Aligners vs Traditional Braces Which is Right for You

Aligners vs Traditional Braces: Which is Right for You?

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Orthodontic treatment has evolved over time, from metal braces to clear brackets to aligners. With all of these methods still in use, patients have more choices than ever for straightening their teeth. If you’re in need of orthodontic treatment, you may be wondering which type is right for you. Here’s what to consider. 

What Are Traditional Braces? 

Traditional braces are made of metal and consist of a combination of brackets and wires. A bracket is attached to each tooth with an archwire connecting them that is used to shift the teeth into proper alignment. Braces treatment may also consist of rubber bands that are used to push and pull the teeth in different directions. 

What Are Clear Aligners?

Clear aligners are made of plastic that is molded to the shape of your teeth. Treatment consists of a series of aligners that are each slightly different. You wear each aligner for about 2 weeks in order to gradually shift the teeth into the desired position. The aligners are clear and virtually invisible on your teeth, allowing you to straighten your teeth discreetly. 

What To Consider When Choosing a Treatment

When it comes to choosing an orthodontic treatment, there are a few different factors that need to be considered: 

  • Severity of your case. Clear aligners work better for mild cases, and moderate to severe cases may require braces to achieve the desired results. 
  • Responsibility. Clear aligners require responsibility to keep track of your aligners and be sure to wear them often enough. Braces are fixed to your teeth so you can’t lose them or forget to wear them. 
  • Your appearance. Clear aligners won’t affect your appearance the way braces do because they are virtually invisible on your teeth. However, there are clear brackets that work just like metal braces but blend in with your teeth for a more subtle appearance. 
  • Comfort. The smooth plastic of clear aligners makes them more comfortable than braces for some patients. 

What Braces and Clear Aligners Have in Common

Braces and clear aligners have numerous similarities, such as: 

  • Both straighten teeth
  • Both can be worn on the upper or lower jaw
  • Both are covered by dental insurance if your plan includes coverage for orthodontics
  • Both can be provided by an orthodontist

How To Choose the Right Treatment 

The first step in choosing an orthodontic treatment is to have an evaluation. This allows your orthodontist to assess the current position of your teeth and determine what type of treatment would be most effective for you.

Frequently Asked Questions About Aligners and Braces 


What is the most effective orthodontic treatment? 

Braces are ultimately the most effective orthodontic treatment because they work for almost all patients regardless of the severity of their case. Only in rare cases is additional treatment beyond braces necessary, such as jaw surgery. 

What is the most expensive orthodontic treatment? 

Braces and clear aligners are comparable in price, but the total cost of treatment is dependent on factors specific to each individual patient.

Schedule an Evaluation Today 

If you’re ready to find out about your orthodontic treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Suzanne Stock, Orthodontist. After a brief evaluation we can recommend treatment options and help you make the best decision for you. 

Contact us today to learn more and schedule an appointment.