Clear Braces

Discover how these virtually invisible braces can transform your smile without compromising your appearance. Say goodbye to self-consciousness and hello to a confident, radiant smile with clear braces.

A Clear Alternative to Metal Braces

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Ceramic braces are also referred to as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces. They work the same way metal braces do.

About Clear Braces

Our clear braces are designed to be less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. They’re smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material.

These ceramic options blend in well with your natural smile.

Though they’re not completely invisible, and the brackets are about the same size and shape, they’re much less noticeable than metal braces.

Blend in With Clear Braces

Ceramic brackets are a less obvious way to straighten your smile when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties. This option is especially attractive if you are an aesthetic-minded adult or teen.

Ceramic braces are perfect if you want an aesthetic treatment option but don’t want the extra hassle of removable aligners and the responsibility of wear time with clear aligner systems like Invisalign®.

Even though most patients in ceramic braces love how discrete they are, we do have some teens and adults who like to use colored ligature ties.

This gives braces an almost neon look. The colors pop off the clear brackets, creating a really unique look most people haven’t seen before.

Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces

Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that is more likely to chip or crack.

Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.

If you need more drastic corrections, metal braces could be a better option. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take a little more time to align your teeth.

Having said that, both types of braces work on the same principles and tend to be equally as effective in most cases.

You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn’t been a problem for several years. Ceramic brackets won’t stain. But, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in can stain.

This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time. You can choose to avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining. This isn’t necessary since we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.

As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.

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Cost of Clear Braces

One of the biggest factors that affect the cost of your treatment will be the materials used to make your braces.

In our office, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets.

The good news is, we offer flexible payment plans, automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your insurance company for orthodontic benefits.

Our goal is to provide outstanding value for reasonable fees!

Treatment fees will vary depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. Our doctors will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our office will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.

The work it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and take them off must also be factored into the total cost of treatment. Placing and removing ceramic braces takes more time because they’re more sensitive.

Our treatment coordinators will be happy to go over the cost with you at your first free consultation.

Clear Braces FAQ

Answers to common questions, dispel myths, and gain insights into the benefits of this discreet orthodontic option.
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  • What are clear braces?

    Clear braces are an orthodontic appliance that work similarly to traditional braces but are made from a clear or tooth-colored material. They offer a more discreet alternative to metal braces, making them popular among patients who desire a less noticeable orthodontic treatment option.

  • How do clear braces work?

    Clear braces work by applying gentle pressure to gradually move teeth into their desired positions. They consist of brackets that are bonded to the front surface of the teeth and wires that are threaded through the brackets. Throughout treatment, the wires are adjusted periodically to guide teeth into alignment.

  • Are clear braces effective?

    Yes, clear braces are highly effective at straightening teeth and correcting bite issues. They can address a wide range of orthodontic problems, including crowded teeth, spacing issues, and misaligned bites. However, the effectiveness of treatment ultimately depends on factors such as the severity of the case and patient compliance with wearing the braces as instructed.

  • Are clear braces comfortable to wear?

    Many patients find clear braces to be comfortable to wear, especially compared to traditional metal braces. The brackets are typically smaller and smoother, reducing the likelihood of irritation to the lips and cheeks. While there may be some initial discomfort as the mouth adjusts to the braces, this usually subsides quickly.

  • How long does treatment with clear braces take?

    The duration of treatment with clear braces varies depending on the individual patient’s orthodontic needs and goals. On average, treatment with clear braces can take anywhere from 12 to 24 months. Your orthodontist will provide you with a more accurate estimate of the treatment timeline during your initial consultation.

  • Are clear braces suitable for everyone?

    Clear braces are a versatile orthodontic option that can be used to treat many different types of malocclusions. However, they may not be suitable for everyone. Your orthodontist will assess your specific case during your consultation and determine whether clear braces are the right choice for you based on factors such as the complexity of your orthodontic issues and your lifestyle preferences.

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