When deciding which orthodontic treatment is right for your patient, several options are available on the market. Patients today can opt for traditional metal braces, clear braces, Invisalign®, and Orthosnap clear aligners, depending on what your clinic offers. Deciding which option is best for your patient requires considering several factors, including cost, duration of treatment, comfort, and effectiveness.
Simply offering clear aligners might draw patients in, and the popularity of this treatment might be enough to convince dentists to integrate them into their practices. But this isn’t everything you need to know. There are several distinct differences between clear aligners and metal braces, and here are the top 10 advantages that draw patients to choose clear aligner therapy over traditional metal braces:
1. Orthosnap clear aligners have a discreet appearance.
At one point, orthodontic treatment was solely associated with the dreaded nickname “brace face.” Thankfully, technology caught up with patient demands decades ago, and now there are plenty of modest orthodontic treatment options.
Now, many patients conquer their orthodontic problems (such as crooked teeth, unsightly gaps, and malocclusion) without needing metal brackets, rubber bands, or arch wires. Compared to metal braces, the most notable difference between clear aligners is that they are a nearly invisible orthodontic treatment option.
2. Clear aligners are removable.
Secondly, clear aligners can be easily removed for eating and cleaning:
Traditional braces limit food choices.
Some patients with metal braces fear their wires snapping if they dare eat hard candy, popcorn, or anything else off the forbidden food list for traditional braces treatment. On the other hand, patients that choose Orthosnap clear aligners can eat what they want, when they want (as long as they remove their clear aligners beforehand).
Brushing and flossing are simplified with clear aligners.
Also, patients who choose clear aligners tend to have better gingival parameters than those with fixed orthodontic devices (like traditional metal braces). We can assume that this is because clear braces are removable. Therefore, it’s much easier to uphold daily oral hygiene routines without special tools or skills.
3. Patient compliance is key.
Traditional braces cannot be removed and will do the necessary work without any daily commitment from the patient. Conversely, individuals who believe they will have difficulty wearing clear aligners for 20 to 22 hours a day may benefit from traditional braces, which cannot be removed.
Aligners, however, require the patient to be fully compliant every day of treatment. If not, their results could be significantly delayed, and treatment may increase 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.
4. 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. In opposition, braces use a pull force. Additionally, braces must move several teeth simultaneously, while aligners can focus on moving just one tooth at a time when necessary. Each new aligner targets different teeth.
5. 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.
Orthosnap can tackle more complex cases.
In the past, patients with particularly large gaps or complex cosmetic needs may benefit from traditional braces. Today, Orthosnap’s patented process is designed to treat complex cases that other clear aligner brands cannot offer.
6. Some aligners reduce the need for IPRs and extractions.
Most clear aligners on the market require interproximal reductions and extractions to compensate for crowded teeth. Because of Orthosnap’s superior fit and technology, the teeth can move without needing IPRs and extractions. In many cases, we can use arch expansion to create more space in the mouth for tooth movement.
7. 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 profound 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.
8. Orthosnap is affordable.
Our clear trays are more effective than our competition while costing significantly less (30 percent less in many cases). One of the ways we reduce the cost of treatment is by offering more strategic, shorter treatment timelines. Thus, allowing us to use less material during treatment, lowering the overall cost.
9. Orthosnap aligners offer a shorter orthodontic treatment time than metal braces.
One feature that sets Orthosnap apart from other treatments is that our clear aligners work more quickly than other clear aligners while maintaining superior comfort over conventional braces.
10. Compared to metal braces, clear aligners offer superior comfort.
Orthodontic devices apply pressure to the teeth, jawbones, and periodontal ligaments. Hence, it’s commonplace to expect minor discomfort during orthodontic treatment. While patients might experience the aggressive scratch of metal during traditional braces treatment, Orthosnap clear aligners are composed of smooth biocompatible plastic. They are designed to fit comfortably on the teeth.
Orthosnap Aligners vs. Braces: Which Option Is Right for The Patient?
Above all, ethically guide your patient on the most suitable path for their needs. When choosing between braces or aligners, ask your patient to consider the following questions:
- Which option fits my budget?
- How long do I want to undergo orthodontic treatments for?
- Which choice will deliver a more comfortable experience?
- How can I achieve the most optimal cosmetic results?
- What is my pain tolerance?
- Which treatment will be more discreet?
Become an Orthosnap Partner Today
Orthosnap provides everything patients and doctors need for a seamless experience for both parties. Our services include:
- 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
Don’t miss out on this incredible opportunity to expand your dental practice. Contact our team today at (516) 506-7606 or message us online to learn more.