An orthodontist is a specialist who can correct a malocclusion, which is an improper formation of permanent teeth. Crowding, spacing, underbites and overbites are some of the most common problems that are treated by such an expert. A traditional treatment requires a patient to wear braces that are bonded to the teeth. But what are the differences between clear vs traditional braces?

A Look at Traditional Braces

Conventional braces include metal brackets that are cemented to the front surface of teeth. Our orthodontist uses special mechanics to manipulate the braces in order to gradually align the teeth. Arch wires, bands, coil springs and elastic ligatures also make up the hardware of such classic orthodontic installations.

Overview on Clear Braces

When it comes down to clear vs traditional braces, the latter can be quite embarrassing for some people, especially young adults who attend college or work in professional settings. There is a social stigma that comes with wearing metal braces that are very apparent. Fortunately, there are some great cosmetic alternatives that are available for orthodontic patients who want to feel more confident in their daily lives.

Conventional clear braces are made of ceramic, which is a material that’s available in many custom colors and textures. Our orthodontist can install brackets that match the enamel of adjacent teeth. This treatment is much more discreet than traditional braces. Overall, ceramic braces are not as strong or durable as metal braces. Therefore, ceramic is only recommended for people who are diagnosed with mild to moderate forms of malocclusion.

Clear Aligners

Since their introduction to the American market, clear aligners have revolutionized orthodontic treatment on a great scale. Invisalign® is a prime example of a proprietary technology that’s used to provide alternative treatment options to orthodontic patients nationwide. These aligners have a nearly transparent texture and lightweight design, and the material is strong enough to apply tension and pressure to the teeth.

Clear aligners are essentially removable mouthpieces that are more convenient than traditional braces. However, patients are supposed to take out the appliances only before meals and oral hygiene habits. The aligners are customized based on precise computerized images.

When it comes down to clear vs traditional braces, the best way to determine which treatment is best for you is to visit the office of Brodie Bowman, DMD, with locations in Niceville and Fort Walton Beach. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and get started!