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Are Clear Aligners As Effective As Fixed Braces?

26/10/2022

Patients young and old are looking for better aesthetics when it comes to braces, resulting in large popularity of clear aligner systems such as Invisalign, but are there orthodontic limitations that come with these systems?

Fixed braces are an orthodontic system that involves attaching small pieces of metal to the teeth that are joined together by an arch. The arch connects all the pieces and applies constant pressure to the teeth in order to move their position. The amount of pressure is altered by your orthodontist over time as your teeth move to ensure pressure remains on the teeth and continues to guide your teeth into the desired position. Braces cannot be removed and are often worn for up to 2 years before the treatment is complete.

Clear aligners are removable plastic trays that have been specially crafted to fit your individual smile. These aligners are worn over the top of your teeth and apply pressure to the teeth to promote movement. However, unlike fixed braces which need to be tightened by your orthodontist, with clear aligners you change your plastic tray every 2-3 weeks to achieve the same result.

Fixed braces are often the best option for those with severe orthodontic issues that need correcting and also have a shorter treatment time than clear aligners. However, those with minor alignment issues who want to discretely straighten their teeth may prefer the removability of clear aligners.

To make your dream smile a reality and discuss which option is best for you, book a consultation with one of our orthodontists in Kettering.

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