Should You Get Braces, Clear Braces or Invisalign to Attain a Stellar Smile?

Beverly Hills, CA – You want more aligned teeth, but you’re torn: Should you choose braces, clear braces or Invisalign to achieve the stellar smile you’ve always wanted?
The good news is that all three orthodontic treatments can help you achieve higher self-esteem, as well as provide a variety of health and other important benefits. But which treatment is best for you?

Straight Teeth – The Ultimate Goal

Whether you choose braces, clear braces or Invisalign, the overall outcome is the same. That is, when your orthodontic treatment is complete, your teeth will be in ideal alignment, and you’ll enjoy better aesthetics and improved oral function. However, there are certain considerations to keep in mind when deciding on the right treatment choice for your bite and lifestyle.

Traditional Braces

Traditional braces are characterized by metal brackets and wires that are bonded to your teeth. Once the braces are affixed to your teeth, they will apply slight pressure in order to move them over time into proper alignment. Over time, and with adjustments made by your orthodontist every six weeks or so, the your bite issues will be corrected and create a smile you’ll love showing off to the world.

Braces are ideal as an orthodontic treatment if you have complicated bite issues, gaps, or severely crooked teeth.

If you are worried about having a mouthful of metal, advancements in orthodontic technology have made today’s braces aesthetically pleasing with improved function, making them an efficient and affordable treatment for achieving a corrected bite and smile.
The best part about braces is that they work quickly, closing gaps and correcting bite issues in as little 18-24 months, in most cases.

Clear Braces

Clear braces might make you think of Invisalign, but these orthodontic appliances are ceramic brackets that appear transparent, matching the shade of your teeth.
When it comes to performance, clear braces work similarly to traditional braces. The brackets will still be bonded to the teeth, then connected by an arch wire that applies gentle but consistent pressure to repair bite issues. And, just like braces, you can expect your orthodontist to want to see you for routine adjustments. The appliances are also used to fix more extensive bite cases, such as crossbites, overbite, severely crooked teeth, and other teeth and jaw imperfections.
Unlike sturdy metal braces, ceramic braces can be considered brittle in nature. That makes these appliances more susceptible to chips and breakage, though it would take a lot of force, and most patients have few problems wearing them.


Under the proper expert orthodontic supervision, Invisalign is ideal for the same bite issues braces corrects, such as crowded teeth, gapped teeth, overbites, underbites, and open bites.
After treatment has begun, you will be provided with a set of clear, plastic aligners that will be changed out every one to two weeks. Each tray is computer-generated to fit your bite while applying slight pressure over time. You will be required to wear the aligning trays for 22 hours a day, only taking them out to eat and engage in your usual oral care routine.
One of the prime benefits of Invisalign, aside from the trays being almost invisible, is that they are removable. This gives you more freedom to live life on your terms while also achieving your ideal smile over time. Invisalign does take discipline, as you will need to be responsible to wear your aligners for the prescribed time.

Schedule a Consultation to Find the Ideal Orthodontic Treatment

If you are interested in aligning your teeth with orthodontic treatment, it is important that you schedule an initial consultation. During this appointment, Dr. Nikaeen will examine your bite and take into consideration your tongue placement, jaw position, and other factors to determine the correct treatment for your situation. Whether your bite issues are simple or complex, either braces, clear braces, or Invisalign will give you the affordable and efficient solution for the smile you’ve always wanted.
To learn more about your orthodontic treatment options, schedule a consultation with Dr. Nikaeen by emailing or call Nikaeen Orthodontics at (310) 444-1113, serving patients in Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, and Santa Monica.

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