What are Clear Braces?
Clear ceramic braces can be used to correct a wide variety of orthodontic and dental problems, including gaps between teeth, overcrowding, overbite, underbite, and crossbite. Did a dentistry practice recommend you consider braces? Most patients who are candidates for metal braces are also candidates for ceramic ones.
What are the Benefits of Clear Ceramic Braces?
Having straight teeth is not just about having a beautiful smile: it is also about maintaining good oral hygiene and dental health. Orthodontic care is essential for restorative dentistry periodontal care, which supports tooth and jaw function rather than purely cosmetic enhancements.
How aligning your teeth can improve your overall dental health
Aligned teeth can:
- Improve speech
- Reduce jaw pain
- Lower risk for cavities and gingivitis
Ceramic braces, and other orthodontic treatments, can vastly improve your dental health, as well as enhance your smile. Beautiful smiles require good orthodontics and good dentistry.
Clear vs Traditional Braces
Clear ceramic braces come with all the dental benefits of braces plus a more cosmetic look. Made from a translucent material that blends in with teeth, they are less noticeable to patients. The material is also more comfortable than traditional braces and easier for patients to clean.
Like traditional braces, clear ceramic braces are attached to the teeth of a patient with brackets and wires, and the wires are tightened over time to gradually move the teeth into their desired position.
It's important to note that clear ceramic braces may not provide the same level of dental and orthodontic corrections as metal braces; metal braces may be more suitable for more intensive orthodontic treatment.
What you can expect during the treatment process
The process of having ceramic braces fitted is the same as with metal braces. Your orthodontist will take an impression of your teeth and will mold your orthodontics plan to your dental and orthodontic needs. Once fitted, you will need to visit your orthodontic office each month to have your braces adjusted and to check on your progress.
Another invisible orthodontic option is lingual braces: braces that sit on the backside of your teeth! These function in much the same way as clear and metal braces, but without any part of the braces dominating your beautiful smile.
When deciding between clear ceramic braces and traditional braces; consider your budget and your comfort level. Ceramic braces may be more expensive, but they are less visible on your teeth and can offer more comfort because of their self-ligating mechanism. Traditional metal braces may be less expensive, but they can be less comfortable and more noticeable. Ultimately, the best option for you will depend on your individual orthodontic and dental needs.
What are the differences between Clear Braces vs Invisalign Aligners?
While both clear braces and Invisalign offer more discreet orthodontic treatment than traditional braces, the technology behind each differs. Clear braces use a wire and bracket system to gradually shift your teeth, while Invisalign uses a system of clear aligners to realign your teeth and get your smile into place.
What are Clear Aligners?
Clear aligners are clear custom-made dental trays designed to gradually straighten your teeth without any metal. The aligners are virtually invisible, so they are more aesthetically pleasing than traditional braces. They also require less maintenance and can be removed for eating and brushing, allowing you freedom and to easily keep up your dentistry routine.
Patients wear each set of Invisalign aligners for 1 to 2 weeks before they start the next pair of aligners. Then your orthodontist will provide you with the next few sets of aligners after each office visit. Once every 6-10 weeks you will go into the office and see your orthodontist to check on your treatment process.
Invisalign and other clear, invisible aligners tend to be more expensive than traditional or clear braces but are the least visible orthodontic treatment and allow patients more day-to-day flexibility in their orthodontic care with less frequent office visits. However, Invisalign aligners may not suit some more intense orthodontic needs.
Although the removability of aligners can give a patient flexibility, they need to diligently monitor their clear aligners treatment to avoid any hiccups. Since clear braces are attached to the teeth of a patient, there is no need for patients to worry about forgetting to put them back on or disrupting their smile journey.
Consult with your orthodontist about clear treatment options
Clear ceramic braces are an excellent choice for a patient looking for discreet orthodontic treatment with excellent results. For those looking to straighten their teeth without sacrificing appearance, ceramic braces may be the perfect solution!
Columbus care for our patients and their smiles
Columbus patients love clear braces to improve their smiles. At Hutta and Price Orthodontics, our office is proud to provide orthodontic care with cosmetic results for patients across Columbus OH. Launch your perfect smile with a complimentary consultation!