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 alternative to traditional braces. At West End Orthodontics we have a Richmond clear braces specialist who can help you decide the best choice for you!
What is the difference between clear braces and Invisalign?
Clear braces are the same as traditional metal braces except that they are clear. The Invisalign system is a series of hard plastic aligners that are designed to fit into your mouth like a mouthguard.
Are clear braces the right choice for my smile and me?
By talking to Richmond clear braces specialist Dr. Iuorno, you can decide if clear braces are the right treatment for you. He 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 and schedule an appointment today.
What are the advantages and disadvantages to clear braces?
Advantages to clear braces:
- Appearance: 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.
- Confidence: Many patients who choose ceramic or clear braces feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on their smiles rather than their braces.
Disadvantages to clear braces:
- Discoloration: The clear elastic ties that are used with clear and ceramic braces may become slightly discolored from drinking tea, coffee, wine, eating certain foods, or smoking. Ask your orthodontist about how you can keep your braces looking their best.
- Treatment Time: Orthodontic treatment with clear or ceramic braces may take longer than with traditional metal braces. If you don’t mind investing a little more time in your smile, then talk to your orthodontist to find out how long your treatment time will be with clear or ceramic braces.