Clear Braces vs. Traditional Braces

Aug 30, 2017

Having crooked or misaligned teeth can lead to a host of problems, including jaw pain, tooth wear, and improper mouth function. Traditional metal braces will straighten your smile, adjust spacing issues and align your bite. But traditional braces are very eye-catching. On the other hand, clear braces, also known as invisible braces, or clear aligner trays, offer a more inconspicuous teeth correction option.

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Traditional Metal Braces

All orthodontics start with a metal wire that applies pressure steadily to shift teeth to the desired position. The wire arch is attached to teeth with brackets. For traditional braces, the brackets are made from two varieties of stainless steel and the structure sits on a band that is worn around every tooth. The newest metal brackets have an adhesive attachment on the surface and are less conspicuous than banded brackets that surround the whole tooth. Ceramic and clear brackets also attach to the surface of each tooth.

Clear Braces

Invisible aligners (clear braces) function basically the same way as traditional braces, without the metal wires and discomfort. Clear aligner trays are removable, so you take them out to eat, and to clean them. You never have to worry about getting food trapped in wires, or be fearful of flossing. Invisible clear braces appeal to adults, and other patients who want to improve the look of their smile, but don’t want to wear traditional metal braces.

If you are an ideal candidate for clear braces, your dentist will use a scanner, take x-rays or photos, or use mouth impressions to create custom-fit aligner trays. A series of clear trays will be made to apply steady pressure to your teeth to move them into the desired positions. Your dentist will monitor your progress on a scheduled basis, and provide a new set of clear braces. You will wear the aligner trays for a minimum of 22 hours each day until you complete your treatment course.

All orthodontia comes with pluses and minuses; however, to make the best, informed decision, consult an experienced orthodontist.