Woman learning if clear braces are just as strong as metal braces

Are Clear Braces Just As Strong as Metal Braces?

So you’re thinking about getting clear braces, but want to know how they hold up against traditional metal braces. Whether you’ve been given an orthodontic referral from your general dentist or decide you want to transform your smile on your own, our highly-trained orthodontists are here to answer your questions about clear braces so you can get the beautiful, healthy smile you deserve.

What braces are better: clear or metal?

Clear braces and metal braces are both highly effective orthodontic treatments to correct any of these problematic orthodontic issues:

•tooth gap
•bite misalignments
•crowded teeth
•crooked teeth

The question of which type of braces is better is up to you. Because every mouth is unique and everyone’s preferences are different, there’s no one answer for everyone.

Dr. Insoft and Dr. Hurst can help with recommendations and answer all your questions at your first visit, but for now, let’s compare our clear braces treatment with our traditional metal braces treatment.

Clear braces are a discreet treatment option, but are they just as strong as metal braces? Not exactly. Metal braces are made of high-grade stainless steel while clear braces are made of high-quality ceramic materials. Yet both of these materials are susceptible to damage. (Especially during recreational activities which is why it’s important to wear a mouthguard.)

While clear braces may not be as strong as stainless steel braces, there are many benefits to clear braces over metal braces.

Here’s what you need to know about clear braces:

Damon Clear Braces vs Traditional Metal Braces

Clear braces are less visible

If you’re looking to straighten your teeth, you may be worried about “metal-mouth”. Your journey to a beautiful, healthy smile can be done discreetly with Damon Clear. Each bracket is transparent in color in order to blend in with your teeth, creating a practically-invisible appearance.

Clear braces are comfortable

If you’re looking for comfort, clear braces can be a great alternative for your smile journey! Damon Clear braces brackets are made from smooth ceramic materials. No mouth irritation!

On each of these clear brackets is a clear sliding-mechanism that allows the archwire (the clear brace wires that hug your teeth) to gently move with your jaw. This allows a low-friction pressure to move your teeth more quickly and comfortably.

Clear braces are convenient

The best part about Damon Clear braces? It’s a self-ligation system—meaning, there’s no need for clear elastic ties to hold the wire in, which can easily discolor or yellow when eating foods that stain! There’s less room for plaque to grow and fewer office visits to replace and adjust these ties.

Looking for a more discreet option than clear braces?

Wanting to explore your clear braces options? When you wear Invisalign clear aligners, it’s hard to tell you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment at all with their practically invisible appearance.

Invisalign trays are smooth and custom-made for you and only you. As an Invisalign Diamond Plus provider, Dr. Insoft & Dr. Hurst have treated more Invisalign cases in the last 15 years than any other Invisalign providers in Pinellas and Manatee Counties!

Our Invisalign process is simple: we use advanced 3D imaging technology to design a treatment plan unique to you and help guide you along your journey to a beautiful, healthy smile.

Still have questions about clear braces?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! We love to hear from you. We’re here to guide you through your treatment process, from your very first visit, to your last appointment.

If you’re looking for a top orthodontist in St. Petersburg or Seminole, we’d love to meet you! Request a complimentary exam for you or your child today. We also offer virtual consultations for your convenience. Your treatment — your way.