Today, some braces options are discreet without any loud metal brackets or wires. A less noticeable type of braces are those made from clear or natural tooth-colored materials.
What is the difference between clear braces and clear aligners?
Clear braces work in the same fashion as the traditional metal braces we are all familiar with. The difference is that clear braces are made of clear material that makes them a more discreet alternative to traditional metal braces without compromising treatment effectiveness.
Clear aligners are not braces, they are plastic trays that fit over the teeth similar to the way a mouthguard would. Clear aligners are ideal for patients who require only a minor level of correction.
What are the advantages and disadvantages to clear braces?
Like with any other orthodontic treatment, you should take into account your needs and lifestyle before choosing the appliance that is right for you.
Advantages to clear braces:
- Appearance: Ceramic braces and clear braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Clear and ceramic braces offer an aesthetic alternative for patients seeking options other than traditional metal braces.
- Confidence: Many patients who choose ceramic or clear braces feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on their smiles rather than their braces.
Disadvantages to clear braces:
- Cost: Clear braces tend to be more expensive than traditional braces. However, do not let that price increase discourage you. We offer convenient payment plans and can check with your insurance to see if they will cover any costs.
- Discoloration: Clear braces use clear elastic ties. These elastic ties can become discolored from drinking coffee, tea, and wine.
- Treatment Time: The treatment time with clear braces is a bit longer than with traditional metal braces but the results will be just as spectacular.
Are clear or ceramic braces the right choice for my smile and me?
To find out if clear braces are right for you, book a consultation with us and we can help you decide. To learn more, book an appointment today.