The Clear Choice
Clear braces can be an excellent solution for straightening your teeth using discrete braces which are not easily noticeable, and Premier Orthodontics has treated an extensive number of cases for patients in Ventura County using clear braces. Although we offer both treatment options, clear braces are not Invisalign. Invisalign is clear removable aligners, and there are somes cases in which Invisalign isn’t an effective orthodontic treatment. Clear braces are the same concept as traditional metal braces in that brackets are attached to teeth and supported by wires. Through careful adjustment of these brackets and wires, an orthodontist can guide teeth into an optimal position and ensure ongoing oral health. What makes clear braces unique is that the brackets are constructed using a special ceramic material which can be either transparent or can be color matched to discreetly blend in with the patient’s teeth.
If you’re interested in clear braces or Invisalign, then you’re obviously seeking a teeth straightening solution which is designed for certain aesthetic considerations during the orthodontic treatment. Comparing clear braces to Invisalign is a natural part of the decision making process for any patient seeking an alternative to traditional metal braces. Although each solution provides a discrete cosmetic appearance, a major part of your decision is going to depend on your case and the specific nature of your orthodontic complication.
There are certain orthodontic cases which Invisalign can’t correct as well as (or at all compared to) traditional bracket and wire braces. For patients with severe cases of Crossbite, Malocclusions, severely crooked teeth, other jaw abnormalities, the more passive design of Invisalign won’t be able to bring the dramatic structural changes necessary to optimize your jaw position, bite, and smile. Braces are able to create more dramatic alterations, and if you have a severe example of an orthodontic condition, then a dramatic alteration might be exactly what you need. In cases such as these, Invisalign won’t be an option for you, but using clear ceramic braces we can minimize the appearance of your braces while still working to optimize your bite and improve your oral health. So if you have a severe orthodontic case and having a discreet orthodontic device is a priority, then clear braces are the best option for your case.
Clear braces are never the wrong option. They can resolve any orthodontic problem that traditional metal braces can address, but they do it with the added benefit of using either clear or color matched ceramic brackets. So regardless of your orthodontic condition, clear braces are always a great option for you.
That being said, there are instances in which—depending on your particular goals—clear braces may not be the absolute best match for you. Invisalign is less noticeable than clear brackets, and Invisalign can comfortably address most common orthodontic problems. So if you have a mild to moderate orthodontic condition, and the most discrete or transparent orthodontic device is a must-have, then Invisalign is the best option for you.
Treatment time may also be a deciding factor when comparing clear braces to Invisalign. For most mild to moderate l orthodontic conditions, Invisalign can help you reach an optimized bit and smile somewhat faster than bracketed braces, especially when using an accelerating device for your treatment. So if reaching an optimized bite as fast as possible is important to you, then Invisalign is the best option for you.
The design of Invisalign is naturally more comfortable than clear braces for most patients. Provided your case doesn’t require bracketed braces to optimize your smile, Invisalign is your best option and will provide the greatest comfort.
There’s a lot of options to consider, and the best treatment plan for you is going to be dependent on your unique case. Before you can start thinking about whether to choose clear braces or any other orthodontic device, you should schedule an evaluation. Our doctors will carefully evaluate your case, develop a treatment plan unique to you, and then provide you with device and pricing options.