Invisalign vs Clear Braces: How Do I Choose?

If you want straighter teeth, you have several options to choose from. In the past, the primary option available to people who wanted to straighten their teeth was traditional, metal braces. However, advances in technology have allowed orthodontists to offer alternative treatments. Two of the most popular alternative treatments are Invisalign and clear braces. Below is some information about Invisalign vs clear braces to help you make the best choice.

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Invisalign vs Clear Braces

When comparing Invisalign vs clear braces, it helps to first consider the similarities. In general, these two treatment options are similar in that they offer a less obvious alternative to traditional treatments. Both Invisalign and clear braces are designed to blend in and be less noticeable than the silver metal brackets of traditional braces. However, there are also differences between these two options. Some of these differences include:

  • Design – Clear braces are similar to traditional braces in that they are attached to your individual teeth. Invisalign, on the other hand, fits over all of your teeth.
  • Removability – While Invisalign can be removed for eating and drinking, clear braces remain in place all the time throughout treatment.
  • Number of adjustments – Invisalign makes much more gradual changes to the alignment of your teeth. In general, the trays used for Invisalign treatment must be changed every few weeks. Clear braces, on the other hand, require fewer adjustments to achieve the same result.
  • Office visits – Although clear braces don’t require as many adjustments as Invisalign, you must come into the office every time an adjustment is needed. With Invisalign, you will simply switch to a different tray on your own when an adjustment is needed.
  • Irritation – Clear braces are more likely to irritate surrounding tissue than Invisalign.

These are a few  of the differences when comparing Invisalign vs clear braces. To review which options make the most sense for you, contact us today at Roeder Orthodontics to discuss a personalized treatment plan.

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