Metal braces vs Clear braces

Metal braces vs Clear braces
Posted on 07/01/2022

We at Myers Orthodontics provide orthodontic services to the Northern Knoxville TN areas. We hope to provide quality care to all ages in need of orthodontic treatment while maintaining a comfortable and fun office. We like to say that we don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we do take your care seriously. We strive to put patients at ease with our laid-back atmosphere and expansive knowledge.

Among the many treatments we provide, many patients see us for braces. These days, there are multiple types of braces available. Today we will be discussing the differences between metal braces vs. clear braces. 

What Are Metal Braces?

When someone mentions braces, metal braces are probably what comes to mind. The most commonly used type, traditional metal braces have been around for many, many years. Metal braces are made out of stainless steel, consisting of braces and brackets cemented to teeth with a thin metal archwire running through them.

What Are Clear Braces?

Clear braces are very similar to metal braces, in that they work the same way with the same general components. The biggest difference is that clear braces use transparent brackets instead of metal to blend in with your teeth. 

Should I Get Metal Braces Or Clear Braces?

The kind of braces you ultimately end up with is a decision to be made between you and your dentist, depending on your specific needs. If the choice comes down to metal vs. clear braces, the differences aren’t vast but may mean a great deal to the wearer. 

Both metal and clear braces provide the same basic function. The key difference is that one is very obvious, while one blends into your natural teeth, making them more difficult to notice. If you have held back on getting braces due to concerns about your appearance, clear braces might be the perfect route for you to take. Clear braces are slightly more fragile than metal braces but are still efficient for treating any orthodontic need as well as their silver counterpart. One downside is that clear braces can cost slightly more than metal, but for some, that money is well spent for the discretion they offer. Many adults seeking out braces are interested in inconspicuous options and choose the clear option.

Schedule Your Appointment with Myers Orthodontics

Have you been considering going down a path toward braces? If you are interested in a consultation with Dr. Myers to discuss your situation, please schedule an appointment online or by calling 865-687-6560.