There are many orthodontic treatments available in the world today, which can make things a bit confusing and overwhelming. Each treatment has its own benefits, and they are all successful and reliable appliances, but what is the difference between clear braces and Invisalign®? Well, there are many differences between the two products, and we are happy to tell you what they are!
Clear braces, also known as ceramic braces, are an appliance that is glued to the front surfaces of your teeth. They are similar to traditional braces, but, instead of having metal wires and brackets, the clear braces have tooth-colored wires and brackets that blend in with your teeth, which gives you a natural look as you proceed through treatment. To continue changing your smile, you will need to come into our office frequently and get your appliance tightened and adjusted. This treatment is available to those who have non-serious alignment problems as well as those with serious alignment problems. As you go through treatment, you will need to be cautious of the foods and drinks you eat and drink, especially those that can break or stain your appliance. As far as brushing and flossing goes, you will need to make a few adjustments to your techniques. If necessary, your orthodontist will give you the guidelines you need to successfully brush and floss your teeth.
Invisalign is an orthodontic treatment that consists of multiple clear, plastic aligners. These aligners cover all of your teeth, like a rubber mouth guard would, and they gradually transform your smile throughout time. The aligners are removable, virtually invisible, and only available for those with non-serious alignment issues. As you proceed through treatment, you can eat and drink whatever you would like as well as brush and floss your teeth normally.
If you would like to learn more about Invisalign, clear braces, or other orthodontic treatments, we are happy to teach you! Just call our office today, talk to a member of our team, and ask any questions you have. We look forward to talking with you!