What Are Clear Braces?

Clear braces are a subtle alternative to traditional braces and provide a solution to similar orthodontic problems. The primary difference in the clear version of braces is that they are less noticeable. When you have metal braces, anyone who sees you smiling or talking notices the braces. If you want the less obvious version of braces, the clear ones become an attractive choice. Although non-traditional braces are more expensive to make, some orthodontists offer similar pricing to more-traditional counterparts.

What are clear braces made of?

Clear braces are made from a variety of different materials depending on the company who manufactures them. For this reason, the quality of these braces can vary dramatically. Individuals looking to try this more subtle type of braces should do their homework on the orthodontist who will be installing them. Cheaper versions of these braces can end up as sunk cost and provide no improvement to the teeth. Here are some of the materials used to make braces:

  • Ceramic
  • Plastic
  • Plastic emulator
  • Porcelain

How do clear braces look on teeth?

The look will be different than traditional metal braces. An orthodontist will determine where the braces should be placed on the teeth. In most cases, these braces are placed only on the top teeth. The reason for this is simple: to prevent chipped teeth. Quality braces are made from ceramic, which is a hard material that can scratch the top teeth. If braces are only on the top, the bottom teeth will not be a threat to the most vulnerable teeth.

Do clear braces wear down?

Most people are concerned about the quality of non-traditional braces. While the quality varies by manufacturer, the concern about the wear and tear is valid. With low-quality versions, the material will deteriorate and discolor. It can even turn a yellowish color, which is unsanitary-looking for the mouth. The one caveat is that these braces have removable elastic ties so that the worn ones will be easily replaced at every appointment.

The cost of clear braces

These non-traditional braces are more expensive to make and therefore are often more costly to purchase. However, the exact price is up to the orthodontist that the patient will visit. Doing research online can help patients determine which orthodontist provides quality braces, both in terms of material and price. Finding the balance between both is key to making a sound long-term investment.

Are clear braces the right option for you?

As you now know, clear versions of braces are an exciting alternative to the metal kind. Although there are some disadvantages, depending on the manufacturer and orthodontist, there are also plenty of upsides. If you are someone concerned about how metal braces will look on your teeth, the clear versions could be the ideal option for you. Contact a dental professional to learn more about your options for braces and the potential advantages and disadvantages each type of braces will present.

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