If you are considering straightening your smile, you may be concerned with the idea of wearing braces. While braces are effective for correcting imperfections in your bite and smile, they are not for everyone. Clear aligners offer an alternative to metal braces that many of our patients at Broad Street Braces enjoy. Here are seven popular reasons some of our patients love clear aligners for straightening their smile.
1. Almost Invisible
You will hear people call clear aligners “invisible braces.” While they are not braces, aligners are almost invisible. The clear, BPA-free plastic fits over the teeth and does not detract from your smile, discreetly straightening your teeth without metal brackets.
2. More Comfortable
While modern braces are much more comfortable than those in the past, clear aligners are less irritating to your mouth. While brackets and wires can rub on the guns and other oral tissues, the smooth plastic aligners are definitely easier on your mouth.
3. Eat What You Love
Braces can be damaged by crunchy or sticky foods. With clear aligners, you can remove your orthodontic devices when you eat. Enjoy all your favorites foods, then brush your teeth and insert your aligners again when you are done.
4. Better Oral Hygiene
Keeping your teeth clean is harder with braces. Clear aligners can be removed to brush and floss your teeth thoroughly for improved oral hygiene.
5. Protect Your Teeth
Clear aligners fit over your teeth, which can be a benefit for some patients. If you tend to grind your teeth, aligners can protect your teeth from damage. This is especially beneficial for those with bruxism or nocturnal teeth grinding.
6. Fewer Visits to Our Office
Most of our patients with clear aligners have fewer visits to our office during their orthodontic treatment than those with braces. This is because braces tend to need more repairs and adjustments than clear aligners.
7. Less Embarrassment
For some people, wearing braces can be embarrassing. Adults may feel transported back to their teenage years and teens may be self-conscious of the metal on their teeth. With clear aligners, the appearance is discreet and more professional for adults.
If you want a more comfortable and “invisible” option for straightening your teeth, come see us at Broad Street Braces. We offer options in clear aligners at our orthodontic center in Philadelphia, PA.