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Comparison Of Invisalign Vs. Clear Braces

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When it comes to selecting the best orthodontic treatment for you, there are several aspects to consider. Clear Aligners and ceramic braces are becoming hugely popular as a more inconspicuous alternative to traditional braces for those who are seeking orthodontic treatment. That’s why at Berryessa Dental, our dentist and orthodontist are delighted to offer our patients Invisalign and transparent braces, two popular, advanced, and favorite options for patients! However, before deciding which of these therapy alternatives is best for you, you must first grasp their differences.  

Ceramic Braces

While ceramic braces are similar to regular metal braces, many people believe they have a better aesthetic appeal. These work in the same manner as metal braces, using an archwire that runs through brackets attached to the teeth. On the other hand, Ceramic braces have brackets made of a translucent and tooth-colored material that, once attached to the teeth, blend in with the natural color of your teeth, making them practically undetectable. While ceramic braces have many advantages, there are a few things to consider. While the bracket material itself is stain-resistant, the transparent rubber bands that wrap around each bracket are susceptible to staining, so it’ll be vital to keep discoloration to a minimum by not only cleaning and flossing regularly but also avoiding foods and drinks that stain easily (such as soda, coffee, tea, and tomato-based products). Because of the tiny difference in substance, ceramic brace brackets aren’t nearly as strong as their metal counterparts and become a bit more prone to breaking. Because of this, they are avoiding particularly hard, crunchy, or sticky foods will be even more critical while wearing transparent braces. However, because these foods should be avoided throughout traditional braces treatments, the benefit of such a discreet orthodontic therapy usually overcomes the disadvantages.


Invisalign is a treatment option that is very different from traditional or even ceramic braces. Instead of using brackets and archwires to move teeth into place, Invisalign uses a series of translucent, plastic aligner trays to shift teeth into place progressively. But before moving on to the next tray, each Invisalign tray is worn for two weeks and 22 hours per day. For many reasons, Invisalign therapy is becoming increasingly popular among orthodontic patients. To begin with, the aligner trays are meant to be practically inconspicuous, with no brackets or wires to draw attention to themselves. Because they are composed of smooth plastic, Invisalign aligners are far more pleasant than traditional or clear braces and are less prone to irritate patients’ mouths. The removable trays provide a high level of convenience for those who aren’t ready to give up their favorite foods just yet. It also makes oral hygiene practices much easier because there are no wires or brackets to catch food in. When you’re getting Invisalign treatment, your everyday habits don’t have to change much; the most important thing is to make sure the aligner trays are worn for the recommended length of time each day.