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Are Clear Aligners Better Than Braces?

A woman with a perfect smile holding a clear orthodontic aligner

You’ve been thinking about getting your teeth straightened and want to know – are clear aligners really better than braces? It’s a great question, and one we get all the time here in Brookhaven. Both options can give you a straighter smile, but they work very differently. In this article, we’ll break down the pros and cons of each so you can decide which route is right for you. We’ll compare factors like cost, treatment time, and lifestyle impact. We’ll also give you an overview of how clear aligners and braces actually work to move your teeth. There’s a lot to consider, which is why we want to give you an in-depth look at both options. Our goal is to provide the info you need to make this big decision with confidence.

Clear Aligners vs. Braces: The Key Differences

Convenience and Comfort

Clear aligners are custom-made to fit your teeth precisely, so they’re very comfortable to wear. Since they’re removable, you can take them out to eat and brush your teeth. Braces are fixed in place, so eating and brushing require extra time and effort to clean around the brackets and wires. Clear aligners are also nearly invisible, while braces are noticeable.

Treatment Time

Treatment time depends on the severity of your misalignment, but clear aligners typically require 6-18 months of treatment, while braces usually need 12-36 months. Clear aligners move teeth in smaller increments at each stage of treatment, so changes may seem subtler, while braces apply constant pressure to move teeth into the proper position.


When used properly as directed, clear aligners and braces are equally effective at straightening teeth and correcting bite issues. Clear aligners cost a bit more than braces, but some view them as worth the investment for their convenience and cosmetic appeal. For complex cases, braces may achieve results more efficiently. Your dentist can evaluate your needs and determine which option is most suitable based on your oral health and desired outcome.

Maintenance and Care

You’ll need to remove your clear aligners to eat, drink, and brush your teeth. Be sure to brush and floss before putting them back in. Braces require more intensive care to avoid plaque buildup, stained or decayed teeth, and swollen gums. You’ll need to brush carefully after each meal, use interdental brushes to clean between teeth, and rinse with a fluoride mouthwash. Monthly dentist visits are also usually required to check on braces.

Final Thoughts

Ultimately, you have to weigh the pros and cons of each option based on your priorities and needs. Clear aligners may be ideal if you want an inconspicuous treatment, maximum flexibility and control, and minimal impact on your daily life. Braces could be better if cost is a concern, or if you have a complex issue requiring specialized treatment. Consulting a dentist is the best way to determine which choice is right for you.

Are you looking for clear aligners in Toco Hills? Request an appointment here: Schedule Appointment or call Elegant Smiles at 404-634-4224. We also serve neighboring towns including Druid Hills, North Druid Hills, Decatur, Brookhaven, Virginia-Highland, Morningside-Lenox Park, and Emory Village.

Posted on behalf of Elegant Smiles

2882 N. Druid Hills Rd Suite A
Atlanta, GA 30329

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