Invisalign or Clear Braces?

When you decide to straighten your teeth, you may feel overwhelmed by the many orthodontic treatment options available with advancements in dentistry. Your orthodontist can evaluate your smile and determine which services will help you get the smile of your dreams.

If you hope for a discreet orthodontic solution, your orthodontist can offer two highly beneficial choices. Dr. Scott McElroy, an orthodontist in San Ramon, CA, compares and contrasts two effective orthodontic treatments: Invisalign and clear braces.

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Clarity Ceramic Braces vs. Invisalign

Subtle Appearance with Both Orthodontic Treatments

Many dental patients hesitate to pursue orthodontic solutions because they worry that the fixtures will compromise the appearance of their smile during the course of their treatment. Orthodontists recognize this concern and have developed new treatments to combat the issue.

Invisalign aligners are clear-colored and constructed to fit your unique smile so that they will not slip out of place. Clarity Ceramic Braces feature brackets that are tooth-colored, which are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. With both treatments, you have more privacy in your treatment because they are less visible on your smile to a casual observer.

Severe Malocclusions May Need Braces

Dental professionals recommend Invisalign teeth straightening treatment for patients with mild or moderate alignment issues. More severe cases will likely need braces to straighten their smiles.

Patients notice quicker results on average with clear braces compared to Invisalign, though treatment length depends on each individual’s unique dental needs. Patients with braces tend to experience a straighter smile in ten weeks, compared to 12-18 months with Invisalign.

Oral Hygiene Advantages with Invisalign

Patients with braces have dietary restrictions so that hard or chewy foods do not damage their brackets. They may also have trouble brushing their teeth effectively as they maneuver their toothbrush around wires and brackets.

Invisalign features removable aligners that allow patients to eat as they normally would and practice their usual oral hygiene routine. Patients with clear braces must also worry about staining their brackets as they eat, while Invisalign users can take their fixtures out of their mouths when eating to prevent discoloration.

Invisalign Treatment Available in San Ramon, CA

McElroy Orthodontics offers Invisalign, braces, and other orthodontic solutions to patients in San Ramon, CA. We treat crooked teeth and malocclusions in patients of all ages. To schedule an appointment with our practice, contact our office online or reach our team by phone at 925.386.2208.