No matter what stage of life you are in, if you are considering braces to help straighten your smile, there are more options than ever before.  Thanks to medical advances, orthodontic technology has progressed to a level of efficiency and comfort that is unparalleled by any methods of the past.  While there are subsets to any braces option, there are two overarching methods in orthodontic alignment: traditional braces and clear aligners.  

When choosing which method is right for you, it is important to take a look into the comfort, aesthetics and effectiveness of each orthodontic treatment. 

Comfort

Braces are going to cause occasional discomfort regardless—their purpose is to shift teeth around to create a better looking smile as well as to maximize functionality of the bite. 

In the case of adjustments, it takes a large amount of will power in order to keep clear aligners in place instead of removing them to relieve pain; traditional braces leave no option but to leave the braces in place and let them do the work. 

When it comes to overall comfort, clear aligners win out over traditional braces for the simple fact that clear aligners are smooth and will not catch on any flesh.  Traditional braces tend to cut and leave sores on the surfaces that they rub up against.  However, current orthodontic technology has helped to smooth out the bulkiness and discomfort of even traditional braces helping them to be more comfortable than ever before.

Aesthetics

Aesthetically there is a clear winner (pun intended).  Clear aligners go virtually undetected if they are a correct fit.  This is the most attractive choice for older teenagers or adults who would like to avoid the appearance of metal braces.

Fortunately, the current appearance of traditional braces has become minimal with their smoother design.  Not only is the design less intrusive, but there are options such as tooth colored or lingual brackets that helps to disguise the presence of braces altogether.

Effectiveness

While clear aligners have won out when it comes to comfort and aesthetics, traditional braces have proven to be the most effective method of orthodontic treatment. 

Clear aligners can only be used for mild cases or for re-straightening of teeth.  If there is a functionality issue or if the scope of straightening is set to be a large feat, then clear aligners cannot complete the task. 

Traditional braces have a sturdier and more aggressive approach which enables them take on larger alignment processes. These braces are used in most cases of orthodontic treatment.

Keeping an open mind while visiting your orthodontist for a consultation will help in deciding which type of braces are right for you – traditional or clear aligners.  Clear aligners have a high comfort level and are aesthetically pleasing while their traditional counterparts hold a lower level of comfort and aesthetics but provide a more effective alignment process.  

Wilson Orthodontics is a leading provider of  Teen Invisalign and offers a clear alternative to metal braces with invisible aligners. We offer Invisalign in Flowery Branch, GA & to those looking to achieve a straight and beautiful smile!

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