For anyone looking to achieve straighter teeth and an enhanced smile but are concerned about how traditional metal braces will affect their appearance, clear braces and Invisalign clear aligners provide alternate options. However, there are distinct differences between Invisalign and clear braces. Although both provide a clear alternative to teeth alignment, they use different methods to straighten teeth.
What are Clear Braces?
Clear braces straighten teeth the same way traditional metal braces do. After a thorough examination with an orthodontist to determine if clear braces are the best option for your dental needs. The process for applying clear braces is exactly the same as with metal braces except the materials are clear. The brackets for clear braces are made out of porcelain, which is tinted to match the color of your teeth. During each visit to the orthodontist, the cross wire is adjusted, or tightened, to gently move the teeth into their intended position.
Clear braces quick facts:
- Clear braces can be used to correct not only dental problems, such as crowding, but they can also correct severe skeletal cases (such as skeletal open bites, severe deep overbites and underbites).
- The process of applying and aligning clear braces can feel uncomfortable. However, most people can tolerate sensitivity and discomfort.
- Clear braces must be adjusted about every four weeks.
- Clear elastic ties around the ceramic brackets may stain as a result of frequently consuming colorful food and drinks, such as curry and turmeric, tea, coffee.
- Clear braces require food restrictions, including popcorn, hard or sticky foods, and chewing gum.
What are Invisalign Clear Aligners?
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that straightens teeth without the use of metal or clear braces. Treatment consists of using a series of clear thin plastic aligners that fit perfectly over your teeth, similar to a mouthguard. Before you wear your aligner, a series of tiny “attachments” are bonded to some of your teeth, which will provide the aligners something to grip and to apply gentle force on the teeth. Each aligner and attachment is designed to move your teeth slowly towards their correct positions.
When you visit your orthodontist, they will use innovative digital technology to create an exact digital replica of your teeth and order the aligners to Invisalign. Once your Invisalign aligners are fabricated and delivered, your orthodontist will adjust them to your teeth and give you necessary instructions.
Invisalign clear aligner quick facts:
- Virtually invisible, Invisalign is more discreet than both metal and clear braces.
- Invisalign does not require any food restrictions, as they should be removed for eating, drinking, and dental hygiene.
- Invisalign must remain on for average 20 to 22 hours a day to prove effective.
- Depending on your treatment progress, Invisalign aligners on average need to be replaced every week or 10 days. However, you can achieve your results in as little as six months.
- Invisalign was initially designed to straighten and close gaps between teeth. However, thanks to recent innovations by Align Company, aligner materials and attachment technology enable dental clinicians to treat more difficult cases, including certain skeletal orthodontic problems.
Do I need Invisalign or clear braces?
Both Invisalign and clear braces are great options for those who want straighter teeth, without the need for attention-grabbing metal brackets and wires. Invisalign provides the ideal options for those who have minor to moderate crowding and certain jaw-related orthodontic treatment needs or like the flexibility of the Invisalign system. However, clear braces are best for those who have more complicated orthodontic problems. After a thorough evaluation, your orthodontist will determine the best course of action to meet your needs.
Dr. Tosun Dental Clinic
If you are considering clear braces or Invisalign to achieve straighter teeth and a better smile, the dental professionals at Dr. Tosun Dental Clinic are here to help. Our team of dental professionals will assess your specific needs to help determine the best course of treatment to provide the best smile to you.
Contact a member of our team to learn more.