Clear Braces VS Invisalign: Which One Suits You Best

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When it comes to straightening your teeth, both clear braces and Invisalign will do a great job, but there are some differences that will have a big impact. Here we compare clear braces vs Invisalign to help you determine which option is best suited for you.

Clear Braces Cannot be Removed
One clear advantage for Invisalign aligners is that they can be removed for eating, drinking and cleaning your teeth. This means that you can eat and drink the foods you want, and easily clean your teeth before putting the aligners back in. A disadvantage is that you need to remember to clean your teeth every time you eat or drink something.

Many parents choose clear braces for their children because they cannot be removed, so there is less of a chance of their child losing or forgetting to wear their aligners.

You are Committed to Wearing Invisalign Aligners 22 Hours a Day
Invisalign aligners are only effective if they are worn for 22 hours out of every day. This means that you can take them out to eat and drink, but that’s about it. If you decide to take break, or regularly forget to put them back in they won’t work as effectively and will take a lot longer to get the result you are looking for.

Clear Braces Work Better for Complicated Dental Issues
Some dental issues such as bite correction, arch widening or severe tooth alignment need clear braces to fix the issue. Invisalign is a great choice for uncomplicated cosmetic dentistry issues and teeth straightening. But, there are also orthodontic issues that can and can’t invisalign correct. Talk to your dentist at Dr. Mark Rhody Dentistry to find out which option would work best for you.

Invisalign Looks More Discreet than Clear Braces
Many people prefer the look of Invisalign aligners to the look of clear braces. Although clear braces are far more discrete than traditional metal braces, they are attached to the outside of your teeth, so they can be seen. Invisalign are clear plastic liners that fit over the top of your teeth and are often so discreet that most people will not notice you are wearing them.

Clear Braces Don’t Need to be Adjusted as Often
Clear braces often cause more irritation at the start of treatment when the brackets are attached and the wires are tightened. Once they are installed, however, clear braces only require adjustment every four to six weeks. You need to use a new Invisalign aligner tray every two to three weeks.

With Braces, You Need to Be Careful About What you Eat
If you have clear braces you need to stay away from sticky or hard foods such as hard candy, toffee, apples, and carrots as these foods can get stuck in your braces or cause damage to your brackets. With Invisalign Toronto, you remove your aligners to eat so you can eat any food you want, as long as you clean your teeth afterward.

Both Clear Braces and Invisalign Aligners Can Get Stained
If you aren’t careful about what you eat and drink both clear braces and Invisalign aligners can get stained making them more noticeable. Smoking or drinking coffee, wine or other darkly coloured liquids can tint or stain the clear plastic on clear braces or Invisalign aligners if you don’t remove them before drinking.