Written by Dr. Febin Mary George, BDS | Medically Reviewed by Dr. Shaista Salam, BDS; Dr. Zein El Hammouz, DDS, MFD/RCSI
2. Metal Braces vs. Clear Aligners: Differences
3. How to choose the best treatment method for you?
4. Why should you choose Eon Aligner?
Braces and clear aligners are two popular orthodontic approaches that aim to treat misaligned teeth and give you a straight smile. Both methods move the teeth into their desired positions by exerting controlled forces.
As the name suggests, metal braces involve the use of metal components. Metal brackets are fixed onto the facial surface of your teeth, after which metal archwires are passed through these brackets.
If you want to make braces more discreet, you can select ceramic brackets that match the color of your teeth. These are referred to as ceramic braces. You can also fix your metal braces on the inner surfaces of your teeth, which are then called lingual braces.
Teeth aligners are removable appliances formed from a clear thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU) material that fits snugly around the teeth and brings about the desired tooth movements.
The differences between braces vs. clear aligners are listed below:
Braces: The archwires in traditional braces are made of metals like stainless steel and titanium, whereas brackets can be made of stainless steel or ceramic.4
Clear aligners: Dental aligners are made of thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU), a transparent material that can be easily molded and customized to fit your teeth properly.5
Metal braces: Braces generally have a dark metallic appearance which looks quite unaesthetic and unappealing to the eye.
Clear aligners: Clear aligners are virtually invisible as they are made out of transparent plastic material.
Metal Braces: With braces, there is a higher chance of causing traumatic ulcers on the inner side of the lips and cheeks. The metal brackets or the loose ends of the wires may rub against the soft tissue making metal braces uncomfortable and sometimes painful to wear.
Clear aligners: Aligners are made of smooth plastic material, making them highly comfortable to wear. Individuals may experience some tightness or pressure on the teeth for 1-2 days when they first wear their aligners. But this is only because of the force exerted by the aligners on the teeth. The uneasiness will disappear in a few days as the mouth adjusts to the aligners. 2
Metal Braces: They are fixed by the orthodontist and removed only at the end of the treatment. The patient cannot remove it.
Clear aligners: Clear aligners can easily be worn or removed by patients. This makes eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing much easier!
Metal Braces: Taking care of your teeth with metal braces is challenging because you need to use a special toothbrush to clean your teeth without causing any damage to the brackets.
You should avoid hard and crunchy foods as they may cause wire breakage or detachment of the brackets from the teeth.
Clear aligners: With aligners, taking care of your teeth is effortless. Every time you need to brush or floss, just take your aligners off and brush as you normally do. In addition, you can have anything your taste buds crave! Just remove your aligners if you are about to have any food or beverage other than water.
Cleaning your aligners is super simple! Just rinse your aligners with soap and running water.
Metal Braces: As metal braces are fixed, patients cannot remove them at will.
Clear aligners: The success of clear aligner therapy relies on patient compliance.
As aligners are removable, there is a high tendency for patients to reduce their wear-time, so always remember to keep your aligners on for a minimum of 22 hours daily.
Metal braces: They are great for treating complex orthodontic problems like severe crowding, rotations, or crossbite.
Clear aligners: Auxiliaries like attachments and elastics have broadened the spectrum of orthodontic cases that clear aligners can correct. With the proper clinical training and expertise, doctors can now treat even complex cases like impacted teeth or severe crowding with the help of auxiliaries.
Metal Braces: Wondering what’s the average time you will wear braces for? Treatment duration with braces generally takes longer than clear aligners, and you will have to come in for monthly appointments, which is a big hassle.
Clear Aligners: On average, clear aligners take anywhere from 8 to 10 months to straighten teeth and require less frequent follow-up visits than braces. So, if your question is, “Are clear aligners faster than braces?”, the answer is yes! Make sure to discuss your case with your orthodontist to get an exact timeline for your treatment.
Metal Braces: You can expect the cost of metal braces to be anywhere within the range of $3000 to $7000. The case's complexity and the treatment's severity are a few factors that decide the charges for your treatment with braces.
Clear aligners: The treatment cost with clear aligners can go from $4000-$7400. Minor corrections may need only a few sets of aligners, thereby reducing the overall cost and duration of the treatment. Your Eon-certified doctor would be the best person to determine the actual cost of your treatment.
With the advancing technology, the scope of treatment with clear aligners has widened considerably. Clear aligners have been used successfully in treating cases like3
With the proper training and the help of auxiliaries like attachments and elastics, experienced Eon-certified doctors can correct advanced cases like:
Case selection depends on multiple factors, including the case complexity and the doctor's experience.
While braces and clear aligners are both great treatment choices, you can consider a few factors before deciding on the one you want.
You can discuss with your doctor which option works best for you.
Metal braces and clear aligners are both great treatment options that can take away all your crooked-teeth-woes! Braces give accurate and high-quality results but, unfortunately, compromise facial aesthetics. In comparison, clear aligners make your life easier with numerous benefits like a virtually invisible appearance, easy removal whenever required, and the ability to maintain excellent oral hygiene.
Here’s how Eon Aligner is a class apart from other generic aligner brands:
As every case is different and demands a different treatment approach, reach out to us, and we will connect you with an Eon-certified doctor to discuss your case.