Dental braces and clear aligners are simply instruments to help get your teeth back in shape which is straightforwardness and miss-alignment.
"All clear aligners are braces but not all dental braces are clear aligners". Both are two sides of the same coin.
They are instruments placed in the teeth directly to help a person improve their dental health and align teeth properly. These metal instruments are bound to make you look different and unusual but it is for your own good.
There are four types: Traditional, Lingual, Ceramic and Invisalign.
Way of work
The traditional ones consist of brackets which bond with the teeth.
They work with appropriate force and pressure which affects the Periodontal Membrane and the bones surrounding tooth.
The membrane is stretched out on one side and compressed on another.
This loosens the tooth to attain a new position (on the compressed side).
The largest alternative to traditional braces is clear aligners. They also use force and pressure to get the teeth back to shape. It is made up of strong plastic which is engineered to fit every patient's mouth. They are worn for almost 18-20 hours a day to get the most out of them. However, these are changed every couple weeks depending on your case.
Way of work
The orthodontist first decides on how your bite takes place.
Then he / she creates a plan for teeth movement and aligner preparation.
The instrument is then created and fitted in your mouth. Small adjustments take place depending on your current teeth movement.
They are usually made up of acrylic which has a tight grip.
Various Comparison Scales
Treatment time – it takes almost 1-2 years depending on the patient needs. Usually takes more.
Age – The optimal age is between 10 and 14 years of age when the facial body parts are still in their development phase.
Comfort – Occasional discomfort is inevitable with teeth shifting.
Effectiveness – They have a strong and forceful approach which enables them to take larger alignment processes.
Cost – this is a pocket-friendly treatment and does not cost more than required.
For Clean Aligners
Treatment time – ranges from 10-24 months depending on teeth movements.
Age – it is very popular among adults for appearance reasons while kids can use them on the dentist's proper advice.
Comfort – quite comfortable and is easily removable.
Effectiveness – they are effective only for small-scale treatments and mild straightening.
Cost – the price could be similar to braces but usually is a more expensive option.
The Final Verdict: Advantages & Disadvantages
Benefits – applies to all age groups, hygienic, helps in teeth protection, improved eating, can boost confidence
Disadvantages – spots can develop in the teeth, plaque build-up, tooth decay might increase
Advantages – removable, prevails tooth grinding, thin and invisible, does not affect speech, comfortable, made for look-conscious people
Disadvantages – pains may be experienced, costly, aligner loss during treatment
This detailed explanation should help you choose one or the other as they have their advantages and disadvantages. Again, the method to choose depends on your orthodontist's advice and your feasibility.