Everyone knows about traditional braces. You get a mouth full of metal brackets, wire, and elastic bands that apply pressure to your teeth and move them into place. Braces can be affordable – even covered by insurance – but they aren’t the most beautiful thing to have in your mouth. They also frequently result in chafing and blisters on your lips and cheeks.1
These types of braces are pretty similar to traditional braces, except the brackets are attached to the back of your teeth instead of the front. Their location makes them less visible than traditional braces, but not every orthodontist offers them to straighten adult teeth.
The final option is clear aligners. They’re created to provide a smoother, more comfortable fit over your teeth and to be as invisible as possible. Instead of swapping out wires or rubber bands, you’re exchanging trays to help shift your teeth over time.
With clear aligners, you have to follow rules and restrictions that are unique from those that are associated with braces, including:
- Removing them when you eat
- Brushing your teeth before re-inserting the aligners
- Keeping your aligners in for 22-24 hours per day
Making Your Choice
While you may experience shorter treatment times with clear aligners along with other benefits, they can’t always solve all the issues that braces can. You’ll need to consult with your orthodontist to determine whether you have a case that’s treatable with clear aligners.
If you need help getting in touch with a provider, Spark Aligners can help. We have relationships with orthodontists all over South Africa to ensure everyone has access to the solutions they need. Find a provider that can answer your questions about clear aligners today!