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Metal Braces vs Clear Braces: What’s The Difference?

At Morita Orthodontics, we are dedicated to helping our patients achieve gorgeous and healthy smiles through a variety of orthodontic treatments, including braces, Invisalign, Invisalign Teen, and more. Drs. Randal and Scott Morita and their professional team work hard to make sure each patient is informed and knowledgeable regarding orthodontic care so that they can be comfortable and confident throughout their treatments, and with each visit to our offices. Let’s take a look at the key differences between metal braces and clear braces.

Metal Braces

As the most common form of orthodontic treatment, metal braces are durable and extremely effective at shifting the teeth into their proper alignment. Not only can they correct gaps, crookedness, and crowding of the teeth, they also improve the bite for an optimal smile function and appearance. Here are some of the key benefits of metal braces:

  • Proven effective results
  • Can handle complex or severe orthodontic cases
  • Quicker treatment times
  • Less expensive

Clarity Braces & Clear Braces

For those looking for a discreet way to straighten their teeth, Morita Orthodontics is proud to be a provider of Clarity braces and clear braces. Each of these treatments are nearly invisible, so patients can be less self-conscious about their appearance with braces.

Clear braces are made of a ceramic material that is designed to blend in with the natural color of the teeth. They function just as traditional braces do, but are a bit less durable and more fragile. Patients who opt for clear braces must be more gentle in caring for their smiles than they would with metal braces. Clear braces are not typically recommended for those involved with activities such as contact sports.

Clarity braces are a step up from clear braces. They are made of an enhanced ceramic material, they are stronger, more durable, and more advanced than classic clear braces. With the same performance as metal braces, they offer an effective way to straighten the teeth in a less noticeable manner, and with enhanced comfort due to the ultra-small and comfortable design.

Key Differences

Here are several key differences between metal braces and clear braces:

  • Metal braces are less expensive
  • Ceramic braces provide a less noticeable appearance
  • Metal braces typically involve shorter treatment times
  • Ceramic braces can be more comfortable to wear than metal braces
  • Metal braces can treat severe or complex orthodontic cases
  • Ceramic braces are less durable and can be prone to chipping or discoloration

Transform Your Smile With Braces Today!

At Morita Orthodontics, we are proud to offer a variety of treatment options so that patients of all ages and lifestyle needs can achieve a straight, beautiful and glowing smile. Whether you opt for clarity braces, clear braces, metal braces, or Invisalign, we are confident that you’ll love the stunning results our treatment can provide. If you have further questions about our services or anything related to orthodontics, we encourage you to contact us today. You can also book an appointment now to get started on your smile journey! We can’t wait to hear from you!

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Notice of Temporary Closure

RE: COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

To our valued patients,

In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), President Trump, the American Dental Association and the Hawaii Dental Association are recommending all dentists postpone nonemergency dental procedures for 2 weeks. Our practice is committed to protecting the community and avoiding using valuable resources that our first responders and frontline healthcare providers will need.

Our office will be closed effective today, Wednesday, March 18, and we plan to resume regular hours on Wednesday, April 1. If you are experiencing a true dental emergency including swelling or severe tooth pain, please call your general dentist office, and listen closely as emergency contact info will be available. For all nonemergent questions, please email us at [email protected].

We are so sorry for the burden this places on your schedules, but your continued health and safety are our number one priority. Our office is working diligently to reschedule all patients with existing appointments within the next 2 weeks. We will continue to evaluate the situation as it evolves and determine on a weekly basis when it is appropriate for us to return to normal orthodontic patient care. We ask for your compassion and understanding at this time as we all work together to keep Hawaii healthy.


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