What’s the Difference Between “Clear” or “Invisible” Braces and Metal Braces?

One of the main benefits of clear braces is that they tend to look better – that is, they are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. That being said, there is a difference between clear, ceramic braces and devices like Invisalign or ClearCorrect, which are usually called clear aligners.

Ceramic braces are more like traditional braces; the difference is that the brackets they use are translucent, which makes them less noticeable. These braces may also be less painful than metal braces because the teeth are adjusted more slowly.

Clear braces work the same way as traditional metal braces. They are both used to correct issues from mild alignment to severely crooked teeth.

Do Clear Braces Cost More?

Clear braces may cost more than traditional metal braces, though in many cases the cost is usually comparable. The cost of braces goes up based on how long treatment is and what issues we’re trying to address. The more complicated the orthodontic treatment, the longer it usually takes and the more expensive it is. This is due to the additional treatment and alignment you receive from the orthodontist – extra appointments, repairs, and other costs all add up.

Will Clear Braces Yellow?

Earlier we mentioned that the type of material used to create clear braces could play a role in their quality. That’s because not all clear braces are made from ceramic – some are made from porcelain, while others are made from varying types of plastic. Clear plastic braces have been known to stain over time if they’re made from low-quality plastic, though this hasn’t been as big of an issue in recent years or if you’re using a better quality brand.

Staining can be a factor for both clear and metal braces when it comes to the small rubber bands that hold the wire on the braces in place. These rubber bands, which look almost like a chain that fits over each brace, are usually switched out at each monthly appointment. Between those appointments, however, they are prone to staining depending on what you eat or drink.

Are There Any Drawbacks to Clear Braces?

There are pros and cons to everything, and clear braces are no exception. Clear braces may cause the overall treatment to take longer since they move teeth slower than metal braces. This is due to the fact that they’re a bit more fragile and may require more incremental adjustments during each orthodontist appointment.

Ceramic braces are also less durable than metal braces, which means there is a possibility that they could break off from the tooth, requiring more trips to the orthodontist’s office. In some cases, ceramic braces have caused gum sensitivity. This is because they’re slightly larger than metal brackets, which makes them harder to clean.

However, these drawbacks shouldn’t immediately dissuade you from choosing clear braces. You should speak with the orthodontist to learn which type of braces would be the best fit for you.

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