9.1.2021

Clear Braces and Invisalign are Not the Same Thing!

Clear braces and Invisalign® may sound similar—they’re both high-quality discreet treatments—but they differ greatly!

So what’s the difference? Let’s get to the bottom of clear braces vs. Invisalign, so you can make the best decision for you or your child’s smile.

First of all, what is Invisalign?

Invisalign is a modern orthodontic system that uses clear aligners, custom-made for each patient, to create beautiful smiles. Each set of aligners is designed to guide the teeth one step closer to the ideal alignment.

Invisalign aligners are worn for at least 22 hours every day, and can be removed as the patient needs. This is one of the main differentiators between Invisalign and braces—Invisalign can be removed and placed back in, and braces are non-removable during your treatment.

Who can use Invisalign?

Teens and adults can use Invisalign at Fishbein Orthodontics! While other orthodontists may not be able to treat some cases with Invisalign, our orthodontists’ level of experience, skill and expertise enables us to treat mild to severe cases.

We are proud to be Invisalign Diamond Plus providers, which is the highest level of achievement possible! We are the only orthodontic practice with this status in Pensacola, Navarre, Pace, Crestview, Ft. Walton, Niceville, Cantonment, Perdido, and surrounding areas.

Though most people can be treated with Invisalign at our practice, we’ll determine whether you’re a candidate for Invisalign treatment when you visit us for your complimentary consultation.

So what are clear braces then?

Many people want to transform their smile with braces, but they prefer a more discreet treatment option than traditional metal braces. This is where clear braces come into the picture!

Clear braces are also called ceramic braces, because the brackets are made of high-quality ceramic material. These brackets are relatively transparent and blend in with the natural color of the teeth, making them almost undetectable when you smile.

Ceramic braces work similarly to traditional braces, using brackets and wires to place strategic amounts of pressure on the teeth to guide them into the ideal end position.
Your orthodontist will bond the brackets to your teeth, then connect them via a strong archwire to apply pressure to the teeth.

When it comes to appearance with clear braces versus Invisalign, Invisalign is less noticeable than clear braces. The right option for you depends on your preferences!

Who can wear clear braces?

Clear braces can be used for people of any age! We can treat a number of different conditions with clear braces, including:

  • Crowded or crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Underbites
  • Overbites
  • Open bites
  • Cross bites

In general, clear braces will most likely be an ideal alternative if you’re not a good candidate for Invisalign.

Clear braces versus Invisalign: Commitment Required

Patients will need to invest time and energy into whatever solution will work best for them, but Invisalign does require more commitment in order for patients to experience the best results. Invisalign needs to be worn for at least 22 hours a day, and they’re removable, which means you have to commit to keeping them for as long as your orthodontist advises.

If you neglect wearing your clear aligners for too long, we may have to adjust your treatment plan to allow for a longer process.

If you feel you are too forgetful or can’t commit to at least 22 hours of wearing Invisalign every day, you may need a more hands-off approach to creating your best smile.

Clear braces cannot be removed, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting to put them back in your mouth. However, you will need to be extra diligent with brushing and flossing, as the brackets and archwire collect food particles and plaque.

Which is better? Clear braces or Invisalign?

The best treatment option for you will depend on your preferences and the severity of your condition. There are pros and cons to both Invisalign and clear braces. The best option should be determined on an individual basis.

If you want to find out which option is best for you, please schedule your complimentary exam with us! We’re here to guide you through your treatment process, from your very first visit, to your last appointment.

If you’re looking for a top orthodontist in Pensacola, Navarre, Pace, Crestview, Ft. Walton, Niceville, Cantonment, or Perdido, we’d love to meet you!