Clear braces or ceramic braces are similar to traditional wire braces. They feature brackets on your teeth with wires connecting the brackets, but unlike metal braces, ceramic braces are tooth colored. That makes them less noticeable. If you’re considering clear braces, take a look at these advantages.
Clear Braces Are Discreet
The key advantage of clear braces is that they aren’t as noticeable as metal braces. For adults or teens who don’t want to draw a lot of attention to their orthodontics, clear braces are ideal. In most cases, they are made of ceramic or porcelain that is the same color as your teeth. That helps them to blend in with your natural smile.
If you want a discreet orthodontic solution, you may want to discuss clear braces with your orthodontist. In particular, this is great for people who want to feel confident about their smiles and who are worried about how metal braces might look.
Work Like Traditional Braces
Sometimes clear braces get compared to Invisalign, and the main similarity between these two orthodontic treatments is that they are both designed to be relatively unobtrusive and unnoticeable. However, ceramic braces work just like traditional braces. In most cases, that means that any treatment your orthodontist recommends with traditional braces can also be carried out with clear braces.
In contrast, Invisalign is not completely interchangeable with traditional braces. To put it simply, there are orthodontic issues that are better solved with brackets and wires.
Clear Braces Are Not Removable
Invisalign retainers are removable. For many patients, that is convenient. They can take out the retainers as needed to eat or brush their teeth. However, that setup also has risks. In particular, you may lose your appliance or forget to put the aligners back in. That can make your treatment time longer.
With clear braces, those risks are not a concern. Clear braces give you the subtle benefits of Invisalign, but you never have to worry about losing them or forgetting to wear them. As a parent, you don’t have to worry that your child is taking out their orthodontic device at school. Because clear braces are permanently affixed (until the orthodontist removes them), you can rest assured that your child will always wear them.
Some people find clear braces to be more comfortable than metal braces. They don’t have to worry about the metal brackets scratching the inside of their mouth. However, if you ever do get irritated by clear braces, you can apply wax to the brackets just as you do with metal braces.
Clear Braces Straighten Crooked Teeth
Most importantly, clear braces help to address crooked teeth and issues with your bite. That can help prevent cavities and decay down the road. It can also help to prevent issues such as TMJ from occurring due to a misaligned bite.
To learn more about clear braces, contact Dentistry for Children and Teens today. We are located on Henderson Mill Road in Tucker and Wieuca Road in North Buckhead. We have board certified pediatric dentists as well as orthodontists on site. Call us or set up an appointment online today.