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Aligners Vs. Braces

Close up of young woman holding clear aligner and braces demoConventional braces as we know them today have been around since the 1970s. Up until fairly recently, metal braces were the most common form of orthodontic treatment. Then, in 1999, the introduction of clear aligner trays changed everything. At Gross Orthodontics, we specialize in both clear aligners and traditional braces, because we want our patients to be satisfied with their treatment.

What Are Clear Aligners?

A clear aligner, as the name suggests, is a plastic tray that fits over the surfaces of your teeth. During the treatment-planning phase, we will take a (digital) impression of your teeth and gums. This impression will be used to fabricate a series of clear aligner trays.

The first tray in your series will be nearly identical to the current position of your teeth. Each tray in your series then gently applies pressure to the teeth, slowly moving them to a more proper position. The trays are meant to be worn 20 to 22 hours a day at two-week intervals.

After two weeks you will move on to the next tray in your series. By the end of treatment, your teeth should be in a much straighter position. Clear aligners can also be used to correct a misaligned bite or malocclusion.

What Are Braces?

Traditional braces consist of three major components: the brackets, the wire, and the elastic bands. The brackets, which are bonded to the front surfaces of your teeth, are linked together by the wire (held in place by the elastic bands). Throughout treatment, we periodically tighten the wire to move your teeth to an ideal position.

These days there are several types of braces, some of which include:
•  Traditional braces
•  Ceramic braces (clear or tooth-colored brackets, wires, and bands)
•  Lingual system braces (brackets placed on the backs of your teeth, hiding the appliance)
•  Self-Ligating Braces (a slide mechanism that allows the wire to tighten itself as your teeth move)

Clear Aligners or Braces?

They type of treatment you need on your circumstance. Most of our adult patients prefer clear aligners due to their discreet nature. Some people fear that conventional braces may affect their personal and professional lives.

However, clear aligners may not be appropriate for complex orthodontic problems. If you have severe crowding issues or a complicated malocclusion, conventional braces may be unavoidable. Luckily, we offer ceramic and lingual system braces, which remain discreet while providing effective results.

While clear aligners have some advantages, it is important to note that the success of your treatment depends on your dedication. Because they are removable, many people (especially teenagers) are tempted to leave them out for long periods. This can significantly lengthen your treatment time. Braces remain in the mouth at all times, eliminating this problem.

During your consultation appointment, Dr. Amanda Gross will be able to determine which type of treatment is ideal for you. Your consultation is also an excellent opportunity for you to ask any questions and voice any concerns.

Schedule a Consultation

If your family needs orthodontic treatment, we can help. Our highly skilled team will be able to determine which type of treatment is right for you! Call 915-751-7779 to schedule a consultation now!
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