Having braces doesn’t necessarily require metal brackets. Some of today’s braces are made from either clear or natural tooth-colored ceramic or plastic materials.
These non-metal braces offer an attractive alternative to metal braces. But differences in mechanics and their placement and removal do exist.
What is the difference between clear braces and clear aligners?
Clear ceramic or plastic braces are the same as metal braces, except that they are clear! Clear braces are less noticeable than traditional metal braces and provide patients with an effective treatment.
Clear aligners are different from clear braces. They consist of pieces of hard plastic designed to fit into your mouth like a mouthguard. Clear aligners can be great for patients who require minor orthodontic treatment.
What are the advantages and disadvantages to clear braces?
As with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to choose the right option for your needs and lifestyle. Clear braces may be an alternative to metal braces, and Dr. Kuhn will help you determine whether they are the right treatment for you.
Advantages to clear braces
- Appearance: Clear ceramic or plastic braces are less noticeable than metal braces. They offer an aesthetic alternative for patients who seek options other than metal braces.
- Confidence: Many patients, especially adults, who choose clear braces will feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment.
Disadvantages to clear braces
- Cost: Clear braces cost more than traditional metal braces.
- Discoloration: The clear braces and matching clear elastic ties used with these braces may become discolored if you drink tea, coffee, or wine, and eat certain foods or smoke.
- Treatment Time: Orthodontic treatment with clear braces may take longer than traditional metal braces. They tend to be less mechanically efficient.
Are clear or ceramic braces the right choice for my smile and me?
By talking to Dr. Kuhn, you can decide whether clear ceramic or plastic braces are the right treatment for you. Dr. Kuhn can provide answers to your questions and information to explain the benefits of each treatment.
If you would like to learn more about clear braces and all of the options available to you, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment today.