Most people want a straighter smile, but some may be hesitant to undergo a braces treatment because they don’t wish to have a mouth full of metal, as traditional braces utilize. After all, this conspicuous treatment can not only hinder self-confidence, but may also affect one’s daily life, with social interactions and professional situations. Fortunately, there is an alternative with clear braces. Clear braces are made using advanced computer technology that predicts tooth movement. This ensures that your dentist knows exactly how the braces are moving the teeth.
Clear braces are most effective for adults and older teenagers; if younger children are in need of orthodontic treatment, traditional braces are usually more appropriate for their needs. Common orthodontic conditions that can be treated using clear braces include:
- Crowded teeth
- Widely spaced teeth
- Crooked teeth
Clear ceramic braces are made of composite materials. They are larger than metal brackets, but are not as strong. They utilize small rubber bands, or ligatures, to secure them to the archwire. As with traditional braces, ceramic brackets are not removable until the end of the treatment. They can produce irritation and may create complications in daily tooth care and activities (such as in eating certain foods). Treatment with clear braces is usually longer since the force used with them is more gradual than with traditional metal braces, resulting in a gentler move for the teeth. Clear braces can cost more than other braces, but they may be funded with financing or insurance.
Another less conspicuous alternative to traditional metal braces is inside braces. These attach the brackets of braces to the back of the teeth, hiding them from view. This quality may make them more appealing to adult patients, but they can be especially uncomfortable and difficult to clean. They also tend to cost more than other options.
If you have been looking for a solution to straighten your teeth, but do not want a treatment that is too conspicuous, contact us today to book a consultation. Your dentist can advise you on the best type of braces to suit your needs.