Clear Aligner Treatment

Pros and Cons of Clear Aligner Treatment

When given a choice to select between metal braces or clear aligners treatment, what would you go for? If you are unable to make your choice or are not sure much about clear aligner treatment, this article is for you. 

In this article, we will outline the major pros and cons of clear teeth aligners so that you can make a better-informed decision about whether to go for one or the other. 

Here at Ehrler Orthodontics, we can help you achieve your dream smile. Whether it is clear aligners, metal braces, or lingual braces, you can confidently come to us for a fast and effective treatment plan and boost your confidence with great teeth. 

Benefits of Clear Aligner Treatment

Clear teeth aligners, unlike metal braces, are barely visible to other people. In fact, many people may not even notice at all. Hence, they will not affect your appearance much while you wear them. This is the major reason most people choose to go for Clear Aligner Treatment rather than metal braces. 

Comfort Level

Unlike metal braces, Clear Aligners fit flush with the teeth. Therefore, it does not cause any cuts or discomfort that metal braces can. You may still feel some discomfort with the repositioning of the teeth. Either way, it is something that most patients get used to quickly.

Ease of Flossing or Brushing

With traditional braces, you have to change your brushing and flossing techniques in order to ensure your teeth are cleaned properly. At the same time, this is not the case with clear teeth aligners, as you don’t have to follow the lengthy dental care procedure to clean your teeth because you can easily remove the aligners whenever you need to brush or floss. This is why you can brush and floss your teeth like normal. 

No Risks Associated with Chewing Hard Food

People with metal braces are supposed to avoid eating hard or chewy foods such as nuts, bagels, popcorn, etc., so that they won’t damage the brackets or the braces and cause irritation to the mouth. At the same time, people with clear aligners don’t have to avoid these foods. All they have to do is just remove the aligners before eating. 

Lesser Visits to The Orthodontist

Patients do not usually have to revisit the orthodontist as often as they would with braces. 

No One Would Know You Are Wearing Aligners

Another huge benefit of clear aligners is that no one would know that you are wearing any kind of braces unless you tell them yourself as these aligners are clear, and hence other people are not able to notice them. 

Feel More Confident

As these aligners are invisible and do not get noticed by other people, these are a great option for those who feel conscious about their appearance while wearing metal braces. Now with the use of clear aligners, you can straighten your teeth without even letting anyone know. 

The Cons of Clear Aligner Treatment

Need To Be Removed Again & Again To Eat

Patients will have to remove their aligners every time they eat or drink something. They may keep on wearing the aligners while drinking water, but they must remove them when they are drinking something other than water. They can easily stain and warp with heat. Therefore, you must remove the aligners before drinking any hot or colorful drink. 

Not Recommended for Complex Corrections

Clear Aligner Treatment is not effective for complex issues. It is only recommended for people who need moderate straightening of the teeth or need to fix crooked teeth, some gaps, or crowded teeth. For more complex issues, your orthodontist may recommend some other type of braces. The treatment will not work effectively if you have bridgework done between your teeth. 

So these are some of the major pros and cons of getting Clear Aligner Treatment. If you’d like to book a free consultation to see if you’d be a good fit for clear aligners, please call us at (909) 875-1901 or check out our website for more information.


This article is for general information purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Please consult your doctor or other qualified healthcare providers with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read in this article. The information provided in this article is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease and should not be relied upon as medical advice.