Are you looking for ways to improve your smile that don’t involve ugly and uncomfortable metallic braces? Well, there’s good news for you.
You see, the dental industry has evolved over the years, and as such, braces have ceased to be the only option for teeth straightening. Whether you need something with a better aesthetic appeal or you’d like to explore your options, you have a wide range of alternatives to choose from. What’s more? These alternatives are effective and exciting and will straighten your teeth just the way you’ve always wanted.
But before we explore these options, let’s consider conventional braces so we can understand the uniqueness of these alternatives.
What are braces?
Traditional braces are a dental appliance that is used to correct misaligned teeth. They are typically made from an acrylic material and usually come with a metal wire. The wire is fitted inside the acrylic brackets, which hang from the teeth or gums, and lie flat against them to apply a steady pressure.
What are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are a modern way to straighten the teeth without the need for braces. Clear aligners are very efficient at correcting mild to moderate dental issues. So efficient that they have become the go-to straightening option for most adults.
How do clear aligners work?
Clear aligners work the same way as orthodontic braces. They shift your teeth into the right position. However, this doesn’t happen all at once. The shifting process occurs gradually.
One key difference to other options is that clear aligners don’t use brackets and wires. Also, you don’t have to visit your dentist regularly for adjustment. Instead, you’ll get a replacement approximately every two weeks. Every new set of clear aligners that you wear maps a new position for your teeth to shift into.
To enjoy the full benefits of clear aligners you’ll need to wear them for 22 hours daily.
What can clear aligners treat?
Clear aligners are predominantly used to treat the following common conditions:
- Spacing issues
- Crowding issues
- Teeth gaps
Clear aligners as an alternative to braces
Metal braces have been around for quite some time, and of course, for a good reason. Metal braces are strong and align your teeth such that you can get your desired smile. However, as beneficial as they seem to be, metal braces have some limitations that we will explore.
There are multiple benefits of clear aligners as an alternative to braces which means that for most treatment situations clear aligners would be the preferred treatment option. Below is a list of just a few of the benefits of clear aligners as an alternative to braces.
Beam clear aligners an alternative to braces: Pricing
Braces cost around $8,000+ whereas Beam clear aligners are only $2,149 (for a limited time). So in fact you will actually pay 70% less for this new and improved treatment!
Beam clear aligners an alternative to braces: Treatment Time
Another important benefit of clear aligners as an alternative to braces is the treatment time. Beam clear aligners average treatment time is 4-6 months compared to 2 years for braces.
Beam clear aligners an alternative to braces: Comfort
Beam clear aligners allow you to straighten your teeth safely at home without the pain of braces. No more inconvenient dental appointments and painful metal wires in your mouth for years. Gone are the days of being picked on with names like ‘metal mouth’, getting food stuck in your braces…and everything else that comes with wearing metal wires in your mouth.
In addition, Beam clear aligners can be taken out while eating or drinking as they can be worn 22 hours per day compared to braces which need to be worn 24/7.
In what situation would braces be a better alternative?
Due to the benefits above clear aligners are definitely the preference for mild and moderate dental situations, although we would recommend braces when your dental situation is more complex. For example, if you need to rotate your teeth as part of your treatment then braces will be more effective.
Beam clear aligners
Beam clear aligners mission is to make dental care more affordable and accessible to all Australians. That’s why their clear aligners are the most affordable solution for improving your smile.