Are Clear Braces Better Than Metal
Both clear braces and metal braces do an excellent job of realigning the teeth. However, there are some advantages to clear braces.
For starters, it’s much easier to get a young patient to accept the idea of wearing braces if the braces are difficult for others to see. Often, patients dread the idea of metal braces if they are of age to begin dating. They feel that metal braces will ruin their social lives and romantic prospects.
Also, clear braces such as Invisalign and Clear Choice are removable, which means they won’t interfere with school activities. For example, patients can play brass and wind instruments in the school band with the same ease as their bandmates who don’t wear braces.
Also, there may be rules against competing in some youth contact sports while wearing metal braces. If so, clear braces will put you back into the game because, once again, they’re removable.
Both metal braces and clear braces have to be adjusted or changed regularly as the teeth begin to respond to the treatment and move closer to their correct locations. The adjustment with the metal braces can leave some patients complaining of soreness for a few days. In contrast, Invisalign and Clear Choice use aligners, which patients adjust to much easier.
Cleaning is uncomplicated with removable clear braces. You brush your teeth as you normally would. With metal braces, the wires make it a challenge to clear your teeth thoroughly. Special instruments are recommended to get the job done properly.