Many people mistakenly get confused regarding clear braces and Invisalign clear braces. It’s completely understandable that it would be so confusing. A simple search engine search with the term “clear braces” will net you so many search results that you’ll be even more confused. Thus, the assumption and conclusion regarding the differences between the two. Above all, we want you to be happy with the kind of braces that you select for you and for your child. Here are how the two different types of clear braces differ.
In order to understand the differences between the two kinds of braces, they are typically first described to the patient. Clear braces are made of ceramic thus they are clear in appearance. These are typically referred to as ceramic braces for this reason. The materials that are used are clear in appearance, or they’re camouflaged by customizing them to match the color of the teeth. Regardless, they work in the same fashion that traditional metal braces work.
On the other hand, the Invisalign clear braces are made of transparent aligner trays which act as a retainer and shift the teeth into the proper position. The aligners will be changed out every 2 weeks during the course of treatment. Treatment may take up to a year to complete. The clear braces require a visit to the dentist every 4 weeks. Here they will be tightened and adjusted. The Invisalign requires fewer dental visits and no tightening or adjusting other than switching out the trays every 2 weeks.
Other than the physical differences, there are also 4 ways that these particular types of braces differ.
Clear braces are typically used to treat cases where more extensive movement of the teeth is required. The Invisalign, on the other hand, are used for minor issues such as crooked teeth, crowding, open bits and overbites, underbites, and gaps.
Keeping in mind that the clear braces require adjustments every 4 weeks and the Invisalign require changing the trays every 2 weeks you’ll have fewer visits to the dentist with the Invisalign.
Invisalign are more transparent in their appearance and thus nearly unnoticeable. For this reason, they are a very popular choice for those who don’t want them noticed. While the ceramic braces are nearly unnoticeable, people who are up close and personal can still see the brackets. It’s also more difficult to floss and brush the teeth with the ceramic braces. It’s also more challenging to eat with these types of braces.
It’s far easier to brush and floss with the Invisalign as they are removable. This means that you can take them out after meals and properly brush and floss the teeth. It’s more convenient and easier to care for the teeth.
At CitiDental in Albany, NY, we offer both clear ceramic braces and the Invisalign clear braces as well as the more common metal versions of braces. It’s important to understand the differences in the various types of braces. Our goal is for you to be happy with your choice and achieve the desired outcome. Give us a call today and let us show you the differences in the 3 kinds of braces.