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Traditional Braces

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces Vs Clear Correct Aligners

Braces and Clear Correct are both designed to straighten teeth over time while improving your smile and oral health. Traditional braces have been around for a long time, and have a well-established history of treatment. Clear Correct is a much newer treatment option, having only been widely used for the last fifteen years or so, but the system continues to increase in popularity. Traditional braces consist of metal brackets being attached to your teeth, tied together by wires and tiny rubber bands. Modern orthodontics means there are brackets available that more closely match your enamel color, or you can get them in different colors if you prefer making a fashion statement with your mouth! Clear Correct, on the other hand, is designed to be invisible.

How they compare


Braces are, of course, not removable. Traditionally made of metal, braces put an emphasis on function over style, although changing up the color of the bands can be a lot of fun. Metal braces are extremely efficient at fixing complex tooth issues, and they often work faster at closing gaps and aligning teeth than Invisalign. While every patient is different, the average time spent in braces is anywhere from 18 months to 3 years. However, there is often noticeable movement of misaligned teeth within a relatively short period of time. Seeing even a slight improvement can play a significant role in boosting your self-confidence! Maintenance with metal braces can be a little more involved than it is with Clear Correct. closeup of a mouth with bracesThe brackets and wires can present a challenge to dental hygiene, but brushing and flossing regularly is a must for good oral health. Accessories like a water pik can help rinse those hard to reach places. There are also foods you’ll need to avoid, namely anything too crunchy or sticky, so favorites like apples, popcorn, gum, and other chewy favorites will need to be put on the back burner during treatment. Patients wearing traditional braces can expect to have follow-up visits about every 4-6 weeks. Your orthodontist will change the bands that are attached to the brackets, and the wire may be replaced as well. These appointments are a quick process, usually taking about half an hour to an hour. There may be some slight soreness after each adjustment, but it should be temporary. These visits shouldn’t be missed! They’re very important to ensure you get the very best results in the least amount of time.

Clear Correct

The two main benefits of Clear Correct are that the aligners are almost completely invisible, and that they are removable. They also tend to be more comfortable than traditional metal braces, since the aligners are made of a smooth plastic that won’t irritate the gums or cheeks the way some brackets and wires might. Clear Correct is an efficient method for gently moving teeth in cases that are not too complicated. Because Clear Correct works to straighten teeth in a less invasive way than braces, it’s hard to say how long a patient will need them. The average is somewhere between 6 and 18 months, though of course, that will vary from case to case. This average is also based on the patient sticking to the recommended guidelines of wearing the aligners at least 20-22 hours every single day, throughout the entirety of treatment. Any deviation from this can add time to the process. It’s extremely easy to maintain your Clear Correct aligners. pair of invisalign traysBecause they’re removable, you take them out before eating or drinking anything other than water, so you don’t have any issues with food getting stuck in between brackets and wires. You also remove them before brushing and flossing, giving you easier access to your teeth. There’s an Invisalign Cleaning system, or you can simply brush and rinse your trays in lukewarm water to keep them clean. Although there are no food restrictions with Clear Correct aligners, you must remove them before all meals to avoid unsightly staining, and you’ll need to clean and rinse them out when performing your daily dental hygiene routine. Like braces, if you choose Clear Correct, you’ll be expected to attend follow-up visits every 4-6 weeks, but you’ll also be changing out your aligner every two weeks. This is an important part of the straightening process. The trays are custom designed to fit each patient’s unique needs, and are changed every two weeks in order to keep up with the shift in the movement of your teeth. Skipping appointments or not changing aligners when you’re scheduled to can undo progress.



Consider Aligners to get the beautiful straight teeth you’ve always wanted — without braces. A consultation with our best Dr.Perez can determine if Aligners Clear Correct is right for you. Contact Us at

What is it?

Aligner Clear Correct uses a series of invisible, removable, and comfortable aligners that no one can tell you’re wearing. So, you can smile more during treatment as well as after. Clear Correct is the best clear alternative to braces!

Why would I want it?

Not only are the aligners invisible, but they are also removable, so you can eat and drink what you want while in orthodontic treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing are no problem. They are also comfortable, with no metal braces to cause mouth abrasions during orthodontic treatment. And no metal braces and wires usually means you spend less time getting in orthodontist’s chair.

How does it work?

You wear each set of aligners (Clear Correct trays) for about two weeks, removing them only to eat, drink, brush, and floss – 22 hours a day. As you replace each aligner with the next in the series, your teeth will move — little by little, week by week — until they have straightened to their final positions.

Advantages of Clear Correct

    They are virtually invisible, and no one knows you’re wearing them except you.

    Your teeth are easier to clean than with traditional braces because they are removable.

    Clear Correct aligners don’t irritate your cheeks or gums as much as traditional adult braces.

If you are a patient with severe orthodontic problems wanting complete correction Clear Correct may not be the best option for you. Other adult braces and adult orthodontic options may be better for you to obtain the perfect smile. For Patients in the North Miami and Broward areas, please stop by the Affordable Dentistry of South Florida for your first exam ( you will need to schedule your appointment before) and see if Clear Correct is the clear choice for you.

Please let us know if you have any questions. You can visit our practice at 4000 Sheridan St, STE B. Hollywood. FL 33021 or call us at 954-534-9181, 754-221-9988

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