(732) 741-5300
20 White Road, Suite C
Shrewsbury, NJ 07722
Ileana L. Cavanagh, DMD, MS
(732) 303-9992
415 Route 34, Suite 108
Colts Neck, NJ 07722

Clear Braces

Beautiful smiling face

Having braces doesn't necessarily require highly noticeable metal brackets and wires. In fact, many of today's braces are made from either clear or natural tooth colored materials to provide patients with an attractive, less noticeable alternative to traditional braces.

What is the difference between clear braces and clear aligners?

Clear braces are the same as traditional metal braces except that they are clear! Clear braces are a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces and provide patients with an equally effective treatment.

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.

What are the advantages and disadvantages to clear braces?

As with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to choose the right option for your needs and lifestyle. Clear braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces; however, you and Dr. Cavanagh will know if they are the right treatment for you.

Advantages to clear braces:

  • Appearance: Ceramic braces and clear braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Clear and ceramic braces offer an aesthetic alternative for patients seeking options other than traditional metal braces.
  • Confidence: Many patients who choose ceramic or clear braces feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on their smiles rather than their braces.

Disadvantages to clear braces:

  • Discoloration: The clear elastic ties that are used with clear and ceramic braces may become slightly discolored from drinking tea, coffee, wine, eating certain foods, or smoking. Ask Dr. Cavanagh about how you can keep your braces looking their best.
  • Breakage: Clear or ceramic braces are more fragile than traditional metal braces. Playing contact sports, eating hard foods, and harmful habits like nail biting can cause clear or ceramic braces to break.  Excessive breakages may extend your treatment time. Talk to Dr. Cavanagh to find out if clear or ceramic braces are right for you.

Are clear or ceramic braces the right choice for my smile and me?

By talking to Dr. Cavanagh, you can decide if clear or ceramic braces are the right treatment for you. Dr. Cavanagh can provide answers to your questions and extra information explaining the benefits of each treatment. If you would like to learn more about clear braces, ceramic braces, and all of the options available to you, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment today.

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