Tooth-colored and clear braces are becoming increasingly popular among our patients because they provide the results of traditional orthodontic treatment in a very discreet manner. Some patients prefer less conspicuous oral appliances when they are receiving orthodontic care for aesthetic reasons. Our orthodontist is proud to offer ceramic brackets and clear braces to help our patients improve their smiles without drawing attention to their oral appliances.
Benefits of Ceramic Brackets over Traditional Braces
Traditional braces feature metal or brightly colored brackets and metal and wire ligatures. While these types of braces are very effective, ceramic braces are less noticeable to others. The brackets are made to match the shade of teeth with ceramic materials. Ceramic brackets are the same size and shape as traditional metal braces. In some cases, our orthodontist may use clear wires rather than metal to make ceramic brackets even less noticeable. These types of brackets can also be constructed from ceramic alloys so that the brackets appear translucent.
Ceramic braces work just like traditional braces and can correct bite issues along with straightening teeth. The main difference between traditional orthodontic appliances and ceramic brackets is the materials used to construct these oral appliances.
Clear Braces with Invisalign
An even more discreet option, Invisalign consists of patients wearing aligners, which resemble a retainer. Like traditional and ceramic braces, Invisalign straightens teeth by applying gentle pressure. Unlike ceramic and metal braces, Invisalign aligners are removable. This is so patients can chew food without obstruction and keep their teeth and gums clean with ease. Patients will wear a series of clear, plastic aligners over the course of treatment, with each set of aligners being tighter than the set worn before, to move teeth to healthier positions over time. Although not as effective as ceramic braces or metal braces, Invisalign is incredibly natural looking and is a good option for adults with minimal orthodontic issues.
To learn more about your treatment options, contact our office at 210-921-9191 to reserve an appointment with our experienced orthodontist.