A Discreet Alternative to Metal Braces
Metal braces are the oldest solution for treating orthodontic problems and they remain effective today. However, many patients avoid them due to the unsightly brackets that stand out when you smile and painful metal wires that poke your gums.
Thankfully, advancements in dental technology have allowed us to present a more convenient alternative with clear braces. Keep reading to learn about the many advantages of this innovative treatment.
What Are Clear Braces?
Clear braces, also known as ceramic braces, consist of brackets that are made from a tooth-colored ceramic material instead of metal. The wires and bands holding the braces together are also tooth-colored, so they’re far more discreet than traditional braces.
Clear braces can be used to treat virtually any orthodontic problem in roughly the same timeline as metal braces.
Benefits of Clear Braces
Clear braces offer a variety of benefits that metal braces can’t match, including:
- More Comfortable — The ceramic material is less harsh on your cheeks and gums than metal wires.
- More Attractive — While clear braces aren’t invisible, they’re designed to blend in with your smile and are far less noticeable than traditional braces.
- More Durable — Patients who wear metal braces often have to deal with broken or snagged wires, but the ceramic material used for clear braces is very durable and hard to damage.
Clear Braces vs. Invisalign
Since both treatments offer a discreet appearance, many patients wonder about the benefits of clear braces compared to Invisalign. There are several differences between the treatments that will determine which option is best for you.
For example, while Invisalign aligners are removable, clear braces are fixed in place. This means you’ll have some diet restrictions and you’ll need to be especially diligent about keeping them clean. Some patients prefer this since they don’t have to keep track of how long they’re wearing their aligners or worry about losing them.
Another big difference is the treatment time. Clear braces typically take the same amount of time as metal braces, while Invisalign can work up to two times faster. However, Invisalign is only effective for treating mild to moderate orthodontic issues. Clear braces can correct more severe issues, so the extended treatment time is often worth it.
Visit Symmetry Dental For Clear Braces
If you want straight teeth without the social embarrassment caused by metal braces, clear braces are a convenient solution. These tooth-colored ceramic braces offer a more attractive appearance, enhanced comfort, and maximum durability. Call our Calgary, AB office at (403) 271-2661 to schedule a consultation with Dr. Adatia.