It’s a difficult decision, you want to straighten your teeth but can’t decide which way to go when weighing the pros and cons of braces vs Smile Aligners.
You should do your research, ask questions and – with the help of your orthodontist – make an informed decision. The type of orthodontic treatment that is suitable for you also depends on the type of orthodontic problem you need to have corrected – Smile Aligners isn’t always the best option for some patients which is why getting expert advice from your Orthodontist is essential.
Braces are traditionally made of metal and attached to the outside of the teeth, although there are now different options for braces including ceramic and lingual (behind the teeth) braces. Metal wires and rubber bands are attached to the brackets to manipulate your teeth to correct orthodontic problems.
Smile Aligners treatment uses clear, plastic aligners. The aligners are customized for each patient by making a 3d scan of their mouth. Customized aligners are then made to move the teeth in small steps until the correct position is reached.
The Advantages of Smile Aligners
Smile Aligners Looks Better
The biggest benefit of smile aligners is that the retainers are virtually invisible. Adult patients love that colleagues and clients can’t see they are undergoing orthodontic treatment. Self-conscious teens do too.
With smile aligners you don’t go through a period of people commenting on your new braces. You won’t be worried about your smile in photos – all you will see in photos is the progress of your ever-improving smile.
You Can Take the Aligners Out to Eat
Patients often ask us “do you have to wear smile aligners all the time?” For best results smile aligners needs to be worn for 20 – 22 hours each day, which means you can take your aligners out when you are eating. This means you don’t have to change what you eat or how you eat it. With braces people find some types of foods difficult or uncomfortable to eat
It’s Easier to Brush and Floss Your Teeth
As well as when eating and drinking, you’ll also remove your retainers to brush your teeth. With nothing on your teeth to worry about, you can continue brushing and flossing as you did previously.
Fewer Consultations Required
With Smile Aligners, much of the orthodontist’s work happens before you wear your aligners. A 3D scan of your teeth is used for making all the customized retainers in a laboratory. You should change the multiple sets of retainers on your orthodontist’s directions. There is no need to visit the orthodontics for adjustments so visits are kept to a minimum to check on progress. Few visits to the orthodontist means less time off work.
Comfortable to Wear
You may be wondering “are braces or smile aligners more painful?” Moving teeth around with smile aligners can be uncomfortable and painful, much like traditional braces. However, there are also fewer mouth and gum problems with smile aligners. The retainers are made of a special plastic and fitted to each patient’s mouth, so – unlike braces – there are typically no cuts on the inside cheeks or salt washes to deal with.
The Advantages of Braces
Traditional braces, or newer lingual braces, have a lot going for them. Some of the pros of braces are:
Suitable for All Treatments
With braces it doesn’t matter how difficult your case is. You may have multiple dental and facial issues that need correcting – braces can be used to fix each one so you finish treatment with an incredible smile. Braces use anchors and an arch wire to pull the teeth into place. They are the most powerful treatment method in moving teeth into a desired position.
Multiple Types of Braces to Choose From
Braces are not just the traditional metal brackets and wires. Patients now have the choice of lingual and ceramic braces to ensure the braces are less noticeable. So it’s possible to benefit from the power of braces without the metal look if that’s a concern for you.
Faster Treatment Time
One thing for you to keep in mind is: which is faster, braces or smile aligners? Generally, when closing gaps and aligning teeth the treatment time can be faster with braces vs smile aligners.
Speed of treatment can be a big factor as many people like to get their orthodontic treatment finished as fast as possible. The skill and experience of the specialist Orthodontist can also contribute to consistently faster treatment times.
Making the Right Decision on Your Treatment Method
There’s a lot to consider when you are weighing up the options of orthodontic treatment. Decide what pros or cons matter most to you to help make your decision easier. Most importantly, ask questions. Make sure you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.