If you have crooked teeth and are looking into your options to straighten your teeth, we’re glad you’re considering the team at Panama City Smiles! Dr. Anish Patel has advanced training in orthodontics through a three-year continuing education program, giving you the expertise you need to perfect your smile. After all, our goal is to make you happier than ever before! That’s why our Panama City dentist offers a wide range of orthodontic treatments for the best smile results possible!
Two of our most popular orthodontic treatments include ClearCorrect aligners and traditional metal braces. We have a lot of patients ask us about which choice is better to straighten their teeth. Let’s go over some of the differences to help you decide which one is best for you.
If you read our recent blog post on how metal braces work, you know that the wires and brackets use a gentle force to move your teeth into their proper positions.
ClearCorrect, however, is an orthodontic system that uses clear aligners to straighten your teeth. There are no metal parts, no wires, and no brackets. The aligner trays are made as you go, each one a little different according to the next stage in which your teeth should move. You’ll continue switching out aligners until you achieve the results you want. The plastic aligners still use pressure to move your teeth, but there is no tightening of wires to do so.
For those who are good candidates for either treatment, this is often the dealbreaker. Metal braces are noticeable, period. But this isn’t an issue for many people, especially because today’s braces are smaller and less conspicuous than their earlier counterparts. A lot of teens like to customize their braces with colors. As the largest group who wears braces, teens usually don’t look or feel out of place when they’re wearing them.
On the opposite side of the spectrum are ClearCorrect aligners. These are nearly invisible, and many people won’t even see them on your teeth when you’re wearing them. Their stain-resistant material also helps keep them clear and free from clouding. Many adults choose ClearCorrect for their discreet ability to straighten teeth without risking looking immature or distracting from their appearance. Because they are a clear alternative to braces, they are often considered a cosmetic treatment.
Dr. Patel uses high-quality materials for our metal braces, practices great skill when placing them, and is as gentle as possible when making adjustments. This helps cut down on any discomfort braces cause as they move your teeth. However, there may be some discomfort as your teeth get used to new braces and adjustments. (You will know this means your braces are working.)
Because ClearCorrect uses different forces and different materials, many people consider them more comfortable than braces. The smooth plastic fits precisely over your teeth, with no brackets or wires that can scratch your mouth.
Whether you decide on braces or ClearCorrect clear braces alternative, your costs will depend on how severe your case is and how long you need to wear them to get the results you want. Dr. Patel will discuss costs with you before you start any treatment. That said, both options are comparable in price, and clear aligners may be a little less expensive if you’re just making minor cosmetic changes.
Metal braces can be used for mild to severe bite issues, from crooked teeth, crowded teeth, gaps in teeth / overly spaced teeth, underbite, overbite, and more. Many treatment plans are about 2 years long, some less and some more depending on the condition of your teeth and what your braces are correcting. ClearCorrect short-term orthodontics’ average treatment time is just 6 months, with some cases taking up to 12 months. That’s dramatically shorter! However, those with more severe alignment issues may not be good candidates for the clear aligners. Dr. Patel can help you estimate your treatment time for either option.
Braces are less bulky than they used to be, which helps make them easier to clean and take care of. You will still need to take care of your braces to give you great results. You’ll use special cleaning items, and you’ll also get a list of a few foods to limit or avoid so that you keep your braces in tact and don’t get food stuck in them.
A great advantage of ClearCorrect is that you can remove the aligners while you eat and clean your teeth. You won’t need to change your diet, and you won’t have to make any visits to our office to repair broken wires or brackets, which can save you time and money. Of course, following our instructions with braces will help prevent problems.
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We hope this information has helped you come closer to a decision! We don’t like to say that one or the other orthodontic treatment is better in general, but one may be better for you. To find out more information, contact us today for a FREE consultation with Dr. Patel! We’re looking forward to bringing out your best smile!