It’s estimated that up to four million people at any one time are wearing braces in the United States and Canada. But Dr. Hunt and our team at Hunt Orthodontics know that braces have come a long way from the early days of orthodontics, so much so that these days, options are available that are not visible to onlookers. The most popular of these “invisible” braces are Clear Aligners. Here’s a list of FAQs regarding Clear Aligners:
Are they really invisible?
Yes, the clear aligners are virtually invisible, so they enable patients to feel good about themselves and their appearance, while getting the orthodontic treatment they need.
Are there wires, rubber bands, and brackets with Clear Aligners?
Nope. Clear Align is truly an alternative to conventional braces. The treatment consists of clear aligners that can easily be removed and cleaned throughout the day. There are no wires, so there’s less poking and mouth irritation compared to braces. There’s also no wire tightening at adjustment appointments, so patients don’t have to worry about a sore mouth in the days that follow in-office visits.
I’ve heard that if I get braces, I won’t be able to eat certain foods like popcorn and hard candy. Is this true with Clear Align too?
No. With Clear Align, there are no food restrictions. You simply remove your aligners when you’re eating, and replace them after you’ve finished and brushed any leftover food particles away.
Does Clear Align cost more than braces?
While overall cost varies on a patient-by-patient basis and is based largely on the level of treatment, Clear Align costs about the same as traditional braces, which makes this treatment option a truly affordable alternative.
How does brushing compare with conventional braces?
Brushing your teeth while wearing conventional braces takes some getting used to. Patients have to brush around the metal brackets and floss with a specialty tool to get into the hard-to-reach areas of the mouth. By contrast, Clear Align can be removed at any time to permit regular brushing and flossing.
Every patient is different and Clear Align might not be the best course of orthodontic treatment for everyone, but it’s an option that’s gaining more and more popularity, and it’s an orthodontic alternative that doesn’t sacrifice comfort and convenience for results. For more information, or to schedule a consultation, please give us a call at our convenient Greenville or Travelers Rest, SC offices!