The Difference Between Clear and Metal Braces

Posted on January 31, 2019

What is the difference between clear and metal braces? This is a common question among new patients looking to start orthodontic treatment. Deciding whether or not you want to sport the traditional, metal brackets or the less noticeable, clear brackets can be a difficult decision. We are here to tell you that the decision is made solely on personal preference.

Will the clear brackets stain?

Clear brackets have come a long way since they were first introduced into orthodontics. Originally, they were made of a plastic material that caused them to stain very easily. Patients who drank coffee or had a high sugar diet would notice a discoloration of their brackets with this old technology. Clear brackets are now made of ceramic, which allows them to remain clear throughout your entire orthodontic treatment. Although the clear brackets will no longer stain, it is still important to monitor your sugar intake while wearing braces. Keep in mind the clear braces are actually clear, not white. They are designed to blend in with your tooth color to be less noticeable.

Can I get colored rubber bands on either bracket option?

At Cardinal Orthodontics, we use special brackets that have a small door holding the wire in place. This means that technically, our braces do not need rubber bands. However, we understand that having colors makes having braces a lot more fun! This is why we offer each patient the option to have colored rubber bands regardless if they have clear or metal braces. We will even change the colors of your bands at each appointment!

Which bracket is more efficient?

Fortunately, both metal and clear brackets can produce the same orthodontic results in the same amount of time. The major difference between the two is that one is less noticeable than the other. Although there is only a cosmetic difference, so patients have reported the metal brackets being slightly more comfortable.

Do clear braces cost more?

We offer clear and metal braces for the same price at Cardinal Orthodontics. At our practice, the cost will not be a factor when deciding between the two. Visit the links below to learn more about each treatment option.

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We hope this helped you make your decision between metal and clear braces a little easier. Remember, what is most important is basing your decision on what best suits your lifestyle! Either option will get you to the smile you’ve always wanted.

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