Having braces doesn't necessarily require highly noticeable metal brackets and wires. In fact, many of today's braces are made from either clear or natural tooth colored materials to provide patients with an attractive, less noticeable alternative to traditional braces.
As with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to choose the right option for your needs and lifestyle. Clear braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces and your orthodontist will help you determine whether they are the right treatment for you. 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.
Are the results just as good with clear braces (compared with metal)?
We are often asked if clear braces are as effective as metal brackets? The answer is yes! Dr. Henry uses all of the same wires and mechanics with clear braces and metal braces. The metal versus clear braces decision is simply a personal preference choice based on how you want them to look!
How old do I have to be to get clear brackets?
Although the majority of patients in our practice with clear braces are adults, age is not a determining factor in the braces you can choose. A rising percentage of our teenage patients are choosing clear brackets. And even though huge majority of our Phase I (ages 7-10) patients like to have colorful braces (colored ties are often placed on the metal brackets for decoration/fun), even some of our youngest patients choose the clear braces?
What is the difference between clear braces and clear aligners?
Clear braces work the same way as traditional metal braces except that they are clear! Clear braces are a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces and provide patients with an equally effective treatment.
Clear aligners are different from clear braces. Clear aligners are pieces of hard plastic that are designed to fit into your mouth like a mouthguard. Clear aligners are great for patients requiring minor orthodontic treatment.
Are clear or ceramic braces the right choice for my smile and me?
By talking to Dr. Henry, you can decide if clear or ceramic braces are the right treatment for you. Our office can provide answers to your questions and extra information explaining the benefits of each treatment. If you would like to learn more about clear braces, ceramic braces, and all of the options available to you, please contact our practice at (918) 294-7705 and schedule an appointment today.