For decades braces were seen as something you either got in your teens, or never. Rarely would you see an adult with orthodontic appliances in their mouth, unless they had an accident.
The introduction of ceramic braces gave people an option that was significantly more discrete than traditional metal braces. The white wires and ceramic studs blend in quite well with the colour of a patient’s teeth.
Lingual braces took it to a new level — hiding the braces on the inside of the teeth, facing the tongue. To this day they’re the most discrete option available — but at a significant cost and notable discomfort.
Then came the clear aligners.
What Are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are an orthodontic treatment that replaces wires and brackets with clear plastic aligners. These are custom-fit to your teeth using precise moulding methods.
Each set of aligners is designed to apply a little bit of pressure to your teeth, gradually shifting them into a new position. Every few weeks, you swap your aligners to a new set, continuing the process.
The Biggest Benefits of Clear aligners
Clear aligners present two substantial benefits over traditional braces:
- They’re discrete. The clear plastic is very difficult to notice at any distance. People tend to need to be up close and looking carefully to see the aligners.
- They’re removable. You can take the aligners out to eat and clean your teeth. This means there’s no special diet requirements, and you can clean your teeth normally.
Clear aligners give adults greater confidence to get their teeth straightened without needing to worry about appearance. They’re particularly attractive to public-facing professionals such as models, presenters, actors, and personalities.
Another notable benefit is the entire system is computer-guided. Patients can see a virtual mockup of how their teeth will look at every stage of the treatment before they ever put an aligner in their mouth.
Growing Options for Clear Aligners
For many years there were only a few name brands dominating the clear aligner market.
Today, there are substantially more options, providing the same level of care at a fraction of the cost.
Our Platinum Dental brand of clear aligners are significantly cheaper than other named brands, and yet are fully capable of achieving the same orthodontic results.
Clear aligners can be a bit more costly than traditional braces, but the benefits more than make up for it.
It’s important to consider orthodontic treatment an investment in longterm health — by straightening teeth, you greatly reduce the risk of cavities, infections, and damage to teeth, saving you greatly in the long run.