The looks of traditional braces are their greatest drawback and are the reason why most people wouldn’t even consider braces as a treatment option. Clear aligners took care of that problem emphatically, by removing the brackets and wires and replacing them with transparent molds. These molds are quite invisible, even if someone looks at your teeth directly from close range, they would have a hard time spotting them. They can also be removed at will, so if you have that special occasion where you absolutely have to look your best, then you can go ahead and leave your aligners at home.
Traditional braces always cause cuts, scrapes, and bruises to the gums, cheeks, and lips. The design of the wires and brackets almost always causes injuries to soft tissues. In addition, the pulling motion is very uncomfortable and feels as if someone is pulling your teeth right out of your mouth.
Clear aligners have none of that. The molds are made of highly polished plastic, so no cuts or bruising are expected, and they apply pressure rather than pull on the teeth, which is much more comfortable.
If you have worn braces before, or know someone who did, then you understand what a nightmare oral hygiene with braces is. The shape and design of the brackets invite food debris to be trapped around them, and that same design doesn’t allow proper cleaning. Flossing is also a huge issue, where the string cannot possibly pass through the wire crossing your entire set of teeth.
Again clear aligners have the solution. Since nothing is attached to your teeth, and since they can be removed at will, you would essentially be cleaning your own teeth with nothing to hinder you. So all you need to do is to remove the aligners, eat whatever you want, brush and floss, and put them back on.
No food restrictions:
If you have traditional braces on – or any other form of attached braces such as clear or lingual braces – then your orthodontist would probably advise you to steer clear of some types of foods. Hard foods such as nuts and chips are a big No-No with braces wearers since they can dislodge the brackets from the surface of the teeth. Sticky foods such as gum and toffee are also prohibited, since they can not only break the bond between the brackets and the teeth, but they stick to the brackets and teeth and are impossible to clean.
With clear aligners, you can eat and drink whatever you want since you would remove them at mealtime, and there is nothing attached to your teeth that you would fear to be removed or broken.
The entire clear aligner system is based on computers. The entire setup after the impression is taken is made with highly specialized equipment that is dependent on computers. For that, you would expect the accuracy to be perfect, with virtually no chances of human errors.
As we mentioned before, a treatment plan simulation video is produced through the computer and sent to both the orthodontist and the patient. This enables the orthodontist to do any modifications he\she sees necessary, as well as give the patient some form of control and predictability of his treatment. One of the biggest fears of braces – or any cosmetic procedure for that matter – is not knowing what your teeth would look like after you’re finished, but the clear aligners system took care of that too. The video clearly outlines the treatment phases and the end results. In simpler words, what you see is what you get.
Speed of treatment is relative. A simple braces case would take around 6 months to complete, while some of the more complex cases take almost 2 years, and sometimes more. Clear aligners are relatively faster than traditional braces, with most cases completed between 6 and 10 months’ time.