What’s the Difference Between Clear Braces and Clear Aligners?

Jan 12, 2024
What’s the Difference Between Clear Braces and Clear Aligners?
Both clear braces and clear aligners are discreet orthodontic treatments, but the similarities end there. Find out how these treatments differ and which one might be right for you.

You’re probably looking into more discreet orthodontic treatments if you’re an adult seeking to correct misaligned teeth due to never having braces or teeth that have moved from their adjusted position. Or maybe your teen needs a realigned bite and wants a more invisible treatment method.

Whatever the case is, clear braces and clear aligners are two choices that allow you the benefits of orthodontic treatment without the obviousness of traditional metal braces. 

Even though clear aligners often get referred to as clear braces, there are quite a few differences between these two smile-shifting tools. 

Our team, led by Nodesh Shyamsunder, BDS, and Jasleen Raina, DDS, offer both these treatments at Beaches Dentistry in Jacksonville Beach, Florida, and we want you to understand the difference so you can select the best one for you.

Defining clear braces vs. clear aligners

When you think of braces, you probably immediately picture stainless steel bands, brackets, and wires. Clear braces are like metal braces. The only difference is that clear braces use ceramic brackets and frosted wiring to blend in with the natural color of your teeth, making them much less noticeable. 

On the other hand, clear aligners are a series of customized, tight-fitting mouthpieces made of clear plastic that slip right over your teeth. Because they are clear plastic, you can hardly tell you have anything in your mouth.

Benefits of clear braces vs. clear aligners

Clear aligners have a lot more advantages over clear braces. Aligners have a much lower risk of oral health issues since you can remove them for optimal brushing and flossing. Food can get stuck in the braces brackets, leading to tooth decay. 

Because clear aligners don’t have any brackets or wires, they’re much less likely to break, which would require fewer emergency trips to have them fixed. 

In addition, clear aligners are much more discreet than clear braces. Even though clear braces have tooth-colored hardware, they’re not nearly as invisible as the aligners.

Effectiveness of clear braces vs. clear aligners

Whether braces are stainless steel or clear, they are more effective at straightening teeth than aligners because they are fixed and guaranteed to correct even complicated orthodontic issues such as severe bites or overcrowding.

However, you can remove clear aligners. Because of that, it’s easy to forget to put them back in after eating or brushing your teeth. They get lost much easier, and the longer you go without wearing them, the harder it is to correct your smile.

If you’d like to learn more about our orthodontic treatment options or want to see if you’d be a good candidate for clear braces or clear aligners, contact our office for more information. Give us a call at 904-246-6714 or book online today.

What our patients are saying 
Dr. Raina has been an outstanding orthodontist for me! I needed upper and lower braces as an adult and she made the entire process a fantastic experience! The entire office staff is so kind, patient, and personable! Another plus is having my dentist, Dr. Nodesh, in the same office so cleanings and routine dental checkups could overlap on the same day as orthodontic appointments.
Rhonda J
I’ve been going here for nearly 35 years, and that isn’t going to change anytime soon. The staff is very professional and friendly.
Will H.
Very friendly and collegial staff. Dr. Nodesh was very kind and explained me my treatment plan in detail. Highly recommended
Shilpa D
 Best most thorough and least pain giving dentist I’ve ever experienced. I am 74 years old, blessed with excellent teeth and am particular about them. The office is equipped with the latest medical equipment and accessories. If you are in the market for a new dentist, this is the place. 
Amos A.
Dr. Nodesh and his staff are great. I have never had a dentist who is more meticulous and committed to making sure everything is done correctly and looks great. Thanks Doc
Dorri K.
"I have been a long time patient of Beaches Dentistry. I HIGHLY recommend this practice. My experience includes both routine cleaning and checkups..."
"So kind, endlessly chatty (which I love), intelligent, funny, and engaging. They obviously love their jobs! And their attitude is infectious."
Win C.
"Dr Nodesh at Beaches Dentistry is amazing! He explains the treatment plan clearly and answers all questions before he commences. Never in a rush."
Nasrin R.
"I could not be happier thus far with my past 3 visits to Beaches Dental. Dr Nodesh has a relaxed, yet professional bedside manner."
Alicia C.

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324 3rd Ave N,
Jacksonville Beach, FL 32250
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