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When it comes to braces, these are the clear choice

Clear ceramic braces

Clear braces are just traditional braces gone incognito: they still use brackets and wire to realign your teeth, and they’re just as reliable. Your orthodontist will adjust them every 4-6 weeks until you’ve achieved the smile of your dreams.

Invisalign

Instead of brackets and wires, Invisalign uses a clear tray that snaps into place. You’ll wear a series of trays (a new one about every 2-3 weeks) to slowly shift your smile into place. 

How do I choose?

Tough choice? No worries. Our orthodontists are thoroughly trained to evaluate your alignment, bite and jaw to help you make the best choice for you. At your free consultation, your orthodontist will chat with you about your lifestyle and goals to help you make the choice that will ensure the best results.


Traditional? Clear? Invisalign? Which is the best choice for you?

  Traditional braces Clear braces Invisalign
Minor to moderate changes in dental alignment? Yes Yes Yes
Major changes in dental structure and alignment                  Yes Yes No
Can I easily remove for eating, brushing, flossing? Not going anywhere Not going anywhere Yes
The classic, brace-face smile You bet Hard to notice, but you can feel them Nope. They are clear trays that go over your teeth
Are they covered by insurance? Only when medically necessary
(but we can help make them affordable)
Only when medically necessary
(but we can help make them affordable)
Not usually

What to know about Invisalign

Am I right for Invisalign?

Invisalign can help with a lot of orthodontic problems, namely less severe spacing and alignment issues. These clear trays are especially adept at realigning teeth for adults who had braces when they were kids, but weren’t the best about wearing their retainers.

If your teeth or your jaw structure needs more major realignment, Invisalign may not be the right treatment for you.

Invisalign: How does it work?

Invisalign uses a clear plastic aligner that snaps over your teeth to slowly shift your smile into place. You’ll wear the aligner for about 18-20 hours a day, removing it to eat and brush your teeth. Every two weeks, you’ll switch to a new alignment with a slightly different shape. Gradually, your teeth will move to their new position over the course of 20-30 aligners. 

How will my first appointment go?

Your orthodontist will take a good look at the roof of your mouth, your jaws, and your teeth—the whole enchilada! Then, she’ll take photos of your teeth and take 3D digital X-rays. Lastly, she’ll take an impression of your teeth; that’ll be sent to a lab to help them make custom Invisalign aligners.

What’s it like to wear Invisalign?

Traditional braces require 1-2 hours of chair-time at the dentist’s office. Not Invisalign, it just pops right in! When mealtime rolls around, you can just as easily pop them out. Same goes for brushing and flossing.