Clear Aligners in Austin
No Brackets or Wires
Clear aligners are the perfect solution for patients interested in low-profile orthodontic treatment. These virtually invisible plastic trays gradually shift your teeth into the desired position without any metal brackets or wires getting in the way.
Clear Aligners vs. Ceramic Braces
Clear aligners and clear, ceramic braces are both popular options for orthodontic treatment. Let’s look at some key differences between these two treatments:
Clear aligners are made of smooth plastic and are generally more comfortable than ceramic braces. Clear aligners are also removable, so you can take them out to eat or brush your teeth.
Clear aligners and ceramic braces generally cost about the same as traditional braces. Occasionally, one will be a more efficient option, and so the costs will be lower.
Clear aligners are virtually invisible, while ceramic braces are tooth-colored and blend in with your teeth. While both options are more discreet than traditional metal braces, clear aligners may be the best choice if you’re interested in a truly invisible treatment.
Treatment times with Clear Aligners tend to be about the same as with Ceramic Braces. As previously mentioned, occasionally one type of treatment will be more efficient than the other, leading to cost savings. This varies on a case by case basis.
Clear aligners require regular cleaning and may need to be replaced periodically throughout treatment. You also have to remember to put your clear aligners back in when you’ve taken them out in order for them to be effective.
Ceramic braces require regular adjustments and can sometimes break, leading to additional appointments and expenses. But because they’re fixed appliances, you don’t have to worry about forgetting to wear them.
Both clear aligners and ceramic braces have their pros and cons, and the best option for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences.
At Austin Orthodontic Arts, our experienced orthodontists can help you determine which option is best for your smile. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and start your journey to a straighter, more beautiful smile!
Who Should Get Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are an amazing choice for many people, but they may not be right for everyone. Dr. Hime, Dr. Naj, or Dr. Salome will evaluate your needs to determine which treatment fits you best.
Here are some factors that may make you a good candidate for clear aligners:
- Mild to moderate orthodontic issues: Clear Aligners are great for patients with standard orthodontic issues. Metal braces might be a better fit if your case is more complex.
- Dedication to treatment: It’s important to wear clear aligners for 20-22 hours daily. If that doesn’t sound like something you want to be responsible for, metal or ceramic braces may be a better fit.
- Good oral hygiene: Clear aligners require good oral hygiene practices to keep them clean and bacteria-free.
- Desire for a discreet treatment: If you want a discreet orthodontic treatment, clear aligners may be the right choice.
We’re ready to schedule your free initial exam with our experts at Austin Orthodontic Arts. We'll evaluate your specific needs and work with you to see if clear aligners are the best fit for your smile.
Clear aligners are a fantastic, low-profile option for straightening teeth. They can address a variety of orthodontic issues and offer tons of benefits over traditional braces.
We’re ready to work with you to find out if clear aligners are the best treatment option for you. Contact us today to schedule a free initial exam and start your journey to a straighter, more beautiful smile!