Lake Minnetonka Orthodontics provides services for clear brackets in Minnetonka, Excelsior, and Wayzata. Call us today to learn more and schedule your appointment.
There is something to be said about traditional metal braces that have been around for so many years. But, if you are looking for an alternative that gives you the same tried-and-true results without the metal appearance then clear ceramic brackets may be just what you are looking for.
We offer clear brackets as an alternative to traditional metal braces and invisible aligners. These braces combine tieless ceramic brackets with advanced archwire technology for a comfortable feel and fantastic results. The ceramic brackets are designed to blend in naturally with your smile and the archwire moves teeth more quickly and predictably than traditional wires.
What makes clear braces a great solution is that they combine the best features of invisible aligners and metal braces. If you want to straighten your teeth or adjust your bite, but you don’t like the appearance of standard metal braces, consider getting clear brackets instead.
Advantages of Clear Brackets
From afar, clear brackets are virtually invisible. They’re not actually clear, but instead made from tooth-colored ceramic material that makes them less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Some of the advantages of clear brackets include:
- Clear braces can treat complex orthodontic cases that are not a good fit for treatment with invisible aligners.
- Some patients find it inconvenient or embarrassing to have to remove their aligners whenever they eat and appreciate clear braces instead.
- Clear brackets are always attached to your teeth, so they’re working 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Invisible aligners only work when you’re wearing them. Patients who take them off often may have lengthened treatment times.
- Many young patients want a clear orthodontic treatment solution, but their parents worry about them losing their aligners or not complying with their treatment guidelines.
- The clear brackets used at our office are smooth and low-profile. If you had clear braces in the past, you may be wary about your teen getting them because you remember the brackets becoming stained over time, but today’s ceramic brackets are stain-resistant to ensure that they remain “clear” for the duration of any orthodontic treatment.
During your initial consultation with us, we’ll go over your treatment goals, orthodontic needs, and lifestyle considerations and determine whether clear braces are right for you or your child.
Frequently Asked Questions About Clear Brackets
Can clear braces be used on both top and bottom teeth?
Yes, absolutely. Clear ceramic brackets and wires work just like traditional braces which means they can be used to treat alignment issues on both top and bottom teeth.
How do I know if clear ceramic braces are the right choice for me?
If you are interested in aligning your teeth and creating a beautiful smile, but you want to do so discreetly, then clear braces may be a great option. However, your orthodontist will be able to tell you exactly what braces will work best for your treatment needs - and whether or not clear braces are an option for you.
How do I care for clear braces?
Caring for clear ceramic braces is rather easy, but you must maintain good oral hygiene. It is essential to brush and floss daily.
Brushing your teeth at least twice each day will help to remove any food particles or debris that has found its way between your teeth or within the brackets or wires. It would not be uncommon to brush your teeth after each time you eat to keep them clean.
Flossing at least once each day will help you to reach the food debris that has lodged itself where brushing can’t reach. Look for a floss designed for braces to make this task a bit easier.
At the very least, you should be rinsing your mouth thoroughly with water after each meal.
Do clear ceramic braces hurt?
Clear ceramic brackets and wires are designed just like traditional metal braces which means they require regular wire-tightening appointments. After each of these sessions, your braces will likely feel tight and may bring slight discomfort to your teeth, cheeks, and gums. This pain will subside after a couple of days.