The Advantages of Clearline Aligners Over Traditional Dental Braces


At Beach Grove Dental, we understand that achieving a beautiful smile is an important goal for many of our patients in Tsawwassen. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment to straighten your teeth, you may be wondering which option is right for you: Clearline aligners or traditional braces.

While both methods effectively correct misalignment and improve your smile, Clearline aligners offer several advantages over traditional braces, making them a popular choice for patients of all ages. However, we will also discuss the limitations of aligners and when traditional braces may be preferable.

What are Clearline Aligners?

Clearline aligners are a newer option made of thin, transparent plastic that can be put on with no pain or discomfort. They consist of a series of clear, removable plastic trays custom-fitted to your teeth. Each tray applies gentle pressure to shift your teeth into place incrementally over time. You switch to a new tray every 2 weeks as your teeth move. The overall treatment can last from six to eighteen months. 

Clearline aligners are an invisible solution that can correct overbites, crowding, spacing, rotations and other smile issues. The clear plastic aligners should be worn 22 hours per day. You can remove them when you are eating and brushing your teeth. 

What are Traditional Dental Braces?

Traditional dental braces are comprised of metal or ceramic brackets that are bonded to each tooth. An orthodontist attaches a wire through each bracket and can tighten it over time to shift your teeth into proper alignment. Elastic ties or bands are also used to guide tooth movement.

Following the initial placement, you will need to visit Dr Beeram for regular adjustments typically every 4-6 weeks. During these appointments, Dr Beeram will assess the progress, make necessary adjustments to the archwire, and ensure the teeth are moving in the desired direction. These adjustments may involve tightening the wire or replacing it with a slightly different wire to exert the optimal pressure for continued movement.

The duration of treatment with traditional braces varies depending on the complexity of your case. Treatment times can range from 12 to 36 months, with an average of 18-24 months. Factors influencing treatment duration include the severity of misalignment, the individual’s age and bone health, and adherence to follow-up appointments and proper oral hygiene practices.

Once your teeth have reached their desired positions, you will enter the retention phase. During this crucial stage, a retainer, typically a clear plastic tray worn at night, is used to maintain the new tooth alignment and prevent them from shifting back to their original positions. The duration of the retention phase can vary but is typically long-term, sometimes lifelong, to ensure the stability of your newly achieved smile.

The Advantages of Clearline Aligners

Let’s delve into the key benefits of Clearline aligners and explore how they can help you achieve your dream smile.

Enhanced Aesthetics and Discretion

One of the most significant advantages of Clearline aligner therapy is its virtually invisible appearance. These custom-made, clear plastic trays are nearly undetectable when worn, allowing you to maintain a confident smile throughout your treatment journey. Unlike traditional metal braces, which can be quite noticeable, Clearline aligners won’t detract from your professional or social interactions.

Improved Comfort and Convenience

Clearline aligners are designed to fit comfortably against your teeth, eliminating the discomfort associated with metal brackets and wires used in traditional braces. Additionally, they are removable, allowing you to take them out for eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing. This feature makes it easier to maintain proper oral hygiene, which is crucial for preventing cavities and gum disease during orthodontic treatment.

Faster Treatment Times in Certain Cases

While treatment times can vary depending on individual cases, Clearline aligners can sometimes offer faster results compared to traditional braces. This is because the clear aligners gently apply continuous pressure to move your teeth into the desired positions, often requiring fewer adjustments than traditional methods.

Reduced Risk of Irritation and Mouth Sores

Traditional braces can irritate the inside of your lips and cheeks due to the metal brackets and wires. Clearline aligners, on the other hand, are smooth and comfortable to wear, significantly reducing the risk of sores and irritation. This makes treatment more comfortable and allows you to enjoy the process of achieving a straighter smile.

Suitable for a Wider Range of Patients

a female adult holding a Clearline aligner near her mouth

Clearline aligners are not just for teenagers! Due to their comfortable and discreet nature, they are a viable option for adults who may have hesitated to pursue orthodontic treatment with traditional braces due to aesthetic concerns. Likewise, teenagers often prefer Clearline aligners over traditional braces due to their aesthetic appeal. The nearly invisible aligners allow teens to confidently maintain their social lives without the self-consciousness that sometimes comes with metal braces. 

Additionally, Clearline aligners can effectively address a wider range of orthodontic issues, from crowding and spacing to overbite issues.

Limitations of Clearline Aligners

While Clearline aligners offer numerous benefits, they may not be a suitable option for everyone. Here are some cases where traditional braces might be a better choice:

  • Severe Misalignment: In cases of extremely crowded teeth, significant gaps, or complex bite issues, traditional braces offer more precise control over tooth movement and may be a more effective solution.
  • Difficulty Maintaining Compliance: Clearline aligners require consistent wear and proper care. If you find it challenging to wear the aligners for the recommended time or maintain proper oral hygiene with them, traditional braces might be a more suitable option, as they remain fixed on the teeth.

It’s important to remember that a thorough consultation with Dr Beeram is essential to determine if Clearline aligners are the right choice for you. He will meticulously assess your specific case, discuss your goals and concerns, and recommend the most suitable treatment plan to achieve a healthy and confident smile.

Schedule a Consultation with Dr Beeram at Beach Grove Dental

If you’re considering orthodontic treatment in Tsawwassen, schedule a consultation with Dr Beeram at Beach Grove Dental. During your consultation, Dr Beeram will thoroughly examine your teeth and discuss your individual goals and concerns. He will then explain the various treatment options available, including Clearline aligners and traditional braces, and help you determine the best course of action to achieve your dream smile.

Beach Grove Dental Tsawwassen is committed to providing our patients with the latest advancements in dental technology and personalised care. We understand that every smile is unique, and we are dedicated to helping you achieve a healthy and confident smile you can be proud of.

Contact Beach Grove Dental today to schedule your consultation and take the first step towards a straighter, healthier smile!