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If you’re looking into orthodontic treatment, you might be aware of many different options for braces. It can be overwhelming if you don’t know which method is best for your case. Many people choose traditional metal braces for their treatment, however, Invisalign® and clear braces are other options that you might consider. Our orthodontist in Manchester explains more about their differences below.
The main difference between Invisalign and clear braces is that Invisalign is a series of clear aligner trays, while clear braces are similar to traditional braces with an archwire; however, the brackets are clear, small, and much less noticeable. Clear braces are permanently affixed to your teeth, while Invisalign trays are removable, making it easier to brush and floss and eat your favorite foods.
Invisalign and clear braces are more discreet than traditional braces. For teenagers, they can help preserve confidence, especially for events like school pictures. They can also help adults preserve confidence and are a great choice for people with client or public-facing positions (if you give a lot of presentations, or are on TV, etc.). Since Invisalign trays are transparent and removable, you may also take them out temporarily for important meetings or events such as photoshoots.
Invisalign treatment is generally faster than traditional, wired braces. Factors that should be taken into account when choosing these treatments include the severity of your orthodontic problem (if you have mildly crooked teeth, Invisalign is a great choice, as it is a quick and effective treatment). If you have more severe misalignment or jaw problems, such as an underbite, overbite, or very crooked teeth, it is possible that you have to go the traditional route with clear braces, as the pressure from Invisalign trays might not be enough to correct your bite. Our orthodontist can tell you more after examining your specific case.
The information provided in this article is not meant to be medical advice and is for educational purposes only. If you would like to learn more about this and other topics related to orthodontics, feel free to contact Simply Orthodontics, with a convenient orthodontist office in Manchester by clicking here or by calling 603.676.7207.