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Clear Braces Vs. Metal Braces; Are They Equally Effective?

Clear braces are by far one of the most sought-after orthodontic treatment mechanisms in dentistry all over the world now. They are increasingly gaining popularity because of their many obvious benefits and they are being used by many people who may otherwise have opted out of ortho treatment had they been introduced only to traditional metal braces.
This is even more so in the case of Las Vegas. People here generally want their teeth to be aligned and their smiles to be flawless at all times. Hence more and more people are looking for better alternatives to achieve these. Thankfully, when it comes to clear braces Las Vegas has a number of options where you can have experienced cosmetic dentists taking care of your teeth concerns. Needless to say, there are more people seeking treatment with clear braces as well.

Dr. Richard Racanelli of Stunning Smiles of Las Vegas is a renowned cosmetic dentist in Las Vegas says that there has been an increase in the number of patients opting for clear braces in the recent past. As opposed to metal braces, clear braces are more readily accepted by patients if recommended by their cosmetic dentist. (To ask Dr. Racanelli a question about clear braces, please click here)

However, one of the most common questions that Dr. Racanelli receives in relation to clear braces is whether they are as effective as metal braces.

There is a general notion that something as flimsy as clear plastic will not be able to provide results as effective as something made of metal. Although theoretically, metal may be stronger than plastic, in case of braces though, the effectiveness of the treatment lies in the approach of the treatment and the functionality of the mechanism used, rather than the material. The way clear braces tackle teeth distortion is different from the way metal braces tackle the same. Other than that there are many more differences that essentially change the way each one targets the teeth anomalies.

Being one of the common concerns of people looking to get treated with clear braces Las Vegas, here is a breakdown of the major differences between treatment with clear braces and with metal braces.

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Functionality – First things first, we are talking about functionality. In case of metal braces, your cosmetic dentist will place brackets over the surface of each of your teeth and bind them with wires and rubber bands. The patients are then required to visit their dentist about once in a month to tighten or adjust their wires and if needed get them replaced. These visits basically ensure that the teeth are moving as intended and they control the movement.

In the case of clear braces, on the other hand, clear plastic trays are custom made to suit your teeth. They are effectively invisible when you’re wearing them as long as they are clean. They are made according to the unique shape of your teeth and they surround your teeth completely, fitting snugly on to them.

The patients are required to visit their dentist in Las Vegas every two weeks to get their clear braces replaced with a new one. As the teeth start moving, the braces may get loose or ill-fitting. Hence, they have to be changed every two weeks in order to ensure that the teeth are moving as desired.

Approach – Metal braces apply pressure on the teeth to move using wires and the tension from the rubber bands. The pressure is evenly distributed on all the teeth using the brackets and together they are pulled or pushed to reach the desired position.
In the case of clear braces, pressure is applied to the teeth with the help of the plastic trays. The pressure falls according to how well the braces fit the teeth. As the teeth start moving, new sets of braces are used which fit tighter on the teeth, causing them to move again.
Visibility – As is apparent, metal braces are externally visible; the brackets and the wires will be visible throughout the treatment.
Clear braces are of course externally invisible. They appear clear and completely transparent as long as they remain clean.
Food consumption – Traditional metal braces are not required to be taken off by the patient when consuming food or drinks. As a matter of fact, it is not possible for the patients to take off metal braces during treatment. They can be taken off or adjusted only with the help of your cosmetic dentist.

This can cause your teeth and your braces to retain food particles and appear unappealing later on. It can also be difficult to clean your braces.

Clear braces, on the other hand, are required to be taken off during food consumption. They can easily be taken off and put back on after food and drinks, as they snap themselves on to your teeth. This allows you to consume food freely without worrying about your braces getting dirty. You can clean your mouth thoroughly after having food and put back your braces.
Duration of treatment – Traditional metal braces have to be worn at all times during the treatment. They cannot be taken off at any time. The entire treatment time of for metal braces depends on the severity and complexity of the teeth distortion, and the general responsiveness of your teeth to the pressure.

Clear braces are required to be worn for at least 20- 22 hours each day. You are allowed to take them off while having food and drinks though. However, the total treatment time is often much shorter than metal braces.
In both cases, the treatment time and duration will be discussed with you promptly by your cosmetic dentist, before starting either treatment.

As is evident from the above points of differences, clear braces have an advantage over metal braces in many ways. At the same time, the effectiveness remains the same in both cases. This explains why there are more people opting for clear braces Las Vegas and all over the world at large. If you have further doubts and concerns about the treatment you can always consult your nearest cosmetic dentist and have your orthodontic options spelled out. In Las Vegas, we highly suggest you call Dr. Racanelli. He is one of the best cosmetic dentist in the city and has over 700+ 5 stars Google and Yelp reviews from very happy patients attesting to his skills and knowledge when it comes to dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and clear braces (Invisalign).

Dr. Racanelli is one of two cosmetic dentist in Las Vegas to be allowed to perform the Propel Accelerated Invisalign Program which often cuts down your treatment time by 65%. Give him a call today – 702-736-0016. They will do everything they can to wow you too!