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 they are clear! Clear braces are a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces and provide patients with an equally effective treatment.
Clear aligners are different from clear braces. Clear aligners are pieces of hard plastic that are designed to fit into your mouth like a mouthguard. Clear aligners are great for patients requiring minor orthodontic treatment.
WHAT ARE CLEAR BRACES?
Ceramic braces are also referred to as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or esthetic braces. These function the same way metal braces do. Though not completely invisible, they’re much less noticeable than metal braces, even though the brackets are about the same size and shape. As you might expect, these are an especially attractive orthodontic option for our adult patients! Ceramic braces are perfect for patients who don’t want their braces to stand out, but aren’t suitable candidates for a clear aligner system like Invisalign.
Even though most patients in ceramic braces love how discrete they are, we do have some teens and adults who like to use colored ligature ties. These give braces an almost “neon” look, where the colors pop off the clear brackets, creating a really unique look most people haven’t seen before.
Some people worry about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn’t been a problem for several years. Ceramic brackets won’t stain. However, clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in can stain. This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time. Some ceramic braces patients will avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining, but this is likely unnecessary, since we place new elastics at every adjustment appointment.
ARE CLEAR OR CERAMIC BRACES THE RIGHT CHOICE FOR MY SMILE AND ME?
At Morejon + Andrews Orthodontics we want you to love your braces, so we offer clear ceramic braces at no additional cost! 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.