At the ultra-modern Forest &Ray dental clinic, we do not use completely clear and translucent materials on the teeth; unless in the form of aligners. Traditional clear braces are actually tooth-coloured. We match clear braces as closely as possible to the shade of the natural teeth so that they blend in, rather than stand out.
Many adults think that, due to their age, they have fewer orthodontic options than kids. Contrary to popular belief, adults have more options with orthodontics. While children have a soft jaw that is easier to move, adults are more responsible and can use options like clear aligners without fear of losing them. Ceramic braces are also a better fit for adults than children because children are more likely to stain them due to irregular brushing habits.
Also, you might be interested to know that there is a distinction between clear braces and ones that aren’t clear but still can’t be seen. Some patients, with our input, choose lingual braces. With lingual braces, we can place the brackets and wires on the backside of the teeth. This way, it is nearly impossible to tell that someone is undergoing an orthodontic treatment. While not necessarily "clear," the fact that lingual braces achieve the same results are due to how discreet and effective they are.
3 Interesting Facts About Clear Braces
#1. CLEAR BRACES MAY NOT BE BRACES AT ALL
Patients who prefer to wear clear aligners can straighten their teeth without brackets and wires. One of the most popular brands of clear aligners on the market is Invisalign®. With the use of specialized technology, At Forest & Ray, we can create clear aligners and map out the path the teeth will take from their current position.
Each aligner in the series moves teeth closer to their final position. An individual will typically wear one clear aligner in the series for two weeks at a time. Once the aligner feels loose, it is swapped for the next one and so on. Our expert professionals know that many of our patients prefer this option because the aligners come out during mealtime so there are no eating restrictions.
#2. CLEAR BRACES ARE REMOVABLE
They have a feature that sets them apart from all other orthodontic options: clear braces are removable. Metal braces—whether they’re traditional, lingual or ceramic—are fixed to your smile. It doesn’t matter if you’d like to take them off to check the health of your teeth or eat a popcorn snack. So, you and your braces are inseparable.
This means you can remove your clear braces to:
- Eat your favourite foods. There’s no need to skip hard sweets or take smaller bites. With Invisalign, your removable aligners allow you to enjoy any foods you choose.
- Easily clean your teeth. Forget buying a water flosser or carefully brushing your teeth to avoid popping an archwire. Simply take your clear braces out to thoroughly brush and floss your teeth.
- Convenient progress in treatment. Thanks to Invisalign, you’ll bypass adjustments at your orthodontist’s office. Progressing in your treatment is as simple as putting in a new aligner.
#3. TREATMENT TIMES ARE SIMILAR
Wearing traditional braces and clear ones produce similar or equal results. The process moves teeth from crooked to straight in a steady and methodical manner that achieves results without causing tooth or root damage. While some products claim to move teeth faster, treatment times are similar regardless of the type of orthodontic solution a patient uses.
The best way to learn more about your braces options—clear braces or traditional ones—is to visit Forest & Ray dental clinic for a consultation. Contact us today. Straight teeth and a brilliant smile can be yours regardless of your age.