5 Surprising Differences between Aligners and Braces that Every Dentist Should Know

There are several distinct differences between clear aligners and traditional braces. Most notable is that clear aligners are a nearly invisible orthodontic treatment option. Additionally, they can be easily removed for eating and cleaning. These are the two main advantages that draw patients to choose clear aligner therapy over traditional metal braces.

The fact that clear aligners draw patients in might be enough to convince dentists to integrate them into their practices, but this isn’t everything you need to know. Here are five things to know about the differences between aligners and braces:

1. Patient compliance is key.

Traditional braces cannot be removed and will do the necessary work without any daily commitment from the patient. Aligners, however, require that the patient be fully compliant every single day of treatment. If not, their results could be significantly delayed, and treatment may go up in cost because of the need for more aligners.

Patient education is the key to patient compliance. They must understand how aligners work to take their treatment seriously. Dentists who offer clear aligner therapy should explain the process of osteoblastic and osteoclastic activity to patients considering aligners over braces.

2. Aligners work differently than traditional braces.

Both traditional braces and aligners gradually shift teeth into their proper positions. However, their methods are significantly different. First of all, aligners use a push force to rotate the teeth, braces use a pull force. Additionally, braces must move several teeth at a time while aligners can focus on moving just one tooth at a time when necessary. Each new aligner targets different teeth.

3. There is more than one clear aligner brand.

We all know that one brand that started it all, but new clear aligner brands are emerging weekly, or at least it seems so. For dentists, the easy road would be to pick the most widely-known aligner company, but for those who want to offer their patients the most effective and affordable option, research is necessary.

Orthosnap clear aligners offer patients the perfect fit, superior design, and aligners that are even more discreet than competitors. We even offer a unique patient compliance tool that gives doctors control through the treatment process. The Verification Key™ aligner is used every 8th step to verify that the treatment is on track.

4. Some aligners reduce the need for IPRs and extractions.

Most clear aligners on the market require interproximal reductions and extractions to make up for crowded teeth. Because of Orthosnap’s superior fit and technology, the teeth can move without the need for IPRs and extractions. In many cases, we can use arch expansion to create more space in the mouth for tooth movement.

5. Aligners can make your practice more successful.

If your dental practice doesn’t already offer some sort of treatment for orthodontic malocclusion, you are missing out on a serious opportunity to grow your business. The orthodontic malocclusion industry is worth approximately 11 billion dollars and continues to grow.

When doctors choose to align themselves with the right company, they offer better treatment outcomes, more revenue, and increased patient loyalty.

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  • Comprehensive consultations with our representatives
  • 24/7 customer service
  • Training and product updates
  • Online portal for case tracking
  • Customed plans with objectives set by the practice
  • Marketing support
  • Custom packaging
  • Educational materials for doctors and patients

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