From adolescents to older adults, and no matter if for cosmetic purposes or to prevent orthodontic problems in the future, no one really wants to wear braces. However, a crooked smile can affect your confidence, and a misaligned bite, or malocclusion, can cause excessive wear and tear on your teeth and gums, among other dental problems. Braces vs Aligners Deciding to get your teeth aligned is a big decision, and then you have to decide if you want to go the traditional route with metal braces or, what many consider to be the easier, softer way, clear aligners. There are pros and cons to each method of aligning your teeth, but the advantages of aligners often win out over braces. That is, when they are a viable option for the patient. However, traditional braces have stood the test of time and still offer some valuable perks. Advantages of Braces Over Aligners As with any dental or orthodontic procedure, it’s important to do your research and ask plenty of questions along the way if you are trying to decide between aligners and braces. The first step in this process is to consult with our office to determine if braces are the recommended alignment method. If so, then it’s good to look at the bright side of wearing traditional braces. Versatility No matter what type or how big your orthodontic issues, braces are a highly effective way to straighten your teeth. Even if you have numerous dental and facial problems that need correction, braces can address each one. Near Perfect Results Although our patients who are candidates for aligners have been very satisfied with their results, the bottom line is that braces typically achieve even better results. Different Types to Choose From Our patients now have options that go beyond the traditional metal wires and brackets associated with braces. Today they can choose from ceramic or lingual braces, both less noticeable than metal braces. Shorter Treatment Time If the length of treatment is of concern to you, braces are a faster alternative to aligners. For many patients, their top priority over properly aligning their teeth is getting the process over as quickly as possible. The skill and experience that our office offers can also contribute to the timeliness of your treatment. Please contact us for a consultation to determine the best alignment method for you.