Why Consider the KiyoClear System Over Braces?

Why Consider the KiyoClear System Over Braces?

Until the introduction of clear aligners as a treatment option in the late 1990s, most orthodontic patients were treated with traditional braces, brackets, and wires. While more and more patients are being treated with aligners, most patients are still treated with traditional braces.

Only you and your dentist can decide what is right for you. Here are some things to consider when making that choice.

Braces are visible on your teeth, even the ceramic ones. KiyoClear Aligners are virtually invisible and unless you tell someone you are wearing them, they won’t know you have them on.

Aligners can easily be removed when you eat and drink. Sometimes eating with regular braces can be a challenge when food gets stuck in the brackets and wires. Also, eating sticky, crunchy, or hard foods can cause brackets to pop off, requiring an emergency visit. One advantage of regular braces is you can drink with them on. Aligners need to be removed whenever you consume something other than water.

Because aligners are removable, it is much easier to brush and floss your teeth. Many patients with traditional braces find it challenging to keep their teeth clean.
Patient Mindset
Aligner therapy requires compliance to work. If patients don’t wear their aligners, the aligners won’t be effective. Regular braces require less compliance since the brackets are fixed to the teeth and cannot be removed.
Severity of your Malocclusion
Patients with severe Class II and Class III malocclusions, peg teeth and severe tooth rotations may find traditional braces a better treatment option.
While you will feel tenderness when your teeth begin to move with both traditional braces and aligners, aligners are more comfortable. Plastic aligners are much smoother than traditional braces and don’t rub on the inside of the cheeks like metal or ceramic braces do.

You will need to reduce your intake of sticky and sugary foods when wearing regular braces and be extra diligent with oral hygiene. Teeth are more prone to decay and decalcification (white spots on the teeth) when wearing regular braces. As oral hygiene is much easier with aligners, this is less of an issue.

Both traditional braces and clear aligners like the KiyoClear System can give you a great looking smile long term. You must take into consideration the factors mentioned above and discuss with your dentist before deciding which treatment option is best for you.