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Are Clear Braces and Ceramic Braces the Same?

Differences Between Clear Braces and Ceramic Braces

If you’re interested in orthodontic treatment, you may be wondering what the difference between clear braces and ceramic braces is. Technically, clear braces and ceramic braces are the same thing. For clear braces, you can either use ceramic braces or braces made from clear-colored plastic.

Typically, adults are curious about ceramic braces because they are less visible than metal braces. If you want braces, consult with your orthodontist about the different orthodontic treatments available to make an informed decision.

This article will cover some of the benefits of having clear braces and the difference between clear braces, metal braces, and Invisalign®.

Benefits of Clear Braces

There are many benefits of clear braces, and they are a popular choice among adults seeking orthodontic treatment later in life. Some of the advantages of clear braces include:

  • They are less visible and more comfortable than metal braces
  • You can use them to treat a variety of orthodontic issues, including bite problems and crooked teeth
  • In most cases, they are as successful as traditional braces
  • They could be less expensive than Invisalign® and other discreet orthodontic treatments

If you are interested in learning more about ceramic braces in Miami, click here to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. Yazji today.

Clear Braces vs. Metal Braces

Clear and ceramic braces are more subtle than metal braces because they use clear or tooth-colored brackets. On the other hand, metal braces use brackets silver or gold in color. Since they are metal, they are more durable and correct more severe alignment issues.

Ceramic braces are a popular alternative among young adults and working professionals wanting to straighten their teeth without the harsh appearance of metal braces. With this option, you can customize the color of your braces to match the color of your teeth.

Since the materials used for clear braces are less durable than metal braces, they may require a longer treatment time. Ceramic braces are more likely to break since metal is sturdier. Therefore, depending on your orthodontic needs, your orthodontist may recommend using metal braces instead.

Invisalign® vs. Clear Braces

Invisalign, like clear braces, is a discreet orthodontic treatment. Invisalign® uses clear, plastic aligners to correct tooth alignment. However, it requires patient compliance and can be more expensive than clear braces.

Invisalign® treatment includes using a clear plastic aligner worn over your teeth. These aligners are custom-made and change as you progress through treatment. Invisalign® is a popular alternative among adults and older teens because it is less visible than metal braces and is removable for eating and brushing your teeth.

Since Invisalign® does not use brackets and wires, it requires less orthodontic checkups than regular or ceramic braces. It’s important to notice that if you have a severe orthodontic issue, your orthodontist may recommend using silver or clear braces over Invisalign®. However, Dr. Yazji is an experienced orthodontist with the Invisalign® system and she’s able to treat most cases with Invisalign® treatment.

As a general rule, if you have a complex orthodontic issue requiring more comprehensive treatment, traditional braces and clear braces may be the best treatment option for you.

The Bottom Line

Clear braces use transparent or tooth-colored brackets that blend in with your teeth, making them less visible than metal braces.

If you desire orthodontic treatment but are concerned about the appearance of metal braces, clear braces may be the right choice for you. But if you really want discreet braces, orthodontic treatment with lingual braces is what you should consider. Are you curious about lingual braces? Click here.

To learn more about clear braces in Miami and determine if they are the right treatment for you, schedule an appointment with Dr. Yazji today. She will go over your orthodontic treatment options and help you choose the best treatment plan for your needs. We understand that everyone’s orthodontic journey is different and offer a variety of treatments customized to each patient’s needs.

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