Clear Aligners vs. Braces

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Clear Aligners vs. Braces
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What’s The Best Choice For You?

If you are overwhelmed with information after researching teeth straightening treatments, then look no further. Our world-class team at The Dental Lounge has listed the pros and cons of clear aligners vs. braces below for you. Let’s get started:

What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are a cutting-edge dental solution for patients who need a solution to their crooked teeth without needing to go through the trauma of braces. The brilliant advantage of clear aligners is in the name – they are clear. Their near-invisible structure means you get an effective dental solution and a gorgeous smile in a few months without the significant intervention of braces. Their shape and fit are similar to that of a retainer, but they are manufactured from a hi-tech, specialized material.

How Do Clear Aligners Work?

At The Dental Lounge, we use this technologically advanced equipment and methodology to gently and invisibly reposition your teeth into the perfect position. This transparency makes them hugely advantageous for adults working in offices or in the public eye. Braces can be visually challenging and can require many more appointments than an aligner procedure. If you are time-pressed, then an aligner treatment will definitely suit your diary.

Aligners deliver the best results if they are worn optimally, 20 – 22 hours every day. As you have two to four hours of ‘aligner-free’ time, this means you can take them out when attending a function or an important meeting. They must also be removed for eating as they are not designed to withstand the biting and grinding of food. After eating, you need to brush your teeth and rinse the aligner before popping it back into your mouth. This ensures optimal dental hygiene and avoids the development of cavities and potential gum disease.

Dietary Changes And Social Events

As clear aligners have to be taken out of your mouth when you eat, you get the brilliant advantage of not having to change the types of food you eat. Wearing braces comes with many food restrictions, such as not biting raw carrots, apples, or other foods with similar densities as these can damage braces. The wires can be snapped, the alignment pressure of the wires can be changed, and the brace anchors can also be broken off of the tooth. If a patient is using white ceramic braces, then food and drinks with strong colors need to be avoided. This includes curries, certain fruits, coffee, and, unfortunately, red wine as well. 

If you are at a social dinner, then it is as easy as pie to remove your aligner discreetly and store it and then enjoy your delightful evening. Unfortunately, with braces, after having eliminated all the items you cannot eat, you will still be faced with the challenge of eating and talking socially while food is constantly becoming lodged in the braces. This makes social dinner events almost impossible for the many months of your treatment.

Consultations And Diary Pressures

When you use aligners, you will need to make a full appointment at the beginning of the procedure. This is when the majority of the work will be done by your dentist. Your unique dental requirements will be examined, your mouth will be scanned, and an impression will be taken. The impression and the data are then sent off to the aligner laboratory, where your set of aligners will be produced.

When the aligners are returned, your journey to a perfect smile starts, and you mostly run it from home. You might need an infrequent appointment or two to check on the teeth and gums, as well as the progress, but these are significantly fewer than if you were going for regular adjustments to your braces. The difference in pressure on your diary is significant.

Your Comfort

The movement of your teeth with an aligner can cause discomfort like braces, but braces have a far greater force as well as causing cuts to your mouth, lips, and tongue, which can be extremely painful. Some patients ask about insider braces (on the inside of the teeth) as they are almost invisible, but they have more contact with the tongue and tongue pain increases significantly, as does cost.

We hope this information has helped. Choosing a dental treatment will include advice from the caring team at the Dental Lounge. It’s a complex topic, a big-ticket item, and your needs are unique hence the hands-on assistance. Book a Complimentary Consultation

The Dental Lounge is committed to redesigning your dental experience with the best advice on clear aligners vs. braces in Pompano Beach, FL. You can reach us by calling (954) 686-5729 or using our convenient online platform. We look forward to assisting you.

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