Special Considerations for Clear Aligners
While clear aligners may feel less committed than the other braces routes, it’s still a decision with some minor issues to consider. For example:
Are you and your lifestyle ready for clear aligners?
While clear aligners are the more attractive and comfortable way to get straighter teeth, there is a level of commitment required that may be difficult for some to maintain. For example, according to the AAO, clear aligners need to be worn for 22 hours a day. And, since you can take them out, they’re not a great option for those who tend to lose things.
Caring for your clear aligners
Do you have the time and dedication to clean your teeth every time you eat or drink? This is another aspect that may not fit everyone’s lifestyle. According to the AAO, your orthodontist will give you specific instructions on how to best care for your aligners. Not brushing your teeth before putting the trays back in could cause staining on the trays and/or risk getting cavities from food particles getting stuck in the trays and on your teeth. Generally speaking, the main thing is to keep the trays clean by doing the following:
- Take your aligners out when eating and drinking (except tap water)
- Brush your teeth before putting your aligners back in after meals
- Brush the aligners themselves twice a day as directed by your dentist
- Store your aligner in their case when you’re eating/drinking
Regular braces tend to be cheaper
The ADA notes that while clear aligners have many perks, they also tend to cost more than traditional braces. Individual costs will vary depending on the severity of the issue being fixed and your commitment to the process.