shutterstock_148228331Wearing braces doesn’t mean having a “metal mouth” anymore. Modern braces can be made from a translucent ceramic material, which matches the shade of your teeth.

Our Meridian and Boise office offers clear braces to patients who want the efficiency and precision of braces but don’t want to show all the metal.

What is the advantage of clear braces over clear aligners?

Both clear braces and aligners offer the benefit of having orthodontic treatment without showing a lot of metal on your teeth.

Clear braces, like regular braces, use small brackets that are temporarily cemented to the teeth. A wire runs through the brackets and delivers a gentle force to each tooth, moving all the teeth simultaneously. The cemented bracket on each tooth allows more control and efficiency than the aligners, which simply grip the crown of the tooth. The clear braces use a steel or titanium wire to apply a sustained gentle force to the teeth. The aligner moves teeth using the limited resiliency of the plastic. It is a higher level, shorter duration force.

What are the advantages to clear braces?

As with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to choose the right option for your needs and lifestyle. Clear braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces and your Boise or Meridian orthodontist will help you determine whether they are the right treatment for you.

Advantages to clear braces:

  • Appearance: Ceramic braces and clear braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Clear and ceramic braces offer an esthetic alternative for patients seeking options other than traditional metal braces.
  • Confidence: Many patients who choose ceramic or clear braces feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on their smiles rather than their braces.

Are ceramic or clear braces the right choice for my smile and me?

ABO board certified orthodontist buttonWhen you are in the office you can examine a model of clear braces. You can decide if clear braces are the right option for you.

Dr. Tingey is happy to answer your questions and discuss the advantages of clear braces with you. If you would like to learn more about clear braces, ceramic braces, and all of the options available to you, please contact our Meridian or Boise orthodontic practice and schedule an appointment today.