Are Clear Braces and Ceramic Braces the Same?


So you’re thinking about getting clear braces, but want to know all of your options first – great move! Making the decision to transform your smile is an easy one, but deciding which treatment is best for you can be a little more challenging.

We’re here to help you make informed decisions, so you can catch a wave of confidence during and after your orthodontic treatment. 

Let’s explore clear braces and ceramic braces – are they the same thing?

Everything you need to know about clear braces

Yes, clear braces and ceramic braces are the same thing! Clear braces are made out of clear ceramic materials that blend in with the natural color of the teeth. 

Ceramic braces are an excellent treatment option for people who prefer a more discreet alternative to traditional braces.

Difference between clear braces vs metal braces

Clear braces and metal braces are both highly-effective orthodontic treatment options that our experienced orthodontists, Dr Caudill and Dr. McNeight, can use to correct these common orthodontic problems: 

  • Gaps or spaced teeth
  • Bite misalignments (overbite, underbite, open bite or cross bite)
  • Crowded teeth
  • Crooked teeth
  • Lack of confidence when smiling

Both metal braces and ceramic braces use brackets and wires to apply consistent pressure to the teeth to create beautiful smiles. Other than the difference of appearance, how do ceramic braces differ from metal braces?

1.  Clear braces are less noticeable than metal braces.

As a working professional or a social butterfly, you may be concerned about the appearance of your braces. Fortunately, your journey to a beautiful, healthy smile can be a discreet, secretive one with clear braces for adults

Pairing ceramic, tooth-colored brackets with transparent rubber bands creates a natural look that makes it nearly impossible to see your braces from a distance. However, clear braces are slightly larger than metal braces. Our team can show you the difference between them so you can make the best decision for yourself.

2. Clear braces are designed for comfort!

If you’re looking for comfort, clear braces (or Invisalign) may be the right move! Clear braces are made from smooth ceramic materials which some say feel smoother than the metal alternative.

What’s the price of clear braces for adults?

Because no smile is the same and many factors affect clear braces price, there’s no one-size-fits-all cost. At your complimentary consultation, our experienced orthodontists will create a customized treatment plan designed specifically for you. 

During your first visit, our treatment coordinator will sit down with you to discuss your needs and design an affordable payment plan to help you cover the cost of treatment. We want you to get the smile you deserve – at a price that makes your bank account happy!

Clear braces vs Invisalign

Are there more options for clear braces for adults? Yes! Invisalign clear braces are the most popular orthodontic option for adults. You get enhanced comfort and convenience with Invisalign clear braces (which are actually not braces but clear aligners).

Each tray is smooth and custom-fit for you and only you! They’re easy to remove, clean, and virtually-invisible in appearance. Our orthodontists can treat the same orthodontic conditions with Invisalign as they can with ceramic and metal braces. Due to our orthodontists’ level of experience with Invisalign, our practice has earned Invisalign Diamond Plus Provider status. With us, you’re in great hands.

Our Invisalign process is simple: we use advanced 3D imaging technology to design a treatment plan unique to you and help guide you along your journey to a beautiful, healthy smile. 

With clear braces vs. Invisalign, it really comes down to preference! Invisalign clear aligners are removable, so you can take out your aligners as you need. Ceramic braces are bonded to your teeth, so you won’t be able to remove these until your treatment is complete.

This makes all the difference for most people! If you can stay diligent in your treatment and committed to wearing your clear aligners for at least 20 to 22 hours a day, Invisalign is a great option! If you’d prefer a treatment that can’t be removed and works 24/7 to perfect your smile, clear braces can be a great option!

The best treatment method comes down to preference. Our doctors have the training and experience necessary to treat you with braces or Invisalign!

Still have questions about clear braces vs metal?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! 

We’re here to guide you through your treatment process, from your very first visit, to your last appointment. 

If you’re looking for a top orthodontist in Viera, Merritt Island or Melbourne, come experience the vibes! We’d love to meet you. Request a complimentary exam for you or your child today.