How to get the smile you always wanted?
You want to smile with more confidence, but you need help getting there. It has never been so comfortable as with clear aligners.
More and more people use transparent orthodontic devices called clear aligners. They get them the smile they always wanted. So can you as well.
But correcting crooked teeth isn’t just about getting a picture-perfect smile. It protects the long-term health of your teeth and protects your gums. It also increases your overall health, boosts your confidence, and raises your self-esteem.
What are the advantages of Clear Aligner vs Braces?
Braces use brackets and bonded to the teeth or banded to the molars. Brackets connect each other by wires. The wires provide the force that moves the teeth. However, neither the braces nor the wires are custom-made. The orthodontist introduces manual changes on the wires or the brackets to help move the teeth.
Aligners are custom-made mouthpieces of transparent plastic. They slip over your teeth and fit tight. You get an individualized alignment plan with the end in mind from the beginning. The treatment plan generates a series of aligners from the beginning to the end, and you change aligners each week approximately.
12 compelling reasons why you should choose Clear Aligners over Braces
1. Clear Aligners are almost invisible
Clear aligners are transparent custom-fitted mouthpieces of plastic. Unlike the “metal mouth” braces, people can’t really tell if you wear clear aligners from the so-called personal distance (1.5 meters). That’s why clear aligners have taken away the social stigma of wearing braces from our patients.
Aligners inspire confidence in our patients. You can smile confidently while you’re making great strides towards your winning smile. Take all the pictures you want with them; you will always show white teeth and a progressively better smile than when you started.
In the intimate space, you can perceive a transparent plastic guard that doesn’t pull back as with braces.
Was being embarrassed about wearing braces the reason why you didn’t take action before? Now you can get your dream smile without braces and wires in your mouth.
2. Clear Aligners let you speak normally
The aligner’s custom-fitted vacuumed plastic profile is much thinner than the bracket and wire of the braces.
Braces let you speak reasonably well, but with aligners, you speak better.
Yes, you can speak naturally with your aligners. Our patients who are public speakers -profit speakers, singers, actors- wear their aligners all the time, and they take them off only for peak performance on the show, or for the short speech time on stage. Teachers and salespeople wear them all the time.
Another benefit is that there is no need to take the Aligners off for your daily social life group pictures.
However, if you want to get high-resolution, close-up photos for professional purposes, weddings, or any other event, just take them off, get your pictures taken, and then put your aligners back in. That’s all.
3. Clear Aligners are more comfortable to wear than Braces
Same as for speaking, merely wearing the aligners is more comfortable. Braces hurt your cheeks, your lips, or your tongue either because you bite on them or just because of the constant contact of the parts with your chick and tongs.
You can use wax to cover the braces while your cheeks adapt to them fairly quickly, producing a bit more keratin, similar to the callused palm of a tennis player.
On the other hand, aligners have a much thinner profile, rounded edges, and no wires. They very seldom cause soreness.
If they ever do cause a sore spot, you can trim the edge of the aligner yourself at home with a nail file.
4. Clear Aligners are faster than Braces
The treatment concept with clear aligners starts with the end in mind and reproduces the desired finish position on a 3D digital model. Then, move the teeth to the desired position with the aligners with a precise sequence.
In treatments with braces, that 3D position only exists in the orthodontist’s head or on a manually prepared plaster model in some cases. During the treatment, the orthodontist needs to calculate the current stand, the deviation from the desired imaginary position on his mind.
He then needs to adjust manually, changing or bending wires, debonding, and re-bonding brackets. You need to go to the dental practice typically on a monthly basis to have this done.
The treatment with aligners is similar to a long-distance commercial flight. The pilots calculate everything before the take-off on a well-thought-out flight plan – the fuel needed according to the weight, the weather conditions ahead, the best altitude for the wind speed and direction, the shortest route around the globe, and the right track.
We plan teeth movement with aligners the same way – the degrees of rotation, inclination, the tenths of millimeters of space and height, the sequence of movement, the final shape and position of the teeth.
We calculate all those details before starting the CAD-CAM model. The rest of the treatment process goes practically on auto-pilot.
5. Clear Aligners cause no emergencies
Braces may debond from the teeth. While biting, the brackets and bands contact the food and the other teeth and become loose. You need to schedule an appointment to have them bonded again.
Wires can also break or come off and hurt the cheeks. Then you need to go to the dentist quickly to cut the loose wire, put it back in or change it. If you are away from home, you’ll need to find an emergency dentist quickly.
If you don’t fix it quickly, one or several teeth won’t move while the others do. You may lose the alignment and get worse, needing extra time to recover.
Aligners, on the contrary, don’t cause emergencies. Some pieces of composite sometimes get bonded to the teeth, but they are less likely to come off because they are tiny. And if one ever comes off, the aligner works almost as well. So, no hurries. It can be fixed in the next regular appointment.
The worse thing that can happen is that you lose the aligners, or you break them. You may need to skip one aligner, jump to the next one, and stay with that one for a longer time.
Or we can order the precise aligner number of the series since we can produce it with CAD-CAM without needing any impression or scan.
6. Clear Aligners provide Facial Driven Aesthetics
You may have seen people who have had braces or aligners before. But their smile still doesn’t look so good. Straight teeth don’t guarantee a winning smile. Here’s why:
- The midline may not match the nose line.
- The left and right sides may not be symmetric and match the nose wings.
- The front teeth can be canted in relation to the eye pupils and the lips.
When you integrate DSD into the clear aligner treatment plan, you are not just getting straight teeth but achieving a confident smile that matches optimally with your facial expression. We’re talking about a higher level of precision and results that we call facial driven orthodontics.
Since the treatment plan for clear aligners is fully digital, DSD and aligners are the perfect fit.
However, as of today, only a handful of comprehensive dentists are applying Digital Smile Design to their aligner treatment plans. This is because no software provides a full integration yet. The orthodontist designer needs several software applications, which is an extra hassle. The result is that your face is not taken into account for your smile makeover. Sad, but true.
We fully integrate the Digital Smile Design into your clear aligner treatment plan by using 3 to 4 different software applications to calibrate the 2D smile design on top of the aligner design software.
So we provide indeed another level of precision for the best possible aesthetic results.
7. Clear Aligners move teeth more selectively than Braces
Imagine a couple of floats on a pool connected together by a U-shaped flexible cable. If the cable is flexible, they all move. If the cable is rigid, no one moves. How would you manage to move one side of the floaters only while keeping the other side steady? Difficult, right? You need to connect more cables to make one side rigid while keeping the other side movable.
This is the challenge of the braces. For each movement, each month requires a new adjustment manually if you want to keep some teeth steady while others move selectively.
Here is where clear aligners beat braces by far – at selectively “not moving” teeth at all, keeping them as anchor points so as to better move other teeth also selectively.
We do this by programming the teeth movements sequentially in stages. They work like a custom-fitted cover for the floats from which only certain floats can move within that cover during that week. Next week, new cover, new selective move. Always in control.
8. Clear Aligners need fewer and shorter appointments than Braces
When you choose to improve your smile with clear aligners with us, we establish your “flight plan” right from the beginning.
You also have the tools that make your teeth move selectively and sequentially. We can schedule your appointments every third month instead of monthly, like with braces.
During the appointments, we check that the teeth are moving according to the plan. If needed, we adjust the frequency with which you change your aligners to provide you with the most convenient speed.
Using an intraoral scanner of the latest technology, you get your teeth digitalized in one step instead of two. Your aligners fit tighter on your teeth.
They distribute the pressure evenly through more tight contact areas- The aligners control the movement of your teeth more precisely.
9. Clear Aligners help solve the most complex cases
When clear aligners were first developed in 2000, they were used only for simple orthodontic cases, such as slightly crowded teeth.
The only choice for difficult orthodontic cases was the treatment with braces.
The rapid evolution of 3D design has made it possible to incorporate CAD-CAM technology’s latest features to 3D scanning, representation, diagnosis, treatment plan, and production.
Well trained orthodontists use now clear aligners for the most complex orthodontic cases with excellent results.
The 3D work model for the aligner treatment plan is digital from the beginning in our office in Zurich.
With our Trios 3Shape® intraoral scanner, we digitalize your teeth and your bite in minutes. You don’t need to have silicone trays in your mouth.
We upload your 3D STL model to the design platform also within minutes.
The traditional way is to take silicone impressions and cast them on plaster models. The models are scanned later on a lab scanner to digitalize your teeth.
10. Clear Aligners let you eat anything you want
Braces for orthodontic treatment requires special attention to what you eat. You may need to avoid had crunchy stuff like nuts or sandwiches to prevent the braces from breaking off.
With aligners, you are free to eat whatever you want. You simply remove your aligners when you eat and place them back again when you finish.
Some patients even eat with the aligners; they take them out when they finish, clean them, and put them back in.
11. Clear Aligners can provide extra precision by adding Digital Smile Design
Digital Smile Design -or DSD for short- is the design technique of cosmetic dentistry that studies your smile dynamics. That is, how wide and high you show your teeth and gums from different angles when you speak, smile, and laugh—your social smile.
Digital Smile Design also takes into account your nose, eyes, degree of facial symmetry, and the shape of your head (round, oval, triangular, square) to move or shape the teeth to better fit with your facial expression.
12. Clear Aligners allow you to plan for long trips
Are you planning a couple of months trip around the world before coming back? Excellent!
We just need to calculate how many aligners you need to take with you and how often you need to change them. Even if you lose them, we can still produce more and ship them to you wherever you are.
Enjoy this fabulous world while you shape your winning smile with your aligners.
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