Clear Aligners or Metal Braces – Which is Best?

Female smiling and holding a clear aligner tray and a cast of teeth with metal braces

Are you tired of feeling self-conscious about your crooked teeth?

You’re not alone. With so many options available, knowing which one is best for you can be difficult.

This blog will compare two popular options: traditional metal braces and the almost invisible alternative, clear aligners.

The breakdown below will help you decide the best option for your smile. Keep reading to find out!

Is the choice clear?

According to surveys, 96 percent of people believe their smile significantly impacts their appearance and confidence.

Using Invisalign to straighten teeth is becoming increasingly popular, rather than the more traditional metal braces.

The advantages and disadvantages.

Invisalign works faster than traditional braces because the aligner trays are customized to each patient’s needs during the therapy, making it more effective.

Every few weeks, you’ll return to the office to pick up new aligners that have been custom-made for your needs.

As a result, most patients complete their therapy in less time than they would have with metal braces.

The pros and cons.


They are nearly undetectable.

When people think about Invisalign, their first thought is usually how virtually invisible these aligners are to wear. Metal braces typically stand out more.

There are no dietary or eating restrictions.

Braces come with a list of foods to avoid at all costs. Because certain foods can damage the tooth appliance, your orthodontic treatment could be postponed.

You can eat your regular diet.

Invisalign trays are removed for eating. Because there are no restrictions, you can eat normally. Nonetheless, there are some guidelines for the type of foods to avoid and best practices.

Brushing and flossing your teeth are easier.

Brushing and flossing with braces can be more difficult than regular brushing, which is why most patients dislike metal braces.

With Invisalign, the trays are removed for cleaning, making it easier to maintain proper dental hygiene when you remove the aligners from your mouth.

There will be fewer appointments.

Traditional braces require 18 to 24 months of treatment, but Invisalign can straighten your crooked teeth faster than conventional braces requiring 12 to 18 months.

There is less irritation and pain.

Braces will cause oral sores, irritation, and discomfort until your mouth adjusts. Invisalign, on the other hand, eliminates the need for brackets and wires, resulting in reduced overall pain and discomfort.

How effective is Invisalign over traditional braces?

Invisalign and metal braces are both regarded as effective techniques for straightening your teeth and improving your smile.

While traditional braces are more effective at treating severe difficulties, Invisalign is widely regarded as the most effective treatment option, particularly for moderately crowded teeth.

The takeaway.

Clear aligners are a popular orthodontic treatment option that can effectively straighten teeth using a series of clear, removable plastic trays.

While they have some advantages over traditional metal braces, it is important to talk with Dr. Webster to determine if metal braces or clear aligners are the best treatment option for you.

Call us today to discover your next step in creating the smile you deserve!

Webster Orthodontics proudly offers professional dentistry services to people in Las Vegas, Summerlin, Henderson, Mountain’s Edge, Centennial Hills, North Las Vegas, and NW Las Vegas.

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