Are Clear Aligners Right For Everyone?

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Clear aligner braces are a popular choice for people who are in need of orthodontic care. However, the aligners are not for everyone. If you are considering clear aligner braces, here is what you need to know.  

Why Are Clear Aligners Not for You?

Clear aligners are great for hiding the fact that you have braces, but there is a possibility that your orthodontist might recommend a more traditional measure. There are some situations in which clear aligners are not an option.  

For instance, if you have molars that need to be realigned, your orthodontist might recommend the use of metal braces. Clear aligners are capable of moving the molars, but it could take significantly longer to do it than if you had metal braces. Molars tend to have stronger roots and a fixed option works better. With the aligners, you have the freedom of removing them and that could impact their effectiveness. 

Aligners might also prove challenging if you are not a person who is consistent in remembering tasks. Since they are removable, you have control over how often they are in your mouth. To be effective, the aligners need to be in your mouth at least 22 hours a day. If you consistently forget to place them, they will not be effective.  

Why Are Metal Braces a Better Choice?

If clear aligners are not for you, your orthodontist will likely recommend the use of metal braces. Even though metal braces are visible, they have many benefits that could make wearing them more attractive to you.  

For instance, the metal braces are highly durable and do not easily break. As a result, you will have the benefit of continuous care of your teeth.  

The braces are also more affordable. The average cost of metal braces is about $3,407 with insurance. By contrast, the average cost of clear aligners is $5,000. It is important to note that some clear aligners wearers end up having to get metal braces to help with the progress of the realignment. You could easily end up paying far more than expected with the combined treatments.  

Consult with your orthodontist to learn more about whether or not clear aligners or metal braces are the right choice for you. He or she will evaluate your teeth, determine the progress that needs to be made, and make a decision based on the results. If you have concerns about either method, discuss them before treatment. 


17 March 2017