Clear Braces Q & A
What are braces?
Braces are an effective orthodontic treatment for straightening crooked teeth and misaligned bites. They’re composed of bands, wires, and brackets. The brackets are bonded to the front of your tooth, around which the bands are wrapped in order to anchor an archwire. The archwire is tightened to put tension on your teeth, which gradually moves them into a straighter position over a period of time.
Your braces will need to be periodically adjusted as your teeth move into place. You’ll typically come into the office of Crownridge Dental for this procedure every month. All in all, straightening teeth with braces can be done as quickly as a few months or as long as a few years, depending on where your teeth are starting.
What are clear braces?
Clear braces are just like traditional braces, but the brackets are made of a clear ceramic material rather than metal, greatly reducing how visible they are in your mouth. Sometimes a tooth-colored wire is even used to further reduce their visibility.
How do clear braces compare to traditional braces or aligners?
Clear braces are just as effective as metal braces in moving your teeth into proper alignment, but they’re much less noticeable, making them a particularly attractive choice for patients looking to minimize the appearance of their treatment. Clear braces are more expensive than metal braces, though, and they can stain easily if you don’t properly care for them.
Clear braces are also a popular alternative to invisible orthodontic aligners. Clear braces tend to straighten teeth more quickly and require fewer adjustments than invisible aligners, which means reduced discomfort and less time going to check-ups at Dr. Pham’s office. Clear braces are also a better choice for more complex issues, like correcting a bite, widening an arch, or turning a tooth in its socket, which invisible aligners aren’t always able to treat.
If you’re interested in learning more about how clear braces can discreetly straighten your smile, Dr. Pham is happy to explain your options and guide you through a safe and easy orthodontic treatment. Call the office of Crownridge Dental or use the convenient online booking tool to schedule an appointment today.