About Clear Braces
How It Works
Orthodontic treatment with clear braces is nearly identical to wearing traditional metal braces.
Treatment time: 12-24 months
Follow Tips for Life with Braces
Attend adjustment visits every four to six weeks
For Older Teens and Adults Only
In some complex cases, Invisalign clear aligners aren’t a good treatment option. When aligners won’t work for an older teen or adult patient, clear braces may provide the best alternative. Clear braces allow the patient to maintain a professional, mature, polished appearance during orthodontic therapy.
Do ceramic braces hurt?
When braces are first placed on teeth, the patient will experience 24-48 hours of soreness. An over-the-counter NSAID will alleviate this discomfort. However, clear braces are actually less likely to irritate soft oral tissues because the brackets are smaller and have rounded corners.
Do ceramic braces easily break?
Ceramic brackets are more than twice as likely to break than metal brackets because they’re more brittle than metal. Therefore, Dr. Tun may recommend clear braces for top teeth and metal braces on lower teeth, which incur less stress than lower teeth during biting and chewing. Patients should be cautious to avoid hard foods and chewing on fingernails, pen caps, or other objects. Wearing a mouthguard during sports is imperative.
Should a bracket break, simply call us for clear braces repair.
What age is too old for clear braces?
A person is never too old to correct orthodontic issues, whether functional or cosmetic. Our eldest patient is 64 years old.
Do ceramic braces stain?
Clear bands around clear brackets can discolor if you use tobacco, regularly eat dark foods, or drink coffee, tea, or red wine. Rest assured, we will replace discolored bands with fresh, clear bands at your tightening appointments.
Furthermore, don’t use whitening toothpaste while undergoing orthodontic treatment. It can cause exposed tooth enamel to become brighter than enamel under the brackets, so when braces are removed at the end of treatment, teeth will look stained.
Can I wear clear braces on my bottom teeth?
It depends on your bite. If you have deep Overbite We don’t advise clear braces on lower teeth. However, you can have traditional metal braces on the bottom teeth and clear braces on the top teeth. This is a common treatment for older teens and adults who don’t want the appearance of obvious, metal braces.
Are clear braces right for you?
Clear braces are an excellent option for patients with complex cases that exclude Invisalign as a treatment option. Call 832-699-3683 to schedule a no-cost, no-obligation consultation with Dr. Wint W. Tun. She’ll take the time to explain your case, advise you about treatment options, and answer all of your questions.