Braces vs aligners are both used to straighten your teeth, but it’s not a one-size-fits-all situation. So how do you know which is right for you? If you’re considering options for orthodontic treatment, here’s what you need to know about braces and aligners.
What are Braces?
According to Wikipedia Braces are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten teeth and help position them concerning a person’s bite, while also aiming to improve dental health. They are often used to correct underbites, as well as malocclusions, overbites, open bites, gaps, deep bites, crossbites, crooked teeth, and various other flaws of the teeth and jaw.
What are Aligners?
Aligners are clear, plastic trays that help straighten your teeth. They give you a straighter and more attractive smile without the use of metal braces. Aligners are the clear alternative to braces. They straighten your teeth without metal or wires, and are virtually invisible! No one will know that you are straightening your teeth unless you tell them.
Are you interested in straightening your teeth, but aren’t sure what the difference is between braces and aligners?
The first thing to know is that both options are capable of straightening your teeth. The difference lies in how they do it.
Let’s head to the difference between braces vs aligners.
- Braces are fixed to the surface of your teeth for the duration of treatment, whereas aligners are removable.
- Braces are attached to your teeth and aren’t removable until your treatment is over. They’re not invisible, but they do offer more precision when it comes to moving your teeth.
- Aligners are clear and removable, and you switch them out every two weeks as your teeth move into their new position. You can take them out when you eat or drink, which is nice if you don’t want to deal with cleaning around brackets or wires, and they are invisible.
- Braces are highly durable, offer a more affordable price point, and can be more effective for complex cases.
- Aligners are far more discreet, easy to maintain, and eliminate the risk of mouth injuries associated with braces.
- You have to visit our office about every six weeks for adjustments if you get braces.
Aligner patients do not need regular check-ins, but they do need to switch out their aligners on schedule to maintain progress.
In our next article, we will talk about the pros and cons of Braces vs Aligners.
If you’re unsure which method is best for you, talk to us.
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