Clear Braces vs. Traditional Braces

Clear Braces vs. Traditional Braces

Up until fairly recently, the only options available for straightening teeth were with unattractive metal wire braces or uncomfortable headgear. Thanks to advancements in dental technology, there are now more options for both children and adults. The professionals at Xmile Orthodontics in Pasadena, TX can help you find the perfect solution for giving you a smile you’ll love.

Traditional braces

Still a popular solution because it remains very effective, traditional braces consist of a system of metal brackets adhered to the teeth. They are connected with metal wires that are periodically tightened to exert a small pressure on the teeth and change their position. Advancements with this method of teeth straightening have made it less conspicuous and less invasive – they now have smaller brackets and some have wires that are heat-activated (by body heat), which helps to reduce the pain associated with the treatment.

Benefits of traditional braces are that they are cost-effective and they require no additional work on the part of the user. Additionally, they are somewhat customizable with a choice of multi-colored bands. Drawbacks to the treatment include that they are painful to use and have adjusted, are noticeable, and are prone to irritating the gums and inside of the cheeks.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are also known as “clear braces.” They consist of the same structure as traditional braces, but are made of ceramic instead of metal and so are better matched to the color of the teeth, making them less noticeable. Clear wires can be used with these braces to make them even less conspicuous.

The pros of ceramic braces include that they are not as visually obvious as metal braces, they produce faster results than clear plastic aligners, and they are not as irritating to the mouth and gums as metal braces. However, they are more easily stained and they require excessive maintenance to keep their “clear” appearance.


The Invisalign procedure is quickly gaining popularity as an orthodontic treatment because it is a more comfortable treatment and is not noticeable in the mouth. It consists of 18 to 30 clear aligners that are custom-made to fit a patient’s teeth and worn in a specific order, gradually changing their position.

Invisalign offers several benefits over other braces, including that they are almost completely invisible, are removable (making it easier to clean the teeth and the aligners), and place no restrictions on a person’s diet. However, they cannot be used to treat all orthodontic issues, cannot be used by children, and results may take longer than with metal braces.

When choosing your orthodontic treatment, speak with your dentist at Xmile Orthodontics. Dr. Morales in Pasadena, TX has the expertise and experience to help you choose the best treatment that matches your goals, budget, and lifestyle.

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