Clear braces are made of ceramic or porcelain materials that blend in with the natural color of your teeth.
Unlike metal braces, clear braces are much less noticeable, so you'll feel more confident during your treatment. They’re also more comfortable to wear and don't irritate your mouth as much as metal braces.
Clear braces work like traditional braces by applying gentle pressure to your teeth to gradually move them into the proper alignment.
They’re suitable for many orthodontic problems, including crooked teeth, overcrowding, overbites, underbites, and crossbites.
The Clear Difference With Ceramic Braces
The main difference between metal braces and clear braces is the material used to make them. Metal braces are made of stainless steel, while clear braces use ceramic or porcelain.
Ceramic braces are more expensive than metal braces, but they offer a more aesthetic and comfortable option. They are also more fragile than metal braces, so you should take extra care to avoid breaking them.
Due to the cost and fragility, our doctors believe ceramic braces are better for adults and older teens than children and younger teens.
Caring For Clear Braces
Staining is a common concern with clear braces, but thankfully, that isn't something you'll need to worry about. Modern ceramic braces are stain-resistant. However, the glue we use to attach the brackets can stain, giving an overall impression of discoloration over time.
You can avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc., to reduce the chance of staining, but it isn't necessary since your orthodontist will change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
If you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan designed by Dr. Lively or Dr. Napoli, you shouldn't have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
The Cost of
The cost of clear braces varies depending on several factors, including the severity of your orthodontic problem and the length of your treatment.
We'll also factor in the time it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and remove them into your total treatment cost. Placing and removing ceramic braces demands more attention and technique from our Lively & Napoli Orthodontics experts, requiring more time.
In general, clear braces are more expensive than metal braces, but many insurance plans cover them, and Lively & Napoli Orthodontics offers flexible payment options to help you afford your treatment.
Who Can Wear
Clear braces are great if you want a discreet, comfortable option for straightening your smile. They are suitable for both adults and teenagers who want to improve their smile without the appearance of traditional metal braces.
However, clear braces may not be the best option for patients with severe orthodontic problems or those who play contact sports or musical instruments that could damage the brackets.
Correct Your Smile
With Clear Braces
Clear braces are an excellent option to get a straighter smile without a mouth full of metal. At Lively & Napoli Orthodontics, you'll get personalized and compassionate care to help you get your dream smile.