Straightening teeth with braces is a process that many of us decide to go through. Whether we visit the orthodontist as a pre-teen or as a middle-aged person, we may have a variety of reasons for the trip. Cosmetic dentistry is often the top consideration for metal, clear, and Invisalign braces. Yet, these are all dependent on the patient’s unique dental circumstances.


Metal braces are the traditional choice for teeth straightening. People who want to avoid metal braces usually do so for aesthetics. The metal tracks that line the row of teeth are made of stainless steel. Although it may not be everyone’s preference to have a mouth full of metal, this is generally considered the most effective way to straighten teeth. Any orthodontist consultation will reveal that metal braces and clear (ceramic/porcelain) braces work the exact same way.

Clear Braces

Many people are under the impression that clear braces don’t work as effectively as metal braces. It’s a common misconception, probably because of the strong, mechanical look of the metal braces. Orthodontists are just as confident in the effectiveness of clear braces as they are in metal. However, there are rare circumstances when the ceramic may abrade and wear on tooth enamel, and metal must be used. Another reason why people may not choose clear braces is because of the added expense. This is usually a $300 – $500 increase.


If you want to truly employ an “invisible” tooth straightening method, the best option is Invisalign. Clear braces are not hidden from plain sight, they are just not as recognizable as metal. The added bonus to Invisalign is that they are not as restrictive as traditional braces regarding comfort and diet. Invisalign is still improving its teeth straightening effectiveness. It is steadily improving, as its original intent was meant for less serious procedures.