When it comes to orthodontic treatment there are two ways we can achieve a beautiful smile – using braces or clear aligners such as Invisalign® and Spark. It really comes down to personal choice and what is the right fit for you – or your kiddo! Our friends at Transform Orthodontic care have given us the FAQs on braces versus clear aligners.
What are clear aligners?
Clear aligners look like a clear plastic thin mouthguard that are used to gently adjust and straighten teeth (even the most severe cases). They are virtually invisible and can be removed for eating, drinking and brushing teeth.
What are braces?
Most people know what braces are, they’ve been around for a long time and are still very popular with teenagers, probably more than ever before! Adults also benefit from braces too.
Appearance and comfort
Clear aligners are thin and completely transparent, so people may not notice you’re wearing them. They are smooth and don’t have tracks or wires that knick or cut your gums and lips. Braces, on the other hand, are obviously more noticeable.
Braces are fixed permanently to the teeth, so you need to watch what you eat to avoid damaging them. Limiting hard and crunchy foods like apples, carrots, or crunchy bread is a good idea. Unlike braces, clear aligners are removable. This means your diet isn’t affected – you simply take out your aligners every time you eat and put them back in when you finish your meal. And you won’t need to pick at your teeth to remove food.
Clear aligners need to be worn 22 hours a day to be effective and only removed when eating and drinking. Braces are permanently fixed to the teeth. You can’t forget to wear them, lose them, or take them out for social events. They’re a great option if you aren’t motivated to wear aligners correctly, or for 22 hours a day. This might mean a straighter smile in less time, and less nagging from Mum and Dad! J
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