Differences Between Clear Aligners & Braces
Unlike braces, smooth plastic clear aligners at Zeifman Orthodontics don't have metal components that can irritate your mouth. Because you can remove your aligners when you eat, you won't have to watch what you eat like you would when wearing braces – bring on the popcorn and peanuts.
In fact, the aligners must be removed for eating and for drinking anything other than water. You need to make sure you’re willing to do that before you decide on clear aligner treatment.
To prevent staining, you’ll need to clean your teeth before putting your aligners back in after each time you eat.
Of course, brushing and flossing are much easier than with traditional braces, since you don’t have to work around any brackets and wires.
Your Responsibility with Clear Aligners
It’s important to wear your aligners for at least 22 hours each day for them to do their job and straighten your teeth. But you can remove your aligners for special occasions.
Like with traditional braces, you will generally need to wear a retainer after clear aligner treatment to maintain your new alignment—and your confident new smile.
Dr. Zeifman may not recommend clear aligners for some complex alignment or bite issues, or for those who have bridgework; she can advise you about what options are best for you at your initial consultation.
Schedule your free consultation at our Florham Park office to learn if clear aligners are right for you.