t prevent you from eating certain foods. You remove your clear aligners while eating, and can therefore enjoy all the foods you normally do. Whereas traditional metal braces prohibit you from eating some solid, crunchy, or sticky foods, traditional clear aligners let you enjoy all your favorites.
We should note that clear aligners may not be the best choice for everyone–some patients needing particularly precise corrections may benefit most from traditional metal braces. However, many patients can make use of clear aligners, and they are an option you should consider to help your smile look its best. If you’re curious as to whether or not clear aligners are right for you, get in touch with us today and your QCDA team will help guide you through the process.