What are Clear Ceramic Braces?
Clear braces are similar to traditional metal braces, except the brackets are made from clear ceramic material making them much less visible. Ceramic clear braces are often used on older teenagers and adults who are concerned about the aesthetics of having a mouth full of metal braces.
The brackets are made from a clear or tooth-colored ceramic material and are typically a little larger than a metal bracket. Clear ceramic braces also require more attention in regard to brushing and flossing.
Initial Consultation for Clear Braces
Come to our offices in Ashburn VA & Woodbridge VA for your no-obligation initial consultation, the orthodontist will explain all the treatment options available and help you choose the option that will give you the best result.
When the misalignment is marked and bodily movements of the teeth are required, invisible and clear aligners may not work. In these cases, fixed orthodontic braces are the best solution.
Our highly experienced in-house orthodontist Dr. Hessamfar can use white ceramic brackets from the leading dental company 3M unitek on the upper teeth instead of the silver metal brackets.
You will see the orthodontist around every 4-6 weeks to adjust and tighten the brace until you finish the treatment with much straighter and better functioning teeth as well as being more confident in your smile that lasts a lifelong!
Orthodontist for Clear Braces in Ashburn and Woodbridge VA
Pros and Cons of Clear Ceramic Braces
Clear Braces: Pros
- Appearance - Clear and ceramic braces are far less noticeable than metal braces and offer an aesthetic solution for patients looking for alternatives to conventional metallic braces.
- Confidence - Patients who choose ceramic or clear braces feel more confident about undergoing orthodontic treatment since they know people will be focusing more on their smile than the fact that they’re wearing braces.
Clear Braces: Cons
- Cost - Clear and ceramic braces are more expensive than traditional metal braces. American Braces & Smile Center Orthodontics in Ashburn and Woodbridge, VA offers financial options to help patients spread the cost of their orthodontic treatment.
- Discoloration - The clear ties that are used with ceramic and clear braces do have a tendency to stain if you consume certain drinks (coffee or red wine), smoke, or eat certain foods.
What is the difference between clear braces and clear aligners?
Clear aligners are different from clear braces. Clear aligners are pieces of hard plastic that are designed to fit into your mouth like a mouthguard. Clear aligners are great for patients requiring minor orthodontic treatment.
Additionally, clear braces are a good fit for those people with severely crooked teeth who are not considered candidates for clear aligners.
Are Clear Braces suitable for me?
Clear braces may be the right choice for you if the problem with your bite cannot be corrected with the clear aligners and you are still concerned about the appearance of traditional braces. With proper care, ceramic braces will quickly and effectively correct most bite or alignment issues that can be treated with traditional braces.
Are Clear Braces cheaper than Invisalign?
Most insurance companies contribute to the cost of orthodontic treatment but you should contact your insurance company for your specific coverage details.
To determine if clear ceramic braces will be a good fit for you, contact the office to schedule a free orthodontic consultation with orthodontist Dr. Hessamfar. He can also guide you through the decision-making process and will help you to choose the best type of braces for your exact needs.