Clear braces vs. Invisalign

Clear braces vs. Invisalign
Posted on 01/09/2019
Clear braces vs. Invisalign

Adult Orthodontics in Scottsdale, AZ

Clear braces vs. InvisalignHere at APDO, we believe everyone deserves a beautiful smile. That’s why we’re proud to offer a variety of services, including adult orthodontic treatments, to patients of all ages throughout Scottsdale and the surrounding areas. Scottsdale clear braces and Invisalign are similar in the fact that they each offer a less noticeable way to straighten the teeth. Let’s take a look at both options below.

What Are Clear Braces?

Clear braces are made of a ceramic material made to blend in with the color of the teeth, providing a discreet way to straighten a smile. They function in much the same way as traditional metal braces but are a more delicate, less durable and more costly, due to the ceramic material the brackets are made from. Here are a few more characteristics of the clear braces our Scottsdale :

  • Can treat more extensive cases - Because of their functionality, clear braces can handle more severe or complex orthodontic cases than Invisalign cannot, such as crossbite, malocclusion, or severely crooked teeth.
  • Require fewer adjustments - Clear braces typically need to be adjusted about once every month or so, while Invisalign requires more frequent adjustments due to the progressive nature of the treatment.
  • Can be prone to staining - The elastics which hold the brackets in place can be easily stained, especially when coffee, wine, curry, or other pigmented foods are regularly consumed.

What is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a series of aligner trays that are custom made to fit the patient’s smile. Each tray is worn for several weeks before the patient moves on to the next tray. When all trays have been worn and treatment has been completed, the teeth will be aligned to their proper positions. Invisalign aligners are clear, removable, and are usually not noticed by anyone but the patient.

  • Transparent - Invisalign trays are completely clear, offering a virtually transparent and barely visible look. While clear braces are more discreet than metal braces, they are more noticeable than Invisalign.
  • Removable - The aligners are removable and allow patients to eat, drink, and brush as they normally would. This is very convenient and also enables better oral hygiene as patients are able to keep their teeth and gums clean and healthy through the entire process.
  • Require discipline & more visits to your orthodontist - While there are many great benefits to Invisalign, patients who opt for this treatment must have the discipline to wear the aligners and remove them when eating, drinking and brushing. Invisalign also requires more visits to your Scottsdale orthodontist for monitoring and to begin the next set of treatment.

Are Clear Braces or Invisalign Right For Me?

Your Scottsdale orthodontist will work closely with you to determine the best treatment option for straightening your smile, depending on a variety of factors. Your orthodontic case, desired results, and lifestyle will all need to be discussed in order to discover which treatment will be most effective. If you have a complex case, such as severe bite issues, very crooked teeth, or malocclusions, your orthodontist may recommend clear or traditional braces over Invisalign.

Schedule An Appointment With Your Scottsdale Orthodontist Today!

At APDO, we are committed to seeing you beam with confidence and joy over your new smile. Whether you opt for clear braces, Invisalign, or any of our other treatments, we’re confident that with our skilled team and friendly service, you’ll love the results! If you’re ready to transform your smile, we encourage you to book an appointment today, or contact us to discuss any questions related to adult orthodontics. We can’t wait to help you achieve the smile of your dreams!