Gone are the days where straightening your teeth means having to deal with metal wires and brackets. Clear braces offer a discreet way to improve your smile. They are just as effective as traditional braces, only less obvious. This is a great treatment option for adult patients or those who interact closely with people.
What is the difference between clear braces and clear aligners?
Patients receive the same results from clear braces as they would from traditional braces but don’t have to deal with the unwanted attention that metal braces bring.
Clear aligners and clear braces are not the same. Clear aligners are plastic trays that are custom-made to fit in your mouth and gradually align your teeth. Clear aligners are more suited for individuals who want to fix less severe imperfections.
What are the advantages and disadvantages to clear braces?
At our practice, we understand that each individual has unique orthodontic needs, which is why we work closely with you to determine the best treatment option for your specific situation.
Advantages to clear braces:
Appearance: Ceramic and clear braces blend in easily with your teeth and are less obvious than metal braces.
Confidence: Patients with ceramic or clear braces tend to be more comfortable and confident with their smile. You can pose for pictures with ease knowing you probably won’t be able to see your clear braces in photos.
Disadvantages to clear braces:
Cost: Ceramic and clear braces tend to be more expensive. You can contact our office about pricing and to see what kind of payment plans we have available.
Discoloration: While the braces themselves don’t get discolored, the elastics on your braces can. This staining is only temporary and generally washes off when you brush your teeth. Avoid drinking and eating boldly colored food and drinks and using tobacco products.
Treatment Time: While all treatment times vary, you may need to have clear or ceramic braces on longer than you would with metal braces. For some patients, knowing that clear braces are less noticeable makes them well worth the wait.
Are clear or ceramic braces the right choice for my smile and me?
The best way to determine if you are a good candidate for clear or ceramic braces is to schedule an appointment with your orthodontist. Your orthodontist will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of each treatment specific to your personal needs. For more information, or if you’re ready to get your clear or ceramic braces, call us today at (208) 323-4800 to book your consultation.
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