Clear Braces vs. Metal Braces

Braces help create a better version of you with a beautiful and healthy smile. With more options than ever, it’s never been easier to get results with braces. Learn more about the differences and applications of clear braces vs metal braces below.

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Traditional Metal Braces

Traditional metal braces are a well-loved and classic orthodontic appliance. Traditional braces use a series of metal brackets that are attached to your teeth and connected using an adjustable metal wire. These braces gradually shift your teeth into a healthier smile.

Metal braces require regular wire adjustments. These adjustments gradually increase the amount of pressure to correct misaligned bites.

Close up portrait of a teenage girl with braces, outdoor portrait. Camera Nikon D800 36 Megapixel. Image developed from raw

Benefits of Metal Braces

  • Cost-efficient option
  • Work around-the-clock to straighten teeth
  • Can help address problems ranging from minor concerns to severe issues

What You May Not Realize About Metal Braces

  • Modern metal braces are more comfortable than ever before. 
  • The elastics for metal braces come in a variety of colors that you can customize to your tastes

Clear Braces

Clear braces—also called “ceramic braces”—operate using the same principle as metal braces, but feature an advanced construction that provides a less visible treatment experience. Their transparent brackets and components blend into a person’s smile.

Clear braces are contoured to fit comfortably in your mouth. They are made of a durable material that can stand up to the demands of any lifestyle.

Female Mouth With Metal White Dental Braces Or Brackets

Benefits of Clear Braces

  • Less noticeable design
  • See-through brackets and ties blend in with your teeth 
  • Higher overall level of comfort

What You May Not Realize About Clear Braces

  • More delicate than metal brackets
  • Ceramic brackets can stain without regular maintenance

Which Braces Option is The Best For Me?

Both traditional braces and ceramic braces are great options. At Lazzara Orthodontics, we create a unique treatment for all of our patients. Whether you need clear braces, metal braces or are considering other options like Invisalign, we are confident that we can help you!  

Dr. Lazzara will use 20 plus years of award-winning experience to help you achieve your best self. Get started with the smile experts at Lazzara Orthodontics now

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