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Clear braces

Having braces doesn't mean you have to walk around with a mouth full of metal. Many of today's braces are made from either clear or natural tooth colored materials to provide patients with an attractive, less noticeable alternative to traditional braces.

What are clear braces?

Clear braces are the same as traditional metal braces except the brackets which are bonded to the surface of your teeth are clear. These brackets are made from a ceramic material which means they’re strong yet discreet, so are less noticeable but still effective.

Clear braces are different from Invisalign clear aligners. Clear aligners are pieces of hard plastic that are designed to fit into your mouth like a mouthguard, whereas clear braces use the same system as traditional metal braces.

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Advantages and disadvantages of clear braces

Advantages of clear braces

  • Appearance: Ceramic braces and clear braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Clear and ceramic braces offer an aesthetic alternative for patients seeking options other than traditional metal braces.
  • Confidence: Many patients who choose ceramic or clear braces feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on their smiles rather than their braces.
Disadvantages of clear braces
  • Cost: Ceramic and clear braces tend to cost more than traditional metal braces. At Styrt Orthodontics, we offer convenient payment plans to help with the cost of treatment so if you’re interested in clear braces talk to us about our finance options.
  • Discoloration: The clear elastic ties used with clear and ceramic braces may become slightly discolored when you drink tea, coffee, or wine, and eat certain foods or smoke. We’ll give you some top tips for keeping your braces looking their best.
  • Treatment time: Orthodontic treatment with clear or ceramic braces may take longer than with traditional metal braces.

Are clear braces right for me?

By talking to your orthodontist, you can decide if clear or ceramic braces are the right treatment for you. Your orthodontist can provide answers to your questions and extra information explaining the benefits of each treatment. If you would like to learn more about clear braces, ceramic braces, and all of the options available to you, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment today.

Ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene, as ceramic braces are larger and more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.

Book a free consultation with us at Styrt Orthodontics today to find out if you could benefit from clear braces.

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