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How to Decide Between Clear Braces and Invisalign  Philadelphia, PA
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It can be extremely confusing deciding whether you want Invisalign® or clear braces. However, knowing the pros and cons can help you determine which one is suited for you.

Understanding Clear Braces and Invisalign

Clear braces, also called ceramic braces, involve using clear ceramic brackets with a metal or white-colored wire. They are almost identical to metal braces regarding how treatment works. The brackets are bonded to your teeth and then connected by an arch wire that applies pressure to the teeth, shifting them toward proper alignment. The average treatment can last anywhere between 16-18 months.

Invisalign treatment involves using several transparent, retainer-like aligners made from smooth, medical-grade plastic. The aligners, customized for each patient, are designed to shift the teeth slowly. The treatment usually takes nine months to a year, depending on the condition of your teeth.

Clear Braces Pros

  • Excellent Results: Braces can achieve better results than Invisalign.
  • Fewer Worries: Since clear braces are bonded to your teeth, you don’t need to remember to put them back on.

Invisalign Pros

  • Discreet: Invisalign aligners are practically invisible.
  • No-Diet: Invisalign aligners are removable, allowing you to take them out when you’re eating. That means you can continue eating whatever you desire!
  • Convenient: Flossing and brushing your teeth are simple tasks with nothing bonded to your teeth.
  • More Comfortable: Invisalign is more comfortable than braces because they’re smooth.
  • Fewer Consultations: Once you start your Invisalign treatment, you will only have to come in every eight to ten weeks to pick up new aligners versus every six weeks for adjustments with ceramic braces.

Clear Braces Cons

  • Strict Diet: You need to avoid a long list of foods, including sticky foods, when you’re wearing braces, as they can break the arch wire or dislodge a bracket.
  • Challenging Dental Care: Brushing and flossing can be more difficult, leading to staining and gum disease if proper dental care is not followed.
  • Brittle: Clear braces are more brittle than metal, making them prone to damage over time.
  • Irritation: The brackets and wires in clear braces can cause cuts and irritation on the inner lining of your cheeks and lips.

Invisalign Cons

  • Self-discipline: Successful Invisalign results require a lot of self-discipline. You must take your aligners in and out of your mouth every time you eat and brush your teeth. And you need to wear the aligners for at least 22 hours daily.

Which Treatment is Most Suitable for You?

Invisalign isn’t suitable for everyone. While your aesthetic desires are significant, your orthodontic needs should determine whether clear braces or Invisalign is your best option. For example, Invisalign treats moderate or mild cases, like gapped teeth, while clear braces can treat more extensive and complex issues, such as malocclusions and crossbites.

If you still don’t know which treatment is best suited to you, contact us at Broad Street Braces to schedule a consultation today. We can check your teeth and help you make a more informed decision.

Posted on behalf of Broad Street Braces

1819 S Broad St
Philadelphia, PA , 19148

Phone: (215) 234-3030


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Our Patient Reviews

Broad Street Braces

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Based on 387 reviews

Felicia W

Excellent staff, excellent service with trusty expertise. It was overall a great experience for my son and myself. We are highly satisfied with all the services performed today.

Alisa O

I am pleased with this Orthodontist location because they are very prompt with appointments. It's never a long wait. The staff is kind and willing to fix misunderstandings quickly. They actually play relaxing music in the office. My favorite staff member is Trinh because she answers questions gracefully. Trinh always greets me with a smile. Glad I chose this dental office.

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Really nice office. Very clean and modern. Everyone is friendly, especially Trinh. She is great. Love taking my son here.

Refie H

The staff is really friendly, very satisfied with the service. The place is cozy, and also clean, seriously I recommend it to anyone who wanted to have the braces on

Kevin A

My mom received THE BEST service here. Consultations & visits were a breeze & the staff was always so kind. Their bilingual employee, Sara, was very helpful because my mom only speaks Spanish.

Hung C

This is my son’s first time here. This Office is very nice and very professional. Great service. Mrs. Trinh did an excellent job helping us translate Vietnamese. She is really nice and did a great job! Thank you so much!

Angela D

Great experience!! welcoming and good at what they do. Ask for amanda- she's the best!

Thang N

Many friends told me that Trinh always does a great job and I am very lucky today to have her put my braces on! They look great. I am looking forward to coming back for my second appoinment. The treatment coordinator, Rachel is very friendly and welcoming. She is awesome. I would recommend anyone who is interested in braces to come to Broad Street Braces. You would love Dr. Neil!