For many people, the thought of having braces is unpleasant mainly because of the effects on their appearance. Sure, braces would help give you a great smile over the long term, but can you really stay committed to the idea of metal braces for the entire treatment time? What about the effects on your job and your social life? There has to be another way. Clear braces were developed for exactly this reason.
What Are Clear Braces?
Clear braces are different from Invisalign. Clear braces are similar to traditional metal braces, except that the brackets that are attached to the teeth are made of a clear polymer or a tooth-colored ceramic, rather than metal. Invisalign, by contrast, uses a series of clear plastic trays to gradually move teeth.
Clear braces may be the right choice for those interested in getting the perfect smile without committing to metal braces or having to be compliant about wearing the Invisalign aligners.
Why Choose Clear Braces?
There are some types of orthodontic problems that may be treated more effectively and efficiently using clear braces rather than Invisalign. These types of problems require the enhanced control of braces to move the teeth. Even for mild to moderate orthodontic problems, braces may be preferred in some cases, because they can be more efficient at moving teeth and getting to the final result. And with accelerated orthodontics providing options to shorten treatment times, you may need your braces for only a few months.
Making Braces Less Visible
With clear braces, the brackets may be made of a clear ceramic chosen to match the shade of your teeth. The wires are still made of metal, but they’re fairly thin and not very visible. An option that we offer at Avenue Orthodontics are coated wires that blend in with your teeth and are therefore more esthetic.
Older generations of clear braces were unfortunately prone to staining when consuming coffee, tea, curry, or other foods. Of course, staining would make the clear braces visible and ruin the effect. The development of newer materials has largely eliminated this problem, and today’s clear braces remain clear no matter what you eat or drink!
What Are the Downsides?
The main downside to clear braces for many patients is cost, when compared to metal braces. The clear brackets cost a bit more than metal brackets, and because it’s a cosmetic expense, the extra cost is rarely covered by dental insurance, even if you have coverage for orthodontics. The brackets used in clear braces are a bit more brittle than metal brackets and may need to be replaced if they chip or break.
Accelerated Tooth Movement
Most people want the fastest possible orthodontic treatment. Fortunately, there have been some recent advances in orthodontic research focusing on ways to accelerate tooth movement. Finding safe, non-invasive, and effective ways to accelerate tooth movement is something that interests both Dr. Eleni and Dr. Abraham, and they are bringing these options to their patients. In fact, studies are showing that accelerated tooth movement can dramatically decrease treatment time. That means less time between archwire changes, and a quicker final result. Learn more on our Accelerated Orthodontics page.
Are Clear Braces Right For You?
If you’re not sure whether clear braces would be right for you, come in for a free consultation and initial exam. Dr. Eleni or Dr. Abraham would be happy to show you what clear braces look like, and also discuss which orthodontic options would be best for your particular concerns. If you’re thinking about clear braces in Bayside, Queens, or another area near Whitestone, we’re your top choice for orthodontic care. Whether you choose clear braces or another option, you’ll be on your way to your perfect smile!