Clear Braces vs Metal Braces: What’s The Difference? - West Edmonton Dentist - Family Dental Clinic in West Edmonton

One of your most distinguishing qualities is your smile. Nobody knows this better than Design Dentistry. Today, we’ll discuss the differences between metal and clear braces. If you had braces as a kid, they were most likely metal braces. Clear braces have become possible thanks to advancements in orthodontics, and metal braces have also improved.

How do braces work? 

Braces are used to straighten your teeth and dental health problems. Perhaps you have a crossbite, underbite, or overbite. Perhaps one of your teeth is out of place. As your teeth wear down unevenly, these bite disorders can lead to further dental problems. On the other hand, braces solve all of these issues by connecting a bracket to each tooth. Each bracket has a wire threaded through it and fastened in the rear. A mechanism on the back molar brackets allows dentists to tighten this wire. The continual pressure on the wire causes the teeth to shift. We change the tension and pressure slightly each time you visit our clinic. Your teeth will move into the perfect smile over time! The length of time it takes braces to do their duty is determined by the amount of correction required. Light adjustments take around a year to complete, while more serious corrections can take up to two years. 

What are traditional metal braces? 

If you had braces as a kid, chances are they were metal braces. You might recall them as being uncomfortable or unpleasant, but they’ve come a long way since then. When we put metal braces, we use a particular type of cement to glue the brackets to your teeth. The brackets we use today are significantly smaller than those used previously. Ligatures are rubber bands that keep the wire against the bracket. You will be more comfortable with smaller brackets. Large, clumsy braces frequently hooked patients’ cheeks and lips. The brackets are now out of the way and much easier to adjust. Many people, however, are hesitant to have metal braces because of how they appear. Clear braces are also a great option if you are worried about how distracting metal braces are. 

What are clear braces?

Traditional metal braces straighten the teeth, and clear braces do the same. The distinction is that they are distinct and less obvious. Each tooth is fitted with a bracket in metal braces. A metal wire joins all the brackets after an elastic ligature (very small rubber band) is wrapped around each one. The archwire is held in place on each bracket by the elastic. Clear braces are made the same way as metal braces; only the materials used are clear. The brackets are made of porcelain rather than metal and are coloured to match the colour of your teeth. If you wish to know more about your orthodontic options, visit your Edmonton dentist.

What is the difference between metal braces to clear braces?

The most obvious benefit of clear braces is their aesthetic appeal. Metal braces appear more artificial than ceramic braces. There are, however, certain drawbacks to consider. Ceramic brackets are often larger than metal brackets. Although this is rarely a problem, some people may be bothered by it. They are less prone to snag or cut your mouth, which is good. Metal braces are stronger and can withstand more strain. As a result, they are better suited to drastic corrections that require more pressure.

On the other hand, ceramic brackets may break due to impact or severe tension. Metal brackets are more prone to coming loose from the tooth. Your Edmonton dentist dislodged brackets during treatment are pretty normal in both circumstances. Metal braces are recommended for young athletes who play football or other contact sports such as hockey. Finally, ceramic braces necessitate greater tooth cleanliness. Food is more likely to get caught in the bracket or under it. To avoid any problems, brush often and thoroughly.

To know more about the difference between clear braces and metal braces and what works best for you, visit our office or call us at 780-484-8138 to book an appointment!