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Clear choices for creating a new smile

Clear ceramic braces

Clear braces use brackets and wires to shift your smile, just like traditional braces. Your orthodontist will adjust them every 4-6 weeks until you have the smile you always wanted.


Invisalign replaces brackets and wires with a clear tray that snaps over your teeth. You'll wear a series of trays (a new one every 2-3 weeks) that gradually reshape your smile.

How to choose?

Your Western Dental  orthodontist is trained to evaluate your alignment, bite and jaw.  At your free consultation the doctor will  discuss your lifestyle and goals and help you make the choice that will ensure the best results.

Traditional, Clear or Invisalign: Which is right for you.

  Traditional braces Clear braces Invisalign
Good for minor to moderate changes in dental alignment? Yes Yes Yes
Good for major changes in dental alignment and structure                  Yes Yes No
Easy to remove for eating, brushing, flossing? Not going anywhere Not going anywhere Yes
Classic, brace-face smile? You bet Hard to notice, but you can feel them Nope. They are clear trays that go over your teeth
Covered by insurance? Only when medically necessary
(but we can help make them affordable)
Only when medically necessary
(but we can help make them affordable)
Not usually

What you should know about Invisalign

Am I a good candidate for Invisalign?

Invisalign can correct a lot of orthodontic problems, especially less severe spacing and alignment issues. The trays are especially good for re-aligning teeth in adults who have had braces as kids, but maybe didn’t wear their retainers as long as they should have.

If your condition needs major shifts in your teeth or jaw structure, Invisalign may not be the right treatment for you

How does Invisalign work?

Invisalign uses a clear plastic aligner that snaps over your teeth. You wear the aligner for 18-20 hours a day and take it out when you eat and when you brush and floss your teeth. Every two weeks you get a new aligner with a slightly different shape. Your teeth gradually move to their new position over the course of 20 to 30 aligners.

What will happen at my first appointment?

Your orthodontist will do a complete survey of your mouth’s structure: the roof of your mouth, jaws and teeth. She’ll take photographs of your teeth and take 3D, digital X-Rays. She’ll also take an impression of your teeth that a lab will use to make your Invisalign aligners.

What is it like to wear Invisalign?

Unlike traditional braces, which require 1-2 hours of chair time, Invisalign trays just pop in. When it’s time to eat, you just pop them out. Same goes for brushing and flossing.