Clear braces and Invisalign braces are both discreet, but which one is right for you?
We’ve come up with this handy set of questions to help you determine whether clear braces or Invisalign aligners are best for you.
Can you visit the orthodontic practice every 6 weeks?
When you are wearing clear braces you fill you’ll have to visit the orthodontist more regularly as compared to Invisalign braces. Expect to visit your orthodontist around every 6 weeks during clear braces treatment for one of the following reasons: a new braces wire change, to replace rubber bands, attachment of brackets, tightening (using something called a ‘power chain’) or what we call an emergency visit which is usually due to discomfort caused by a wire poking into your lips or gums. If 6 weekly visits sounds doable for you then clear braces could be your answer but if you’d prefer to visit the orthodontic practice much less, then consider Invisalign clear aligners. At Urban Smile our Invisalign patients are monitored from the comfort of their own home (or holiday destination!) via our smart phone app. Our Invisalgn patients only need to see our Orthodontists in person about 5 times during their entire orthodontic journey.
Do you want to continue to eat all of your usual foods?
Clear braces brackets are bonded to the teeth with a clear adhesive material. With clear braces orthodontics, you need to avoid eating hard and sticky foods as these could cause the brackets to de-bond. If you are keen to continue to eat hard foods (such as apples and raw carrots) during your clear braces journey, then we recommend cutting them into small pieces. But if this all sounds like too much trouble then perhaps Invisalign clear aligners are best for you. Invisalign trays are removable, meaning you can continue to enjoy all of your usual foods. If you are out at a restaurant we recommend removing your aligners before you enter the restaurant or perhaps popping to bathroom when you arrive. That way you can avoid feeling embarrassed by removing the Invisalign trays in front of your friends. Of cause their are still some foods that you should avoid eating no matter whether you choose clear braces or clear aligners. These foods include anything with a high acidity or high sugar content. Both can types of foods can be damaging to your teeth and we want you to have both a straight smile and healthy teeth.
Have you had braces before?
Normally people who have had braces before think that clear braces are their only option. But often Invisalign aligners are a great solution. The aligners are less noticeable than clear braces and much more comfortable. Often adults who have experienced braces as a child qualify for our short Invisalign treatment called Urban Bronze. This aligner treatment is a great alternative to clear braces and only lasts for 6 – 9 months.
Do you mind if people notice your clear braces?
Clear braces are made of a ceramic material. Traditional braces are made from metal and Invisalign clear aligners are made from a BPA-free plastic. Clear ceramic braces are intended to match the colour of enamel, but of course not everyone’s teeth are the same colour, so often the clear braces are noticeable from a distance. The clear brackets are also often larger than the metal braces. If you are looking for a more transparent material then consider Invisalign clear aligners. But keep in mind that Invisalign isn’t completely transparent. In order for the clear plastic to be able to pull or push your teeth in the right direction with the correct amount of force, often you will need small ‘attachments’ placed onto some of your teeth. These attachments give the aligners something to hold onto, making your final treatment result more predictable.
We hope these questions have helped you determine whether you prefer clear braces or clear aligners. We would be happy to answer any further questions you may have during one of our Free Online Consultations