Having braces doesn't necessarily require highly noticeable metal brackets and wires. In fact, 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 is the difference between clear braces and clear aligners?
Clear braces are the same as traditional metal braces except that the bracket is clear, not full silver. Clear braces are a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces and provide patients with an equally effective treatment if aesthetics are important to you.
Clear aligners are not the same as clear braces. Clear aligners are pieces of hard plastic that are designed to fit into your mouth. You may more commonly hear them referred to by a leading brand called Invisalign.
What are the advantages and disadvantages to clear braces?
As with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to choose the right option for your needs and lifestyle. Clear braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces and Dr. Johnson will help you determine which method is the right treatment for you.
Advantages to clear braces:
- Appearance: Ceramic/clear braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. The clear brackets offer an aesthetic alternative for patients who are typcially teens and adults.
- Confidence: Many patients who choose ceramic/clear braces feel more confident during orthodontic treatment due to the aesthetics of clear vs metal brackets.
Disadvantages to clear braces:
- Cost: Ceramic/clear braces cost more than traditional metal braces. Please talk to your treatment coordinator during your initial consultation if you are interested in ceramic/clear braces.
- Discoloration: The clear elastic ties typicallly used with clear and ceramic braces may become slightly discolored when you drink tea, coffee, or wine, and eat certain foods or smoke.
- Treatment Time: Orthodontic treatment with clear/ceramic braces may take longer than with traditional metal braces because of the force that ceramic can withhold.
- Size: Ceramic/clear brackets are thicker in material than traditional metal, therefor you may notice them more on your gums/lips.
Are clear or ceramic braces the right choice for me?
Dr. Johnson and your treatment coordinator can answer any questions you may have and provide extra information explaining the pros/cons of each treatment. If you would like to schedule a consultation, please call our office at 317-272-4755.