Dental braces have been used to correct crooked/misaligned teeth since the 1800s. Recently, however, clear aligners have appeared as a viable alternative to them. Here are some features that give clear aligners an advantage over traditional braces:
- Clear aligners are discreet
- They are more comfortable to use
- Clear aligners are more effective
- They are safer for the mouth
Clear aligners are transparent; they have no metal wires or protruding parts. They fit snugly on the teeth, and unless someone is standing directly in front of your face (and invading your private space), they won’t be able to tell that you have them on.
For higher comfort levels, clear aligners can be easily removed. If you don’t feel comfortable with the device in your mouth while you eat, you can simply remove it. You can also remove the aligners whenever you want to brush, drink, or on special occasions.
While traditional braces may need years to straighten teeth, clear aligners only need 12 to 18 months. Furthermore, the entire treatment timeline is planned out using CAD/CAM technology, so your dentist can show you a digital roadmap and how your teeth will look at different stages.
The surface of clear aligners is smooth and there are no protruding metal parts. Therefore, there is no chance that the device will scratch/injure your inner cheeks. Also, with traditional braces, there is a possibility of enamel demineralization due to the action of the metal wires. There is no risk of this with clear aligners.
If you are considering getting clear aligners to straighten your teeth, talk to a dentist and seek professional consultation today. If you live in Texas, visit Village Park Dentistry in Cypress. Call 281-376-4444 to make an appointment.