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Braces VS Clear Aligners: What's the Difference?

Technology has changed the way patients straighten teeth. In the past, traditional metal braces were the only way for us to achieve straight teeth and beautiful smiles. Fortunately, orthodontics has evolved over the years and now patients can choose between braces or clear aligners. So, what exactly is the difference between braces and clear aligners?

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A mouth full of metal is likely the first thing that comes to mind when you think of braces. For decades, traditional metal braces were the go-to treatment for patients who wanted to resolve crooked teeth and bite issues.

Braces work to straighten and align the teeth through a series of incremental tightening of the metal adhered to your teeth. Braces are attached to a patient’s mouth using dental bonding agents making eating, drinking, brushing, and flossing a challenge over the course of your treatment.

Clear Aligners

Invisalign is the most recognizable brand when it comes to clear aligners since they have been available since 1997. Clear plastic aligners gradually move teeth into their optimal positions. Due to the fact that clear aligners are a computerized treatment, you will be able to preview your desired results before you begin treatment. You’ll also have a better idea of how long your treatment will take.  

In addition to Invisalign, Dr. Amin Samadian is also pleased to offer other brands of 3D-printed clear aligners such as SureSmile and ClearCorrect. Dr. Amin Samadian can create a 3D model of your teeth using the 3D bite scan in his office. This technology allows Dr. Samadian to create a highly customized treatment plan for your unique smile goals. The 3D bite scar eliminated the need for dental impressions to be taken, leading to a more comfortable experience throughout. 

Clear aligners differ from traditional metal braces because they can be removed for cleaning teeth and enjoying meals. As long as they are in the mouth for at least 22 hours each day, they can work effectively and deliver incredible results. Just like metal braces, clear aligners can resolve crooked teeth, an overbite, underbite, and other minor or major orthodontic concerns

Dr. Samadian has in-house 3D printing technology and advanced digital scanners so that he can pinpoint the perfect treatment and aligners for your desired results. While the 3D printing and scanners are great tools for improving your smile, Dr. Samadian’s technique is what will really transform your smile for the better.

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Braces VS Clear Aligners: Which is Best?

Clear aligners are the preferred way to straighten teeth by Dr. Samadian because they are discreet and comfortable. They don’t contain any metal or wire-like traditional braces and can allow you to go about your life with minimal disruption. Also, since clear aligners can be removed, you can eat, drink, brush, and floss with ease which will prevent gingivitis that’s a common side effect of having traditional braces.

In addition, they are quite versatile and can be used to help you protect your teeth in other ways. Clear aligners can be utilized in conjunction with teeth whitening gels. They can also prevent nighttime grinding and reduce the risk of gum disease and gum recession.

What Our Patients Say About Us

*Individual Results May Vary


I could not recommend Dr. Samadian more – AND all of his staff, at that! No longer will I mind or be afraid of going to the dentist.


Very informative, patient and sensitive to your needs. Very focused, and desires to ensure it’s done properly the first time.

Take the Next Step

If you have a question about braces or clear aligners or are wondering which treatment is right for your unique situation, we encourage you to schedule a consultation with Dr. Amin Samadian in East Bay, Orinda, Lafayette, Moraga, Piedmont, Danville, San Ramon, Alamo, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Concord, Oakland, Berkeley, and Brentwood, CA today. You can count on him to help you make an informed decision. Call us at (925-254-2360) or fill out our convenient online contact form.

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