Clear braces are modern orthodontic appliances attached to the teeth that slowly shift and straighten them over time. They work on the same principles as traditional metal braces. However, their brackets are clear or tooth-colored, making them much less noticeable than conventional braces. At Paradigm Dental, our dentist recommends clear braces for teen and adult patients looking for a more discreet option for orthodontic treatment.
How Do Clear Braces Straighten Teeth?
Clear braces straighten teeth the same way traditional metal braces do. The brackets are attached to each tooth and wires and bands are used to apply gradual pressure and move the teeth into place over time. This treatment requires periodic adjustments of the wires and brackets to help shift the teeth into alignment and make them as straight as possible.
The main difference between metal braces and clear braces is that clear braces have brackets made from a durable acrylic material that is transparent or tooth-colored. The wires can also be clear and made from materials that are less rigid than metal, so they’re less likely to break or cause irritation to the cheeks and lips. In some cases, the wires may also be coated in a tooth-colored composite material to make them even less noticeable.
Clear braces are usually recommended for minor to moderate misalignment issues such as slightly misaligned front teeth or mild bite problems. For more severe alignment issues, our dentist may recommend metal braces instead.
The Benefits of Clear Braces
Clear braces are a more aesthetic and discreet option for straightening teeth than metal braces as they are less visible. They are also more comfortable than traditional braces, as they have no metal parts that may rub against your lips or the inside of your cheeks causing discomfort. With clear braces, you can keep your treatment a secret until you are ready to reveal your brand-new smile to friends and family.
Treatment with clear braces usually takes the same time as standard orthodontic treatment with traditional metal braces. Clear braces are also a versatile option, as they are suitable for a wide range of orthodontic issues. They can be used to fix misaligned, crowded, gapped, or overlapped teeth.
For more information about our orthodontic treatment options, visit Paradigm Dental at 3970 SW Mercantile Dr. Lake Oswego, Oregon 97035, or call (503) 626-7323. We’re always happy to speak with you about your care.