Long gone are the days when old-school metal braces were the only option for people who wanted to straighten their teeth, improve their alignment, and attain a perfect smile. Today, patients can choose from a variety of innovative and effective orthodontic options, including aesthetically pleasing clear braces. Iris Erdell, DDS, MS Orthodontist in Walnut Creek, California specializes in all types of braces, including clear braces. To find out more, call or book your appointment online today.
Clear or ceramic braces are the same type of orthodontic appliance as traditional metal braces, but they’re made out of a truly clear sapphire like material that visually blends into your teeth.
Although the first ceramic braces had a greater tendency to break and were more prone to becoming discolored with wear, clear braces technology has improved drastically over the past several years.
Because they are more durable and easier to care for than ever before, clear braces are a truly viable — and aesthetically pleasing — alternative to traditional braces.
Just like regular metal braces, clear and ceramic braces can correct virtually any alignment or spacing issue.
Because they are just as effective as traditional braces, the main benefit of choosing clear braces lies in what you don’t see: during the time it takes to straighten your teeth and correct your bite, people will notice your smile, not a mouth full of metal brackets and wires.
This major aesthetic advantage makes clear braces an ideal solution for patients who need orthodontic work, but don’t want conspicuous braces.
Another advantage that clear braces have over metal braces is that they allow you to see more trapped food particles, which helps you clean your teeth more carefully so you can prevent staining on underlying enamel.
To prevent decay or discoloration while wearing clear or ceramic braces, it’s important to learn how to get rid of the food particles that accumulate around the brackets and wires.
It may take some time to get used to a new dental hygiene routine, but with a bit of effort, you should be able to develop new dental care habits that preserve your oral health until your braces come off, and beyond.
It’s important to clean your teeth after every meal or snack, without exception, to dislodge food particles that have become trapped in your braces. This can help prevent the decay and plaque formation.
Because flossing can be more challenging with braces, many patients opt to use an oral irrigator, or water pick, to remove food that gets trapped between teeth and around brackets.
No matter how conscientious you are about cleaning your teeth while wearing braces, there’s always the chance that some food debris has been left behind. While undergoing orthodontic treatment, you still need the regular professional cleanings at your general dentist’s office to help ensure your teeth are healthy when your braces finally come off.