3 Types of Clear Braces

3 Types of Clear Braces

If you need to have your teeth straightened but dread the idea of revealing metal in your mouth, don’t fear! Thanks to clear braces, you can get the smile you desire without having to show the world you’re getting treated.

At Millennium Park Orthodontics in Chicago, Howard Spector, DDS, and our team offer several types of clear braces. Here’s a look at ceramic braces, Invisalign® aligners, and lingual braces.

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces are very similar to traditional metal braces, but the brackets are made of clear ceramic, so they’re much less noticeable. The wires that connect the brackets can either be silver or clear, and the elastics that connect the brackets and wires can also be clear.

Because the materials used in ceramic braces are more advanced, they can be more expensive than regular braces. You also have to be careful with what you eat and drink to avoid staining the clear or silver materials. Along these same lines, you also have to be very consistent with your oral hygiene routine to keep the braces clean and clear.

You’ll see Dr. Spector every 4-6 weeks for adjustments, and depending on your case, you’ll wear your clear braces 1-3 years.

Invisalign aligners

While the Invisalign method is sometimes called a clear braces system, Invisalign aligners are actually made of medical-grade plastic. The aligners are clear and removable, and you can take them out to eat and brush your teeth.

For treatment, you’re given a series of aligners. Each set is slightly different from the next set in the series, and you replace one set with another about every two weeks. To get the best results, you need to wear them 20-22 hours a day. 

Because they’re so thin and clear, Invisalign trays are a very inconspicuous way to straighten your teeth. You’ll see Dr. Spector about every six weeks so he can check your progress and make adjustments if necessary. The length of treatment can vary in teens, but it’s typically around a year for adults.

Lingual braces

While lingual braces aren’t actually clear, their placement achieves the same effect. These braces use traditional metal brackets and wires, but they’re placed on the inside of your teeth rather than the outside. This placement makes them very difficult to see.

The challenge with lingual braces is that they can be difficult to clean since they’re on the inside of your teeth. This can make them more difficult to reach. And, because they can take longer to place, they may cost a little more than conventional braces, and treatment time could take a little longer as well.

If you want to straighten your teeth but don’t want to broadcast it to the world, clear braces may be just what you need. To learn more, book an appointment over the phone with Millennium Park Orthodontics today.v

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