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Do metal braces work faster?

I am a 26 year old male and I want to straighten my teeth. Do metal braces work faster?

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Faster is not always better, some tooth movements are complex and require more time than others. Accuracy,precision and fine tuning are dependent on the orthodontist skill with any appliance and patient cooperation. There are several developments in orthodontics that claim to accelerate treatment time regardless of the type of braces. Your orthodontist can advise you regarding a reasonable treatment time.
Generally speaking, metal braces may work slightly faster than ceramic braces due to less friction in the brackets. You should still be able to get the same result with either one though.
A little, but self-ligating braces work the fastest.
Depending on the type of orthodontic corrections you may need, certain orthodontic appliances may be more effective than others. Common types of "braces" are metal brackets, ceramic (clear) brackets or plastic aligners such as Invisalign. The choice of which type of braces that are best for you and your particular case is a decision made after discussing the pros and cons of each with your orthodontist.
Almost all braces work at the same speed. It is the practitioner and the wires used that either slow down or speed up braces.

Dr. Colin Gibson

I understand your question is comparing metal braces vs. clear aligner orthodontics. Clear aligners are CAD, computer designed, enabling the dentist to personalize the tooth movements in order to optimize efficiency and improve the finished alignment. The dentist's skills and knowledge can dramatically affect the time and finish of the type of orthodontics that are best for each patient.

I would be more interested in what would give me the best result.
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Metal braces or clear braces both work at the same rate and same efficiency. You will get a fabulous result whether you choose to have metal braces or clear braces.
Good Morning! With current 3M Brackets, no significant treatment time difference is realized. Clarity brackets are a wonderful option for you to consider....Hope you have a great day! :o)
Not necessarily. Each mouth is different.

Metal braces are the gold standard of orthodontics. They have been around for a long time. One of the things we learned about moving teeth is it is the amount of force on the teeth that is the most important factor and it is not a heavy force, but a light force we are looking for. When more force is added the teeth do not move as smooth as we want them too which makes the accuracy worse. So, as long as you achieve the optimal force for the most parts metal braces work just as long as anything else. One other thing to consider is moving back teeth. If you are only interested in your front teeth looking nice and your back teeth are fine, then moving just your front teeth will take less time and be less costly as well.
Hope this helps.

My best to you!

William F. Scott IV, DMD