Clear Braces

Getting orthodontic treatment doesn’t have to mean a mouth full of metal. If you are self-conscious about wearing braces or simply prefer a different look, you can now opt for a more discreet appearance with clear braces. Also known as invisible braces or ceramic braces, these orthodontic appliances provide the efficiency of traditional braces with an inconspicuous look.

What Are Clear Braces?

Traditional braces consist of brackets made with titanium alloy — a highly durable and biocompatible metal that, while effective in correcting dental malocclusions, is quite noticeable. The brackets in clear braces, on the other hand, are made with translucent or tooth-colored ceramic that blends in with your teeth. They help meet your cosmetic needs while providing the efficiency of traditional braces.

Clear or ceramic braces were solely designed to be more aesthetically pleasing. Patients can opt for either translucent brackets or tooth-colored ones, as well as choose a white or metallic archwire. While the efficiency of clear braces is identical to classic braces, they come with a unique set of advantages and disadvantages.

What Are the Advantages of Clear Braces?

The primary advantage of clear braces is that they are discreet. Many adults who need orthodontic treatment opt for clear braces to feel less self-conscious or because their field of work involves face-to-face interactions.

Clear braces are as effective as traditional braces in correcting a wide range of dental malocclusions. And while more expensive than metal braces, clear braces do cost less than some other alternatives.

What Are the Disadvantages of Clear Braces?

One of the biggest disadvantages of clear braces is their higher cost — about $1,000 more per arch. Additionally, most insurance providers will cover metal braces when deemed medically necessary but not ceramic ones. As a result, patients pay more for clear braces than metal braces.

Another disadvantage is that ceramic brackets are prone to discoloration, especially if you do not clean them regularly and consume stain-causing food and drink. It is therefore even more important to follow your orthodontist’s dietary guidelines and maintain oral hygiene habits.

Clear Braces vs. Clear Aligners — What Is the Difference?

Another alternative to traditional metal brackets is clear aligners like Invisalign®. These orthodontic devices that resemble mouthguards are transparent trays made of medical-grade plastic. They are custom-made and removable.

Clear aligners are great for patients with minor orthodontic problems, such as crowded or gapped teeth. However, they may not be suitable for some complex problems, like severe overbite, underbite or ectopic teeth.

While they can provide equally effective treatment to eligible patients, their efficiency depends a lot on patient compliance. On the upside, fewer visits to the orthodontist are required, and treatment time is usually much shorter with clear aligners.

Are Clear Braces Right for Me?

Whether clear braces are suitable for you depends on the nature of your orthodontic problem, your expectations and your budget. We will discuss which treatment option best meets your dental and other needs during your consultation. If possible, we will offer several treatment options for your consideration.

To learn more about clear braces and whether you are a good candidate for this treatment, please contact Lozman Orthodontics in Latham, NY, today to schedule an appointment.

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