Clear brackets combine the benefits of traditional metal braces with the benefits of clear plastic aligners, making them an attractive option for many patients. Clear braces use tieless ceramic brackets and advanced archwire technology for a comfortable fit and impressive results. While not quite as invisible as clear aligners, ceramic brackets blend in well with the rest of your smile.
For patients who are not a good fit for clear aligners, clear brackets are an excellent solution. Because they’re attached to your teeth 24/7, you’ll never have to worry about losing them or forgetting to put them back in after brushing. The clear brackets we use are smooth and low-profile, with stain resistance to ensure that they don’t yellow over the course of your treatment as clear brackets used to do in decades past.
During your initial consultation with us, we’ll go over your orthodontic needs, treatment goals, and lifestyle considerations to help you decide if clear braces are right for you or your child.
Frequently Asked Questions About Clear Braces
Do clear braces take longer?
This is a common misconception, but no, clear braces don’t take longer than traditional metal braces. When clear braces were first introduced, they were often prone to breakage and cracking; broken brackets that don’t get replaced promptly can cause treatment times to be extended. Today’s clear brackets are better than ever, so they don’t have these kinds of problems.
Do clear braces turn yellow?
This is another misconception that comes from the first generation of clear braces, which would yellow and stain over time. These days, clear brackets are stain-resistant, so you can rest assured that they will remain clear throughout your entire orthodontic treatment.
Do clear braces hurt?
Clear braces don’t hurt any more than metal braces, which is to say: they may be uncomfortable, but they shouldn’t be painful. Braces hurt the most right after you’ve gotten them, and then after your wires are tightened, you’ll experience some soreness for a day or two afterwards.
How long do clear braces take to work?
The answer to this question depends entirely on how much orthodontic correction is needed. Clear braces usually take between one to three years to produce results, assuming you take good care of your braces and don’t miss any of your appointments with us.
Do clear braces work?
If clear braces didn’t work, we wouldn’t offer them at our practice! Clear braces work the same way that metal braces do, with a series of brackets placed on the teeth to hold archwires in place that gradually move the teeth into their new positions.