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Which Is Right for You: Clear Braces or Invisalign?

Posted on September 17, 2021

One in five orthodontic patients is an adult, according to AAOinfo.org. Many adults seeking orthodontic services are looking for a more subtle alternative to the stereotypical metal braces. While metal braces certainly get the job done, some people prefer the sleek appearance of more inconspicuous options such as clear braces or Invisalign. But what exactly are the differences between these options, and what factors should be taken into consideration when deciding between the two?

What Are Clear Braces?

Clear braces, which are also referred to as ceramic braces, are a type of orthodontic treatment similar to metal braces. They are used in straightening teeth and fixing bite issues. The brackets that are glued to the teeth are essentially clear, close to being tooth-colored, and made of ceramic. The bands and wires used are also often clear. They get the job done in a similar time frame to traditional metal braces, though they provide more comfort than metal braces, as the brackets have smooth edges.

What Are the Benefits of Clear Braces?

There are numerous reasons why clear braces are the first choice of many. As previously stated, they are less visible than metal braces. They also cause less general discomfort and gum irritation because of the shape and size of the brackets. They are durable and easy to take care of. Invisalign, which we’ll go into more in a moment, can come with the temptation to not wear your aligners all the time, but with ceramic brackets, you know you’re on the path towards a straighter smile because they’re always there.

What Is Invisalign?

Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that involves wearing removable clear aligners to slowly guide teeth into a straighter smile. The clear aligners get switched out frequently as the process continues. The aligners get taken off during mealtimes and when you brush your teeth. Ideally, the aligners get cleaned twice a day. They are generally less detectable than other types of braces because there are no brackets involved.

What Are the Pros of Invisalign?

Invisalign is considered one of the most inconspicuous options for orthodontic treatment, besides Inbrace, which is behind the teeth. The aligners are very comfortable and should cause little to no irritation in your mouth because there are no brackets rubbing against your cheeks. They are good for keeping up oral health because you can remove them to brush your teeth, whereas with brackets, food can get stuck and there can be some hard-to-reach places.

For those with more serious cases, clear braces may be a better option because they work quickly and can manipulate the teeth better. However, you should seek a local orthodontist that you trust to find out which option would be best for you. Having trouble making the decision between clear braces and Invisalign? Schedule your free consultation today. Our team at TruSmile Orthodontics have worked with many individuals, and we know what works best for who!