Different types of braces: Clear vs. Metal braces
You may be considering receiving orthodontic work to straighten your teeth. Chances are you’ve been trying to decide between removable clear-braces, such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect, or traditional metal bracket and wire braces. It sounds great to have clear braces which you can actually remove when you want to eat or brush.
However, is it really as simple as it sounds? What are the qualifications for wearing clear braces? How much more does Invisalign treatment cost over traditional metal braces? Ultimately, which is the more suitable solution for my case? Here are some facts that can better help guide you in making the right decision.
Pros of Clear Braces (Invisalign or ClearCorrect)
There’s two major flaws when it comes to wearing clear braces: They are more limited in their range of treatment, and they cost much more than traditional braces. However if you both qualify for and can afford them, then clear braces an excellent way to straighten teeth. Here is why clear braces are such a great treatment for so many:
Clear braces look better and are easier to use
Let’s be honest, if you don’t want a whole bunch of metal showing when smiling, then clear braces are for you. Most working professionals in their twenties and thirties opt to go for Invisalign or ClearCorrect for this exact reason. This is a good time to wear clear braces should you qualify for them:
- Adults tend to comply better with instructions. This is exactly the reason why teenagers aren’t offered clear braces as a treatment option.
- Working professionals find it worthwhile to discreetly wear their clear trays and not have to show metal brackets and wires at work.
- You probably need to have a job to be able to afford clear braces treatment. Having dental insurance can come in handy. Your dental insurance might pay a portion towards your orthodontic treatment, which makes it much more affordable. Financing options are usually available if you have good credit.
It’s definitely nicer to be able to wear braces while having the ability to remove them when necessary. This makes eating and cleaning your teeth much, much easier. However before you get too excited we should note that you must wear your clear trays for at least 22 hours a day. So don’t expect to go without wearing them for too long!
Clear braces are more forgiving to your teeth
It is much easier to maintain good oral health with removable braces. Unfortunately the same can not be said of metal braces for the following reasons:
- Wearing metal brackets and wires makes it much more difficult to clean your teeth by yourself. In fact, flossing your teeth is no longer an option when wearing metal braces.
- Metal braces can interfere with your dental cleanings. It’s much more difficult for your dentist or hygienist to give you a thorough dental cleaning when in braces, no matter how hard they try. This is a good time to note that it’s highly recommended to obtain regular dental cleanings when wearing braces. In fact, it’s probably a better idea to increase the frequency of your checkup and cleanings just to play it safe.
- Wearing metal brackets can stain your teeth. It’s not uncommon to notice a chalky or stained appearance on your teeth after you’ve removed your brackets.
- Metal brackets can disguise cavities underneath them since the metal can obstruct and block out cavities on the X-ray. As a result it is not unusual to end up with several cavities or even your first root canal when you’ve been wearing metal braces for too long.
Easier orthodontic visits
If you receive removable clear braces, typically all of your trays are produced upfront and then handed to you on subsequent appointments. All you need to do from here on is continue to wear your trays in the order that they’re given to you. On the other hand, treatment with metal braces requires more frequent office visits. Appointments also tend to be longer and more difficult as well.