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Clear braces or metal braces?

You’ve always dreamed of a picture-perfect smile. But the thought of wearing metal braces for years makes you cringe. 

I get it – I felt the same way too!

But what if I told you there’s a better way to get the smile you’ve always wanted? A way to transform your teeth without anyone even noticing.

You Need Clear Braces 

Let me introduce you to clear aligners. These innovative “invisible braces” are the discreet teeth straightening solution you’ve been looking for.

Clear aligners use a series of removable, custom-fit plastic trays to gradually shift your teeth. You swap out each set of aligners for a new one every couple weeks. Slowly but surely, your teeth move into place.

The best part? Clear aligners are practically invisible. 

Unlike old-school metal braces, no one will be able to tell you’re straightening your teeth. You can smile confidently every step of the way.


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Benefits of Clear Aligners

Clear aligners offer a bunch of advantages over traditional wire braces:

  • Discreet. With clear plastic trays, straightening your teeth is your little secret.
  • Removable. Take them out to eat, brush, floss – basically whenever you want. Makes keeping your teeth clean so much easier.
  • Comfortable. No painful wires or brackets poking your cheeks. Clear aligners are smooth sailing.
  • Quicker treatment. On average, 6-18 months instead of 2+ years with metal braces.
  • Effective results. Clear aligners can fix crowding, gaps, overbites, and more – just like braces. But without the look.
  • Live life normally. Enjoy the foods you love and play sports without restrictions. Clear aligners are flexible.
  • Improved dental hygiene. No brackets or wires makes brushing and flossing a breeze. Your smile will shine even brighter.
  • Fewer visits. Checkups only every 4-8 weeks instead of monthly with traditional braces.

The Clear Braces Process

If you’re ready to transform your smile without anyone noticing, here’s how clear aligners work:

Digital Imaging And Treatment Plan

  • We take 3D scans of your teeth to create a custom treatment plan. This maps out exactly how we’ll move your teeth.
  • Next, we design your series of aligners tailored to your teeth.
  • Before you even start, you’ll get to preview your new smile!
  • Then, you’ll wear each set of aligners for around two weeks. Your teeth will move bit by bit until they reach the desired position.

Receiving Your Aligners

  • Once your treatment plan is finalized, your custom-made clear aligners will be produced using advanced manufacturing techniques. This state-of-the-art process creates aligners that comfortably fit your mouth and apply ideal forces to shift your teeth.
  • You’ll receive your full set of aligners at the start of treatment. Each aligner will be numbered in the order you’ll wear them.

Wearing Your Aligners

  • You’ll wear your first set of aligners for about two weeks. After that, you’ll begin wearing the next set in the sequence.
  • We recommend wearing your aligners for 20-22 hours per day, only removing them to eat, drink, brush and floss. This ensures your teeth are consistently being moved.
  • After you progress through each new aligner, you may notice subtle, gradual tooth movements. But most people find aligners comfortable to wear.

Check-Up Appointments

  • You’ll come in for appointments every 4-8 weeks to check your progress. This allows us to monitor how your teeth are moving and make sure you’re on track.
  • We’ll provide you with your next set of aligners at these visits. You’ll steadily advance through the sequence until your teeth have reached the final desired position.
  • Total treatment time averages 6-18 months but depends on the complexity of your case. We’ll keep you updated on your estimated time frame.

Enjoy Your New Smile!

  • Once you’ve completed your aligner treatment, you’ll have a smile you can’t wait to show off! Your teeth will be properly aligned and you can finally achieve the look you’ve always wanted.
  • We’ll take final records to compare your “before” and “after.” You’ll love seeing the transformation for yourself!
  • To keep your teeth looking their best, we’ll create custom retainers for you to wear at night. This will keep your new smile stable for the long term.

With clear aligners, straightening your teeth is easy, comfortable and discreet. Read on to learn how they compare to other orthodontic options.

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Clear Braces vs. Metal Braces

If you’re debating between clear aligners and traditional metal braces, it’s helpful to understand the key differences:

  • Appearance – Clear aligners are practically invisible, while metal braces are highly visible. If aesthetics are important to you, clear is the way to go.
  • Comfort – The smooth plastic of clear aligners is more comfortable and less abrasive than the brackets and wires of metal braces.
  • Lifestyle impact – Clear aligners are removable so you can eat and drink normally. No food restrictions!
  • Oral hygiene – It’s much easier to brush and floss thoroughly with clear aligners. Metal braces make hygiene more challenging.
  • Treatment length – The average treatment time is shorter with clear aligners compared to metal braces.
  • Cost – Clear aligners tend to cost more than metal braces overall, but pricing depends on the complexity of your case.
  • Results – When done properly, clear aligners and metal braces produce similar results. Both can effectively straighten teeth.

While metal braces work well, clear aligners offer a more comfortable, convenient and discreet option without sacrificing results. The choice comes down to your specific needs and preferences.

How Much Do Clear Braces Cost?

In Massachusetts, clear braces can set you back anywhere from $3,000 – $7000. That’s just a ballpark though – what you actually pay depends on a bunch of things. 

How crooked your teeth are, how long it’ll take to straighten them out, whether you need any extra gadgets and gizmos – that all affects the final damage to your wallet. 

Dr. Wu will look at your specific smile situation and give you a better idea. Just know that in Massachusetts, invisible braces come with a hefty price tag.


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Will Clear Aligners Work For You?

Wondering if you’re a good candidate for clear braces? Aligners are effective for:

  • Crowded or crooked teeth
  • Gapped teeth
  • Mild to moderate spacing or crowding
  • Narrow dental arches
  • Simple bite issues like overbites, underbites, crossbites and open bites
  • Straightening teeth before applying veneers or other cosmetic treatments

Act Now!

Our Dentist at ReNew Dental, we know you crave that picture-perfect smile, the kind that makes you light up a room. You want to grin without hesitation, to feel completely carefree about how your teeth look. The problem is, the thought of those clunky metal braces makes you cringe. The idea of hiding your smile for years just doesn’t feel like you, and that leaves you frustrated and unsure of what to do.

We believe no one should have to put their life on hold for a beautiful smile. We get it – those metal brackets and wires can make you feel self-conscious and less outgoing than you truly are. That’s why we offer a game-changing alternative: clear braces, a way to straighten your teeth without sacrificing your personality during the process.

Here’s how we do it:

  • Personalized Care: We don’t see you as just another set of teeth. We’ll listen to your goals, your hesitations – we want to create a plan that feels authentically right for you.
  • Cutting-Edge Technology: Those 3D scans give us a roadmap of your perfect smile. Plus, the coolest part? We can show you a glimpse of your future smile before you even start treatment!
  • Proven Expertise: Dr. Wu knows clear aligners inside and out. With her guiding hand, you can feel secure knowing your treatment is backed by years of experience and results.

So, why not book a consultation with Dr. Elaine Wu? Let’s chat about making that dream smile a reality!

And in the meantime, grab our free guide: “Clear Braces vs. Metal Braces: Which is Right for You?” We believe in giving you the tools to feel empowered about your choices. (you can customize this depending on what the client has)

Clear aligners are comfortable, convenient, and practically invisible. During your visit, we’ll be happy to address any questions or concerns you have.

Let ReNew Dental help unveil the best version of your smile (and, honestly, maybe the best version of yourself, too).


SCHEDULE your free consultation toady, and see how Dr. Wu can help you get the smile you deserve!

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