Clear Braces Versus Traditional Braces

For many decades, traditional braces were the only option available for straightening teeth. But since the early 2000s, clear aligners have become an alternative for orthodontic treatment.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are made with metal brackets that are glued to your teeth and interconnected by wires or small rubber bands. While they are visible, there have been improvements to make the brackets close to the color of your teeth or, in the opposite direction, get them in your own choice of colors for a more personal touch.

ClearCorrect Clear Braces

ClearCorrect aligners are also known as clear aligners, or clear braces, because they only consist of BPA-free clear plastic. They are worn over the teeth, similar to a mouth guard, to move them into place gradually. Once your orthodontist makes a 3D image of your mouth using x-rays, impressions, and pictures, a set of trays are configured to align your teeth over time.

Traditional Braces vs. ClearCorrect Braces

  • Maintenance – While the end goal is straight teeth, the path to get there is very different between the two. The largest factor besides the color difference is the fact that ClearCorrect is removable while metal braces are not. This is incredibly helpful during meal times. Food can easily get trapped in traditional braces and will require a thorough cleaning after every meal.
  • Treatment Time – The average treatment time for someone with traditional braces is two years, while the average time for a ClearCorrect user that wears their clear aligners for 22-24 hours a day is 6 to 18 months. ClearCorrect works if the person wearing it does so consistently.
  • Dentist Visits – Traditional braces also require monthly visits to the orthodontist to get an orthodontic treatment which involves tightening the wires connecting the brackets to shift the teeth. For ClearCorrect wearers, just change to a new aligner tray every two weeks and visit your orthodontist every 4-6 weeks.
  • Treatment Cost – For many people, the cost is going to be the determining factor. Traditional braces, on average, are less expensive than ClearCorrect. However, the pros of using ClearCorrect greatly outweigh the cons and in many people’s opinion is worth every additional penny.