Why You Might Prefer Clear Aligners Over Traditional Braces

Posted on: 30 March 2023

Clear aligners are a good choice when you want to straighten your teeth, but don't want to wear traditional braces. The aligners have some advantages over metal braces, but your dentist has to determine if they're right for you. Here are some reasons you may want clear aligners if your dentist determines you're a good match. 

You'll Feel Less Self-Conscious At Work

If the reason you don't want traditional braces is that you'll feel embarrassed at work, you'll appreciate how the clear aligners are much less noticeable. Your braces won't be the first thing people see since they're clear and nearly invisible.

While it's important to wear the aligners most of the time, even when you're at work, you might take them out occasionally for a very important client or meeting if it makes you feel better. You remove the aligners when you eat, so you can take them out at business dinners too.

It's Easier To Keep Up With Good Oral Hygiene

If you're in close contact with people at work, you may worry about bad breath. This can be a problem with traditional braces that are difficult to brush around or use floss while wearing them. When you wear aligners, you can take them out when you brush, and you can clean the aligners too, so your breath smells fresh and you don't have to worry about bad breath odors.

You Can Continue To Have Your Favorite Foods

You have to watch your diet when you wear traditional braces since food gets stuck in them easily. Plus, you should restrict sweets since the sugar is hard to brush off of your teeth. When you wear aligners, they always come out when you eat so you can eat just like you did before. This allows you to eat raw vegetables, meat, and even occasional sweets so you can maintain a healthy and varied diet.

Clear Aligners Are More Comfortable Than Braces

Aligners may cause some discomfort too since they force your teeth to move into a new position, but there are no metal or hard parts to scrape or poke your cheeks or gums to cause pain and irritation. You may find it easier to get used to wearing clear aligners and find it easier to endure the months or years you need to wear them.

Your Treatment Time Could Be Shorter

Clear aligners can sometimes work faster than traditional braces so you can transition to a retainer sooner. This depends on whether you're compliant and leave the aligners in except for when you're eating and brushing.

Plus, dental visits are easier and may even be less frequent. Instead of going to the dentist for frequent tune-ups of your braces, you'll just go for visits that monitor your progress and to pick up new trays you change yourself.

Reach out to a dentist to learn more about clear aligners.