Clear Aligners or Traditional Braces

You know you want a straighter smile, but what are your options? And which option should you choose? Our Newport News and Gloucester, VA orthodontic offices offer metal or clear traditional braces as well as clear aligners. In most cases, you can choose which option best suits your budget and lifestyle. However, based on your unique orthodontic condition, Dr. Swihart may make a specific recommendation for you.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are the tried-and-true tool of straighter smiles everywhere. They are very effective at their job, and these days, they’re more comfortable and wearable than ever. You can get traditional braces using high-grade, stainless steel brackets and archwires or clear ceramic if reducing the visibility of your braces is a concern.

Clear Aligners

Clear aligners allow orthodontic teeth straightening without the use of wires and brackets. Instead, you will use a series of custom-fit acrylic trays that, when in place, fit neatly and invisibly over your teeth. As your teeth move, you will be fitted with a new tray for the next phase of treatment.

These trays are removable, allowing for more comfortable eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing.

Which Should You Choose?

For younger children, traditional metal braces are often the best bet. They don’t have to worry about misplacing a clear aligner or keeping it clean between meals. Older kids might want clear traditional braces for cosmetic reasons. Some teens may even be good candidates for clear aligners. Dr. Swihart will discuss your particular orthodontic needs and goals with you and present appropriate options.

Adults may choose traditional braces, whether metal or clear, for their effectiveness and affordability. And, as mentioned, some orthodontic cases may require traditional braces rather than clear aligners. In your consultation with Dr. Swihart, your options will be explained in detail.

Clear aligners are a great choice for anyone who wishes to minimize the look of orthodontic appliances while it’s working, and have the convenience of a removable device. 

The only way to know for sure which option is best for you is to talk in detail about your particular case with an orthodontist… so what are you waiting for? Call us today to get started.