With the technological advancement in orthodontics, people are now looking for less visible treatment options. While the main objective of orthodontic treatment has always been to straighten teeth, innovations in technology have made it possible to offer alternatives that also prioritize the aesthetics of the patient both before and after treatment. One of these options is clear bracket braces, often known as invisible or transparent braces.
About clear braces
Clear braces are an orthodontic treatment that is used to realign the teeth. They can fix various orthodontic problems, including overlapping, crowded, gapped, and misaligned teeth. Compared to metal braces, clear braces are more discrete and less evident. Clear aligners are an innovative solution made of transparent or “invisible” materials that match the color of the teeth. They are generally built of ceramic or sapphire, not only because they match the color of the teeth but also because the color does not fade with time, and these materials are incredibly durable.
Uses of Clear Braces
Clear bracket braces are suitable for adults and teenagers. Both traditional metal braces and clear braces are equally effective. Orthodontists use transparent braces to treat a variety of misalignment problems, such as:
- Malocclusion, or an “odd” bite.
- Crossed teeth
- Open biting
- Spaces or gaps.
Placing clear braces
Using a special dental cement, the orthodontist fixes the clear ceramic brackets to the front surfaces of the teeth. After placing the brackets, the orthodontist will attach a tooth-colored wire and secure it using metal bands on the back molars. To keep the wire securely in place, they will finally add clear elastics to the brackets. While the procedure generally takes one to two hours
Benefits of Clear Braces
Clear braces boost one’s confidence and self-worth and enhance oral health and functionality. An uneven bite can increase the risk of cavities and gum disease. When teeth are crowded or overlapping, brushing becomes more challenging. Using clear braces for correcting teeth alignment also lowers chewing problems.
Safe use of epoxy
The ceramic bonding adhesive is less damaging to tooth enamel than the adhesive needed for metal braces.
For Invisalign users, cleaning transparent aligners regularly is easy. These are removable and can be taken off when needed without any hassle. However, when it comes to clear ceramic brackets, there is less chance of losing or misplacing them. There will be no need for the daily reminder to wear them for 22+ hours per day since they will be attached to teeth while being transparent.
Unlike traditional braces, which are made of metal brackets and wires, clear ceramic braces do not irritate or damage the delicate tissues of the mouth.
Although choosing braces is not always straightforward, patients today have several different options for treatment. If the thought of ordinary metal braces makes one cringe, one can consider clear bracket braces. Because of its robustness, covert look, and effectiveness, this treatment has become popular among teen and adult patients.