Clear Aligners vs. Braces: Understanding the Differences

Explore differences between Clear Aligners & Braces. Dr. Taner Cakmak explains options for your perfect smile at Kanata South Dental - 613-519-1400.

Clear Aligners vs. Braces: Understanding the Differences

Clear Correct, SureSmile and Invisalign are not the same, but they are related concepts.

Invisalign is a brand of clear aligners that are used to straighten teeth. Invisalign aligners are made by Align Technology, and they are a specific type of clear aligner. Clear aligners are a type of orthodontic treatment that involves wearing a series of transparent, custom-made trays that gradually move your teeth into the desired position.

While Invisalign is a well-known and popular brand of clear aligners, there are other companies that produce similar products like Clear Correct and SureSmile. Invisalign is often used as a generic term to refer to clear aligners, but it is technically a brand name. Other companies produce clear aligners that work in a similar way and achieve similar results, but they may have different brand names.

So, while Invisalign is a specific brand of clear aligners, aligners can refer to the general category of orthodontic devices that use transparent trays to straighten teeth. Different aligner brands may have their own unique features, but the basic principle of treatment is similar. If you're considering clear aligner treatment, you may have options beyond Invisalign, so it's a good idea to consult with an orthodontist to determine the best option for your specific needs.

How are Clear Aligners different from metal braces?

INVISIBLE, they are made from transparent plastic material. VISIBLE, consist of metal brackets.
COMFORTABLE, they are custom-made to fit the patient's teeth and have no sharp metal components that can cause irritation or discomfort. DISCOMFORT, metal braces can cause some discomfort and irritation, especially in the early stages of treatment when adjustments are made.
REMOVABLE, clear aligners are removable, which allows for easy oral hygiene maintenance. Patients can take them out when eating, brushing, and flossing. FIXED APPLIANCES, meaning they cannot be removed by the patient. This can make it more challenging to maintain proper oral hygiene, as cleaning around the brackets and wires.
FASTER, the treatment duration with clear aligners may vary depending on the severity of the orthodontic issues. In some cases, treatment can be completed faster with clear aligners compared to metal braces. LONGER, the treatment duration with metal braces can be longer, as adjustments and tightening of wires are required periodically.
EFFECTIVE, Clear aligners are effective for treating mild to moderate orthodontic issues, including crowding and spacing. They may not be as effective for more complex cases or severe bite problems. HIGHLY EFFECTIVE, for correcting a wide range of orthodontic issues, including severe misalignments and complex cases.
REQUIRE PROPER CARE, cleaning and storing them when not in use. DO NOT REQUIRE ADDITIONAL CARE metal braces are fixed and do not require additional maintenance beyond regular oral hygiene practices.

Ultimately, the choice between clear aligners and metal braces depends on individual preferences, the severity of orthodontic issues, and the recommendations of an orthodontist. It's essential to consult with an orthodontic specialist to determine which treatment is most suitable for your specific needs.


If you have any questions about clear aligners or other methods of straightening your teeth, please contact Kanata South Dental at or call us at 613-519-1400. Dr. Taner Cakmak and his professional team will be happy to walk you through your options and help you find the best possible solution for your smile.

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