- Published Date: 21 Jul 2020
- Updated Date: 28 Oct 2021
- Reading Time: 3 min
Most of us are aware of some of the benefits clear aligners offer, like the fact that they’re invisible. This is a huge benefit to choosing clear aligners over traditional braces, as many people hold off fixing their smile due to the appearance of the metal brackets and wires. Aside from the pleasing appearance clear aligners offer, there are several other benefits to choosing clear aligners for straightening teeth.
You’re not limited to eating certain foods.
When it comes to traditional metal braces, there’s a long list of food items you should avoid to minimize damage to wires and brackets. Wearers are told to stay away from foods like popcorn, nuts, sticky or hard candy, gum, and a host of other pleasing snacks. These foods are also more likely to become stuck or lodged inside of the components of the braces, causing frustration and discomfort.
ALIGNERCO’s clear aligners can be removed before eating and drinking, allowing you to enjoy any food you desire and ensuring you can follow any diet you want! You don’t have to limit yourself to a soft diet. With the average treatment time of traditional braces being 24 months, that’s a long time to have your diet restricted. Clear aligners are easy to remove, allowing you to comfortably enjoy your meals before replacing them inside your mouth.
It’s much easier to care for your teeth.
Traditional braces can be extremely tough to keep clean. The metal brackets & wires make many areas hard to reach with a toothbrush, and flossing is difficult. Aside from oral hygiene becoming a chore, you risk leaving your teeth with white spots from decalcification when the brackets are removed after treatment.
Invisible aligners can be removed to perform your normal oral care routine. The aligners can be rinsed with normal tap water. Using a soft-bristled baby toothbrush and toothpaste, you can gently cleanse the inside of your aligners to prevent bacteria build-up. It’s important to use a soft brush with gentle motions so you don’t scratch the surface. It’s that easy! Just add in the simple step of cleaning your aligners and you’re good to go.
You won’t have to deal with uncomfortable mouth sores.
A common complaint of traditional metal braces is the development of sores or ulcers inside of your mouth. This is typical, due to the rough exterior of the brackets and wires. They often rub the inside of the tongue, cheeks, and lips causing painful abrasions. While there are ways to prevent these sores from forming, most wearers of traditional braces are bound to develop these discomforts during treatment – probably more than a few times.
Invisible aligners are trimmed to the gum line and fit snugly around your teeth, minimizing the risk of developing mouth sores during treatment. Unlike traditional braces, the exterior of the aligner is smooth. This greatly reduces the risk of irritation. Getting bumped in the cheek or mouth won’t cause painful cuts like what you would get during treatment with metal braces.
Treatment is shorter and more convenient.
Treatment with metal braces often takes two to three years, which is a significant amount of time. On top of the longer treatment process, you must visit the orthodontist frequently to have the braces tightened or wires replaced. That means taking time out of your already busy schedule to fit in the necessary appointments.
With clear aligners, treatment can be completed in as little as 4-6 months. ALIGNERCO will ship your aligners straight to your door. There is no need for frequent check-ups, as the entire process is designed with convenience in mind. Simply switch out your aligners every 10 days and watch your smile begin to transform. It doesn’t get any easier than that.
Maximum value compared to other treatment options.
The cost of metal braces varies based on treatment time, but on average you can expect to pay around $5,000 – $6,000 for 24 months of treatment. In larger cities, it may be even more expensive. Dental insurance coverage for braces is usually not great, and many adults don’t have any coverage at all.
Contributing Writer: Lindsay Modglin
Lindsay Modglin is a nurse turned freelance writer, specializing in health and wellness topics. She aims to create educational content that provides value to her readers. When she’s not writing, you can find her enjoying the outdoors, travelling, or spending time with her husband and three children.