Clear braces are orthodontic appliances that help straighten teeth using the same principles as metal braces. The difference is that instead of using metal brackets and wires like traditional braces, clear braces use brackets made from a tooth-colored ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of your teeth.
At Smile 4 Less Orthodontics, we recommend clear braces when patients are looking for a more discreet and less noticeable treatment option. The ceramic brackets closely match the color of your teeth, making them blend in and appear less noticeable when you smile. Clear braces can correct a wide range of orthodontic issues, including misaligned teeth, overcrowding, gaps, and bite problems.
Difference Between Clear Braces and Metal Braces
Clear braces use brackets made from a tooth-colored ceramic material that blends in with the natural color of your teeth. This makes them less noticeable compared to traditional metal braces. Metal braces have metal brackets attached to the teeth and connected with metal wires. They are more apparent and can be seen when you smile or speak.
Clear braces are designed to be more discreet and blend in with the natural color of your teeth. This makes them popular for individuals who want a less noticeable orthodontic treatment option. Metal braces are more prominent due to their metal brackets and wires.
The Benefits of Clear Braces
- Clear braces fit more comfortably on the teeth than metal braces, especially on the lower teeth. The brackets are smooth and comfortable inside your mouth and will not irritate your tongue or cheeks.
- Their clear appearance makes them much more discreet than traditional metal braces, making them a popular choice for teens and adults wanting a more subtle look while getting orthodontic treatment. While traditional metal braces are still very effective at moving your teeth and aligning your bite, they aren’t nearly as discreet as clear braces.
- The brackets of clear braces are gentler on your gums compared to traditional metal braces. The materials clear braces are made from are softer and more comfortable, which means less soreness during treatment.
- There are no major restrictions regarding what you can and cannot eat with clear braces. However, to prevent damaging your appliances and slowing your progress, you should avoid certain foods and drinks. This includes soda, candy, cookies, nuts, popcorn, and chips. You should also avoid sticky foods like chewing gum and caramel.
Clear braces are a great choice for patients looking for a more discreet orthodontic treatment option. Visit Smile 4 Less Orthodontics at any of our three locations in El Paso, TX, or call (915) 304-3090 to determine if clear braces are the right choice for your specific dental needs and goals.