Clear Aligners: Fact or Fiction

As you take your first steps toward orthodontic treatment, you might be overwhelmed by the amount of information about different treatments. This is especially the case if you’re looking for treatment other than traditional braces. There’s plenty of misinformation about treatments other than braces, so it’s important to have expert advice to help you make your decision. The Smile Patio Orthodontics is here to help you decide what’s the best path for you to achieve the smile you want. And one of these paths includes treatment with clear aligners.

Clear Aligners have become an increasingly common choice for those seeking orthodontic treatment who don’t want to deal with the brackets and wires that come from traditional braces. But more attention can mean more myths and misconceptions. Fear not! Dr. Albaugh and his expert team are here to help you separate the facts from the fiction when it comes to clear aligners. In fact, we even create our own custom clear aligners right in our office, so your treatment is perfectly personalized to you. Let’s take a look at some of the misconceptions surrounding clear aligners so you can decide if clear aligners are right for you.

Fiction: It’s hard to maintain clear aligners

When you think of the challenges of orthodontic treatment, you might think of food restrictions and trouble with brushing your teeth. All orthodontic treatments come with their own set of challenges, and there are plenty of rules to follow with metal braces, but that isn’t always the case with aligners. 

Fact: Clear aligners are easy to maintain

Keeping your aligners in their best condition is actually pretty simple. By using the special care kit, removing them, and rinsing them with an approved solution, you’re more likely to keep your aligners in the right condition. And since you don’t have to worry about brackets or wires, you easily maintain your normal oral hygiene routine by brushing and flossing. No need to worry about maneuvering around metal parts! As for food restrictions, you can drink and eat whatever you want when using aligners. Just remove the aligner when you eat, and then rinse and put it back in once you’re done.

Fiction: Clear aligner trays are painful

Traditional braces have a reputation for being irritating and painful, and so many people assume clear aligners will be similarly uncomfortable. Metal braces use wires and brackets that are attached to the teeth and adjusted over time, which causes some discomfort. But the helpful part of clear aligners treatment is how it takes a different approach that does not include as much wiring.  

Fact: Clear aligner trays are very comfortable

Clear aligners trays are made from SmartTrack material that is flexible and customized to your smile. This means they are more comfortable since there are no wires or brackets. Your trays will need to be replaced every 1-2 weeks as directed by the doctors at The Smile Patio Orthodontics. When switching trays there will be some pressure as your teeth start to shift, but that will subside after a day or two.

Fiction: Clear aligners are more expensive than braces

Traditional braces have become more accessible and affordable over the years with advancements in orthodontic technology. Since clear aligners are a newer technology, many people believe they must cost more. But lucky for you, this is not the case!

Fact: The cost of clear aligners is very similar to braces

Every patient’s treatment is different, so there are several variables to what your specific treatment will cost. But traditional braces and clear aligners usually cost the same. If you have dental insurance, orthodontic treatment may be covered. Our team in our office will help verify this and work with you to create a treatment plan for your budget before we begin orthodontic treatment. 

Fiction: Clear aligners don’t work as well as braces

Many patients believe that since traditional braces are directly attached to the teeth, they are more effective than clear aligners, which are easily removable. This does seem to make sense on the surface. Wouldn’t removing the treatment slow down the process with the time it spends out of your mouth? But despite what it may seem, this is far from the truth.

Fact: Clear aligners are just as effective as metal braces

Clear aligners have come a long way thanks to advancements in orthodontic technology. Clear aligners were originally used for post-treatment retention, but they are just as effective at correcting orthodontic problems as braces. When used as directed by our teams of doctors, you can achieve the same results as you would with traditional braces. For some patients, the results can be superior to braces.

Fiction: Treatment takes longer with clear aligners

Many patients believe that metal braces will straighten teeth faster than clear aligners since braces use glue and wires that attach directly to the teeth. But, that is not the case.

Fact: Treatment time with clear aligners is usually less than metal braces

When it comes to orthodontic treatment time, everyone takes a different amount of time. We see a wide variety of unique cases at our office. Treatment with clear aligners is generally the same time, or less, compared to traditional braces. Typically treatment time with traditional braces is around two years or longer, while clear aligners treatment averages closer to eighteen months. Multiple factors determine the amount of time you will spend wearing aligners such as compliance, age, and orthodontic issues.

Get the best for your smile at The Smile Patio

Clear aligners are an excellent start for your orthodontic journey. And as you start, you want the right expert to guide you along the way. Dr. Albaugh is here to answer any questions you have about orthodontic treatments and provide you with exceptional care. No matter what questions you have about clear aligners or any other orthodontic treatment, our team wants to be there to help you get all the information you need to make the best decision for your smile.

When you schedule an orthodontic evaluation with our Vista office, he’ll assess your needs and help you decide what is the best. To learn more about how braces or clear aligners could work for you, get in touch today to schedule your FREE consultation with us!