Clear Braces vs. Invisalign

Clear Braces vs. Invisalign

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Many patients who need orthodontic work face a decision about which type of corrective appliance to receive. Clear braces and Invisalign have much in common, but they each have unique qualities that make them appropriate for different situations. This blog article will explain how clear braces and Invisalign work and compare them point-to-point to help you decide.

About Clear Braces

Clear braces are much like the traditional all-metal braces that have been popular for many years. The difference between clear braces and traditional braces is the material used in the brackets. Clear braces generally use porcelain or ceramic material.

About Invisalign

Invisalign consists of a series of clear plastic aligners that the patient changes every two weeks. Gradually, the aligners push the teeth into their optimal positions.

Point-to-Point Comparison


Some patients may feel that clear braces are more convenient because they don't have to be taken out and cleaned separately, raising the question of whether they might be lost.


Invisalign and clear braces are comfortable, but for most patients, Invisalign has the edge. Clear brackets are smoother than metal brackets, leading to less rubbing on the inside of the lips and cheeks. Invisalign has smooth edges. It molds tightly to the teeth, and the patient may not notice it during wear.


Clear braces draw much less attention than traditional metal braces. However, Invisalign is more private for the patient.

Oral Health

Keeping your teeth clean around Invisalign is more accessible than cleaning around clear braces. Brushing and flossing around braces of any kind requires special equipment and techniques. Invisalign allows patients to brush, floss, and easily clean the aligners because they come out.


Clear braces are more durable than Invisalign, though Invisalign is made of a tough, medical-grade plastic material. Cleaning the aligners improperly or grinding your teeth can lead to damage.

Length of Treatment

In most cases, Invisalign is faster than braces. Braces take an average of 18 months to three years to work, while Invisalign works in 12 to 18 months, perhaps less.

Orthodontic Problems Corrected

Clear braces can correct a more comprehensive array of orthodontic issues than Invisalign. Clear braces work well with moderate to severe dental bite issues.

Patient Age

Children with growing jaws can use clear braces but not Invisalign. Clear braces are usually reserved for more mature children because they can stain and sometimes break with rough handling. Today's clear braces are nearly as strong as traditional metal braces.


Invisalign costs more than braces in general. However, the shorter treatment times and comfortable, discreet aligners make them an excellent investment in your appearance and oral health.

Call Greater Hartford Orthodontics

Both Invisalign and clear braces are excellent options for straightening your teeth. Call our Newington, CT office at 860-667-8277 for help deciding between Invisalign and clear braces. We will schedule an appointment with our orthodontist to help you understand your teeth and how to correct your smile.