Orthodontics LA

Should You Get Clear Aligners or Clear Braces?

Posted on December 12, 2022

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There are as many as 10 different types of braces available on the market today, according to Entrepreneurship Life. So how do you know which orthodontics treatment option is right for you? In this article, we will discuss the difference between braces and clear aligners, as well as who are the best candidates for each. We will also look at the benefits of braces and aligners, as well as how long the average treatment lasts and what it costs.

What Are Braces and Aligners Used For?

Braces and aligners are both used to correct dental alignment issues. However, they work in different ways. Traditional braces use brackets that are glued to the teeth and connected by wires. The wires are adjusted periodically in order to gradually move the teeth into their proper position. Clear aligners, on the other hand, use clear plastic trays that fit over the teeth like a mouthguard. These aligners are also removable, so they can be taken out for eating and brushing.

The best candidates for aligners are people with mild to moderate dental alignment issues and they are generally recommended for adults or teens who have had their permanent teeth come in. If you have severe dental alignment issues, braces are likely a better option. Your orthodontist will let you know if braces or aligners would work better for your smile.

What Are the Benefits of Braces?

The average treatment time for braces varies and depends on the severity of your dental alignment issue. However, it can be as little as six to 12 months. The cost of braces is typically less than that of clear aligners. However, many insurance plans will cover at least a portion of the cost. You also have more options with braces between your typical metal braces to clear braces.

When choosing the right type of orthodontic treatment for you, it is important to consider your budget, your dental alignment issue, and your comfort level. If you have further concerns, please get in touch with us today. We would be glad to answer all your questions.