Most teenagers require orthodontic treatment to correct problems in their mouth, such as a misaligned bite or crooked teeth. However, many of them refuse treatment because orthodontic devices such as traditional metal braces may affect their social life negatively.

However, thanks to new strides in orthodontic treatment technology, metal braces are no longer the only option for teens. Simply Clear Aligners provide a discreet solution for correcting misalignment and other orthodontic problems.

At Simply Southern Smiles, we use Simply Clear Aligners to help teens straighten their smiles and improve their appearance without the obvious appearance of traditional orthodontic treatment. Dr. Woods is passionate about helping young adults across Statesville, NC achieve the healthy and aesthetically appealing smile that will leave them brimming with confidence.

Is My Teen a Candidate for Simply Clear Aligners?

While Simply Clear Aligners have proven effective in treating common orthodontic issues, they may not be the best orthodontic treatment option for your teen. The complexity of the orthodontic problems will determine if your child is a candidate for Simply Clear Aligners or not.

Generally, the following conditions will exclude your teen from Simply Clear Aligners and any other aligners.

  • Missing adult teeth or retained temporary teeth
  • Facial or jawbone abnormalities
  • Microdontia (poorly extruded teeth)
  • Rotated teeth (more than 20°)

If none of the above applies to your teen, they may benefit from using Simply Clear Aligners. However, your free consultation will help us draw a conclusive diagnosis.

What Is the Difference Between Simply Clear Aligners for Teens and Invisalign®?

Invisalign is the most popular brand of clear aligners on the market today. Compared to Simply Clear Aligners, there isn’t a lot of difference in terms of the overall function, but Simply Clear Aligners has a faster turnaround time and may cost significantly less in some applications.

At Simply Southern Smiles, we’ll sit down with you to carefully weigh your options and help you choose between both clear aligners.

What Are the Differences Between Simply Clear Aligners for Teens and Braces?

The main differences between Simply Clear Aligners for teens and braces are as follows:

Aesthetic Appeal

Clear aligners allow you to get orthodontic care discreetly. Braces are more noticeable overall and may not be a good fit for teens worried about their appearance in social situations. Modern braces are less conspicuous than older devices of the past, but they aren’t anywhere near as invisible as clear aligners.

Adaptation Period

Unlike braces, Simply Clear Aligners may worsen a lisp or other speech impediments in the first few days of them. However, this problem clears up as your teen gets used to the device.

Number of Appointments

Traditional braces require multiple appointments for check-ups and adjustments, and broken wires or brackets will also need adjusting from time to time. On the other hand, you’ll need fewer follow-up appointments with Simply Clear Aligners.

Ease of Compliance

You need more discipline to effectively use Simply Clear Aligners. They have to stay on for at least 22 hours per day, so remember to wear them often. Traditional braces remove the accountability from your shoulders as they are fixated on your teeth throughout the treatment.


Simply Clear Aligners are generally more comfortable in the first few days following treatment. Braces might leave bruises and scratches around the gum and the mouth walls – an unlikely problem when wearing the aligners.

Changes to Oral Hygiene

Braces increase your responsibility in terms of oral hygiene. You have to spend double or triple the time to thoroughly brush and floss around brackets and wires. On the other hand, you can easily remove plastic aligners like Simply Clear Aligners when brushing and put them back in later.

Benefits of Simply Clear Aligners

The core benefit of Simply Clear Aligners is discreet orthodontic treatment. However, there are other advantages to keep in mind:

  • You can remove the aligners during meals.
  • You can take them out when the occasion calls for it.
  • They are made of comfortable material.
  • They allow shorter treatment times.

Empathetic Orthodontic Practice for Teens in Statesville, NC

At Simply Southern Smiles Orthodontics, we are always excited to help teens improve their oral health. We’ve helped many teens to achieve picture-perfect straight teeth and exquisite smiles, and we can help you too.