Benefits of Clear Aligners (Vs. Braces)

So you’re ready to experience the beautiful smile you’ve always dreamed of, but you aren’t sure which treatment route is best? You’ve probably heard of both clear aligners and braces, but you may not know the specific differences between braces and aligners.

We’re here to help! Here’s everything you need to know to weigh the pros and cons of braces vs. clear aligners:

1. Convenience: Braces vs. Aligners

Braces are permanently fixed to your teeth for the duration of your treatment, but clear aligners (like ClearCorrect®) are removable. This means you can easily take them out to eat, brush, floss, and clean your clear aligners.

Braces tend to get food stuck in the brackets and wires, which requires you to play closer attention to your oral hygiene to prevent plaque buildup. With clear aligners, you just clean your teeth as you normally would before treatment!

When it comes to convenience, clear aligners are the clear winner over braces.

2. Appearance: Braces Vs. Aligners

One of the reasons why many people don’t take the step to improve their smile and enhance their quality of life is because they don’t see traditional braces as aesthetically-appealing. Maybe you’re concerned with braces affecting your confidence, or impacting your social or professional life. It’s a valid concern!

Fortunately, braces are not your only option nowadays. Clear aligners are their modern alternative. ClearCorrect clear aligners are made of high-quality, transparent plastic that makes them virtually-invisible when in place.

If appearance is your concern, clear aligners are the winner of this debate. Nobody has to know that you’re wearing clear aligners, and you can take them out temporarily for special occasions.

3. Comfort: Braces Vs. Clear Aligners

ClearCorrect clear aligners are custom-made to fit your unique smile. The curved, custom-fit edges of your clear aligners are molded to the natural contours of your gums and are designed to prevent discomfort.

Traditional braces are not custom-designed for your smile. Brackets may bother your cheeks and tongue, and can create soreness in your mouth. With braces, you run the risk of an “orthodontic emergency”, like a bracket breaking or wire popping out of place. This can require more visits to the orthodontist to fix your braces.

Clear aligners eliminate the risk of these emergencies, because they don’t use brackets, wires or rubber bands. When it comes to comfort, these special smile-transforming trays take the cake again!

4. Getting started: Braces Vs. Aligners

To get started with braces treatment, you’ll typically need to visit an orthodontist in-person for an exam, visit them again to have your braces placed, then visit them every 6 weeks to have your braces adjusted/tightened.

With ClearCorrect clear aligner treatment, you can get started from home! We offer a virtual assessment so you can use your phone to snap some pics of your smile, send them to us, and receive a personalized treatment plan within 24 hours.

Once you visit one of our highly-experienced doctors for a professional exam, you’ll get to complete virtual check-ins throughout the process for us to monitor your progress remotely, and minimize office visits for your convenience.

If you’re someone who values flexibility in your schedule and easy experiences, you’ll like how simple and streamlined the clear aligner treatment process is.

Take the first step today.

While both clear aligners and braces are effective treatments for aligning smiles, ClearCorrect clear aligners come out on top in terms of convenience, appearance and comfort.

We’re proud to provide top-quality clear aligner treatment at Secure Dental, with dentist offices in Portage, IN, Lake Station, IN, Hammond, IN, Ashland Ave., Chicago, IL, Foster Ave., Chicago, IL, Schaumburg, IL, East Peoria, IL, Moline, IL, and Davenport, IA.

Our doctors and team are dedicated to providing the best possible care in your area. We take pride in creating a family-friendly atmosphere at our offices, and going above-and-beyond to meet our patients’ needs.

Take the first step to achieve the beautiful smile you’ve always wanted! You can receive a personalized treatment plan and estimated treatment costs without leaving your home. Get started from home or on-the-go with a virtual consultation.