How to Decide If Clear Aligners Are the Right Orthodontic Treatment for You

Clear aligners are a great way to straighten misaligned teeth and achieve a better smile overall, but there are other orthodontic treatment options which are worth considering as well. One of the hardest decision for those who want teeth straightening treatment is determining which option is best, and having more information about clear aligners can help with this decision.

About clear aligners

Most have heard about clear aligners and how beneficial they are in helping correct misaligned teeth, but all too many do not go through with treatment as they are fearful of what the process might be like. The following is everything to know about clear aligners in order to calm any anxieties and make the right treatment decision for you.

What are clear aligners?

Clear aligners are an orthodontic device that is placed over the surface of teeth and molded in such a way that it pulls teeth into a more appropriate and attractive position. Clear aligners are ideal for anyone who has a mild to moderate form of misalignment of teeth and would like to achieve a better smile. The clear aligners process starts with an initial consultation with an orthodontist, who can conduct an oral examination and determine whether they are a viable option. Once the patient agrees to treatment, the aligners can be made using an impression of the patient's teeth, and treatment can begin soon thereafter.

Benefits of clear aligners

There are many benefits to choosing clear aligners over other forms of teeth straightening such as braces. Perhaps the biggest advantage for many is that clear aligners are essentially invisible to other people, which means patients can gain a more well-aligned smile without having to broadcast to the world that they are doing so. In addition, unlike braces, the aligners are removable, which means there are more food options that patients can eat and also that protecting the teeth from staining may be easier than it is with traditional braces.

Clear aligners vs. braces

The two most common forms of orthodontic treatment are clear aligners and braces, and both have benefits of their own. One of the main differences, and perhaps an advantage of braces, is that braces are able to treat more severe misalignments, whereas clear aligners might be better suited for patients who do not have as serious a malocclusion. Also, it is important to understand that clear aligners require the patient to be responsible as they have the power to remove them at any time, whereas patients who choose braces are not able to remove the braces themselves.

Are clear aligners right for you?

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