What’s Better – Clear Braces or Metal Braces?

What’s Better – Clear Braces or Metal Braces?

Advancements in dental and orthodontic treatment have given patients more options than ever for helping their smiles look and feel healthier. These new treatment options are often more comfortable and discreet, and in the case of clear braces vs. metal braces, can leave you wondering which is best.

The truth is that both clear braces and regular metal braces are capable of straightening your teeth, but consider some of the pros and cons below:

  • Metal braces treat the widest variety of dental problems – If you have severe orthodontic issues, such as complicated bite misalignment, regular braces are often the best way to address these problems and leave you with a stunning new smile. However, complex bite and alignment issues don’t happen to everyone, which means that…
  • Clear aligner therapy can treat most patients – Orthodontic systems that use clear plastic aligners to move your teeth, such as Invisalign® does, are able to treat moderate orthodontic problems, such as crowded teeth or teeth that are spaced too far apart. But for your clear aligners to do their best…
  • You have to be diligent about wearing your clear aligner trays – Systems like Invisalign® work their best when you wear them for the recommended time. Your clear aligners should be kept on for at least 22 hours a day and they should only be removed for eating and brushing your teeth. If you’re worried about being able to keep to a regimen of wearing your aligner trays, but still want to keep a low profile for orthodontic treatment, consider that…
  • You can choose tooth-colored metal braces for straightening your teeth – Dr. Carr offers Six Month Smiles, which is a twist on modern braces. With tooth-colored brackets and wires, Six Month Smiles blends in with your natural teeth and treats orthodontic problems without the high visibility of metal braces and in a shorter amount of time.

No matter what your dental issue may be, Dr. Carr has options to help you with metal braces, Invisalign®, and Six Month Smiles in Temecula and Hemet. Contact one of our offices today to learn more about getting braces for a more beautiful smile.

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