We offer invisible braces with ceramic or clear brackets to give our patients a more discreet option than traditional braces. Even though invisible braces still use wires connected to brackets, they are far less noticeable than the traditional alternative.
Invisible braces function like traditional metal braces, but instead of metal brackets, your orthodontist uses clear or tooth-colored ones that blend with your teeth. You can get clear brackets or tooth-colored ceramic brackets that attach to teeth just like metal brackets.
Clear and ceramic braces take about the same time as traditional braces because it’s the same process. Like traditional braces, clear and ceramic braces don’t usually work as fast as clear aligners, like Invisalign®. However, if Invisalign clear aligners aren’t right for you, then ceramic and clear braces provide a nearly invisible orthodontic experience.
Before deciding on clear braces, it’s important to know how to care for them. Ceramic and clear braces offer a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces, but they are more susceptible to stains. While the actual brackets don’t necessarily stain, the clear elastics holding the wires in place can stain.
To prevent your clear braces from turning yellow, it’s important to brush, floss, and rinse immediately after eating to remove the food particles that could discolor your braces. You may also want to avoid certain foods and drinks that have dark pigments, like berries, coffee, dark sodas, and artificial colors.
Like other types of braces, you may experience some soreness when you first get invisible braces, and then for the first few days after an adjustment. However, it should be manageable with home remedies, including over-the-counter pain relievers.
If you happen to experience sharp or shooting pain due to your clear braces, contact your orthodontist or dentist immediately.
Paying for braces is probably the first consideration when exploring your options for orthodontic treatment. Ceramic and clear braces cost more than traditional braces, and the total cost depends on the complexity of the case.