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How does aesthetic orthodontia differ from traditional orthodontia?

Traditional orthodontic treatments use fixed appliances such as stainless steel or ceramic braces, elastic bands, headgear and retainers to treat misalignments of the teeth and jaws. They can interrupt social activities and cause embarrassment for the patient. On the medical side, they can also be irritating to the mouth. Fixed appliances can also make brushing and flossing difficult – a significant drawback for patients with gingivitis or other gum-related conditions since dental hygiene is supposed to be kept up diligently.

Patients also need to watch what they eat and drink to ensure braces and bands aren’t damaged. Again, they have their uncomfortable moments. Aesthetic orthodontic treatments use removable appliances known as aligners to move teeth. Aligners are custom-made from clear, strong, medical grade plastic and are practically unnoticeable when worn. There are no metal parts to irritate the mouth or affect speech. And, because aligners are removable, the patient’s diet is not restricted and brushing and flossing can be done normally. They do however have to be cleaned, but their cleaning is simply and easy.