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Aligners vs. Braces
Pretty Black girl with braces smiling with braces done at Gross Orthodontics in El Paso, TX In the past, braces were the go-to choice for orthodontists when it came to straighter teeth and improving smiles. However, advances in dental technology now offer a modern and convenient alternative - aligners. If you are looking for a smile makeover, you may consider aligners or braces to correct any orthodontic issues. At Gross Orthodontics, Dr. Amanda Gross helps patients in making informed decisions.

Aligners vs. Braces

Aligners and braces are two orthodontic tools used to correct misalignments in teeth. Orthodontic aligners are invisible, removable plastic devices that fit closely with the patient's teeth and gradually guide them into a straighter position. On the other hand, traditional braces are made of metal or ceramic brackets and wires that attach to the teeth and need to be adjusted periodically by an orthodontist to realign them steadily. Both aligners and braces work by applying pressure on the teeth until they reach their desired alignment.

Types of Braces

There are many types of braces; the most common types include:
•  Ceramic Braces: Ceramic braces are orthodontic devices made of clear or tooth-colored ceramic material. They work like traditional metal braces but are less noticeable and blend in with the natural color of teeth.
•  Lingual System Braces: Lingual system braces are similar to traditional metal braces, but instead of being attached to the front of teeth, they are attached to the back (lingual) side of teeth.
•  Self-Ligating Braces: Self-ligating braces use a specialized clip in place of elastic ties to hold the wire in place. This design allows for quicker and easier adjustments and may reduce the need for frequent appointments.

Types of Aligners

Several aligners are available today, including clear plastic, clear ceramic, and hybrid aligners.
•  Clear plastic aligners are the most common type and provide a safe and discreet option for patients seeking cosmetic corrections. They are also budget-friendly in comparison to other aligner options.
•  Clear ceramic aligners blend in more seamlessly with natural tooth color than plastic aligners for an even more subtle approach.
•  Hybrid aligners combine elements of lingual braces with conventional plastic or ceramic ones and can be used to correct more serious misalignments while still providing cosmetic benefits as well.

Many famous brands of aligners include Invisalign, Spark, and uLab – all of which Dr. Gross is trained to use.

Braces vs Aligners - Advantages

•  Straight Teeth: Both aligners and braces can help correct misaligned, crooked, or crowded teeth, resulting in a straighter and more aesthetically pleasing smile.
•  Improved Oral Health: Straight teeth are easier to clean and maintain, reducing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
•  Better Bite: Correcting misaligned teeth can also improve bite function and alleviate jaw pain, headaches, and other problems related to a bad bite.
•  Increased Self-Confidence: A straighter, more attractive smile can boost self-esteem and confidence.
•  Durable Results: Both aligners and braces are long-lasting and provide durable results, so the benefits of treatment can be enjoyed for years to come.

Braces vs Aligners - Disadvantages

Both braces and aligners come with their own disadvantages, such as:
•  Braces, particularly metal braces, can be noticeable and affect a person's appearance.
•  Braces can make it difficult to eat certain foods, and chewy or hard foods can damage the braces or wires.
•  Aligners can be more expensive than other orthodontic options, such as traditional metal braces.
•  Aligners may not be suitable for more complex orthodontic cases, and traditional braces or other treatments may be necessary.

If you are interested in learning more about aligners and braces, and which treatment option may be the most suitable for you, please contact Gross Orthodontics at 915-615-6767 for our West side office and 915-751-7779 for our Northeast side office to schedule a consultation appointment.

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