Fixed braces can often provide the very best outcome, but we realise that not everyone likes to have metal braces. This is why we offer our patients the option of clear braces.
What Are Clear Braces?
Clear braces work in exactly the same way as conventional fixed braces but are less visible. They consist of clear or ceramic brackets that are bonded onto your teeth and which are attached to tooth coloured or very thin wires that are very unobtrusive. These braces can be a good choice for more self-conscious teens or for adults who wish to discreetly straighten their teeth.
Are There Any Differences between Clear Braces and Conventional Braces?
One difference between clear braces and conventional braces is that clear braces do not use elastics. Instead, they are what are called self ligating which means the brackets are designed to use clips rather than elastics to help hold the wires in position. The advantage of this treatment is that the bracket design creates minimal friction when moving your teeth. The lack of elastics can make it easier to clean around your brace so it’s more straightforward to keep your teeth clean during orthodontic treatment.
Who Can Have Clear Braces?
Just like conventional fixed braces, clear braces are ideal for treating more complex orthodontic problems. Their design allows our dentist to achieve precise tooth movements, as when the brackets are fixed onto the teeth, they provide more control over the way your teeth will move during treatment compared to removable braces. It’s also possible to have clear braces to correct more cosmetically oriented problems that only affect your front teeth. By focusing on correcting your smile, we can often complete your orthodontic treatment much more quickly than using conventional orthodontics because only your front teeth will be moved.
Will I Still Need to Wear Retainers after Treatment Is Completed?
Retainers are necessary whichever kind of treatment you choose as their job is to hold your teeth in their new positions once your braces are removed until the tissues surrounding your teeth settle down. They are an important part of your orthodontic treatment and if you choose, your retainer can be fixed in place. Fixed retainers consist of a thin metal wire that is bonded onto the inside surfaces of your teeth and work continuously to hold your teeth in their correct places.
How Often Will I Need to See the Dentist during Treatment?
You will need regular checks with us here at Casey Dental Group. This is to make sure treatment is progressing as we have planned and to make any necessary adjustments to your brace. If any brackets or wires break in between appointments, then please make an appointment to see us as soon as you can so we can mend your brace without delaying your treatment.