Patients who want to straighten their teeth have a number of options for treatment, including traditional metal appliances and clear braces that are less intrusive on their smile’s appearance during treatment. Although each case should be evaluated by a dentist who can make recommendations based on a patient’s specific needs, here are some general considerations when deciding between metal and clear braces.
In addition to the aesthetic benefits of clear braces, this treatment option may be preferred in terms of convenience and comfort, as well. With systems such as ClearCorrect, clear plastic aligners are used instead of brackets and wires to apply forces to the teeth and re-position them. These aligner trays, which look similar to teeth whitening trays, can be removed at mealtime so patients don’t need to follow the same dietary restrictions that those with traditional orthodontics do.
Additionally, it’s easier to keep your smile healthy and clean when wearing this type of clear braces, because you don’t need to navigate around clunky appliances when brushing and flossing.
The soft oral tissues are also protected with this method, as they are not exposed to potential injury due to sharp edges on brackets and wires.
Although ClearCorrect can be effective for many teens and adults, including patients who need to realign their teeth following previous orthodontic treatment, it may not be suitable in all cases, particularly complex ones. Your dentist can advise you further if clear braces are an option for you.
It is important to note that patients who choose ClearCorrect must take on more responsibility for participating in their treatment to achieve the desired results. You need to follow the schedule provided by your dentist in terms of the amount of time you wear the trays each day, as well as switching to the next tray in the series.
Do you have questions about the various options for straightening your smile? Need more information to make your decision? Come to our office for a consultation that can get you started on your treatment plan. Call to schedule an appointment today.