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The Differences Between Clear Braces and Traditional Braces

Posted on March 7, 2022

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If you’re one of the many people across the country in need of orthodontic treatment, you may be hesitant to immediately reach for traditional metal braces. While traditional braces were once the norm, there are many more options available today. Many people, especially adults, are considering clear braces because they’re self-conscious about the appearance of traditional braces.

Nonetheless, you’ll want to understand the differences between clear braces and traditional braces before moving forward with either option. Read on to learn about some of these differences.

1. No Tightening Required

Clear braces are created specifically for the individual wearing them. Metal braces, on the other hand, are applied to the teeth then tightened and adjusted over time. Typically, a patient with traditional braces needs to visit the orthodontist every few months. This can be time-consuming and uncomfortable for some. While you will need to switch out your clear braces for adjusted models over time, this won’t be as frequent or as uncomfortable as it could be with traditional braces.

2. You Can Remove Them

Unlike metal braces, clear braces are designed to be removed at certain times. For example, when you’re eating or brushing your teeth, your clear braces need to be taken out and set aside — though they should be put back in place immediately afterward. You must wear your clear braces for 20 to 22 hours a day in order for them to be effective.

3. You Must Clean Them Separately

When you brush your teeth, you’ll generally be able to clean your traditional braces in the process. With clear braces, you must clean them in a specific solution after they’ve been removed. This is a responsibility you must be prepared for if you decide to move forward with clear braces.

4. They Can Be More Expensive

Some clear braces can be more expensive than metal braces. With that in mind, they can also be financed, and generally, the cost difference is not major.
You should research your options and choose what is right for your lifestyle. If you aren’t sure if you should choose traditional or clear braces, reach out to the professionals at Silver Smiles today.


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