Clear Braces in Chestnut Hill, MA

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What are Clear Braces?

Clear braces function in a similar manner to metal braces with the primary difference being the use of transparent ceramic material to help the braces blend into the teeth. Many patients in need of braces — especially older patients — may be hesitant to use traditional braces due to their inherent visibility and association with youth. Clear braces can be an effective way to treat these patients' teeth while alleviating their self-consciousness. These braces are much more fragile than metal braces so they require additional care and responsibility for those who wear them. If you would like to learn more about how ceramic braces could benefit you, schedule an appointment at Chestnut Hill Dental in Chestnut Hill, MA to discuss your options with our friendly and talented staff.

Am I an Ideal Candidate for Clear Braces?

Since clear braces are made from ceramic, a less durable material than metal, they are mostly recommended for older patients who can handle the additional accountability it takes to care for them. As such, we usually recommend them for teenagers and adults rather than smaller children. If care is not taken to maintain the ceramic of the braces, they may become yellowed or discolored, making the mouth look dirty. This can be especially prevalent for patients who smoke or consume foods and beverages that can stain. Keep this in mind when deciding between traditional metal braces and clear, ceramic braces.

Other than the difference in the amount of upkeep required, clear braces function in much the same way as metal braces. They can work well for patients dealing with the effects of:

  • Overcrowding
  • Overbite
  • Overjet
  • Open bite
  • Underbite

How Do Clear Braces Work?

Before the braces can be applied, our team will take care to ensure your teeth are thoroughly clean and completely dry. At this point, an etchant will be administered to the surface of each tooth in order to form a tight bond and hold the ceramic braces in place. Then, the archwire is threaded through each bracket. This wire is what slowly pushes the teeth into their correct position.

It is not uncommon for patients to feel discomfort while their teeth, gums, and lips adjust to the newly applied braces. Eventually, the feeling will subside and will return to normal. It's extremely important once the ceramic braces have been applied that the teeth are kept clean. The teeth and braces must be washed after every meal and after drinking any dark-colored beverage. Mouth wash can be an easy and effective way to keep these areas clean as well.

What can I Expect After Clear Braces are Removed?

Monthly appointments must be scheduled with the orthodontist to check the status of your teeth and ceramic braces. Once sufficient progress has been made, the braces can finally be removed. This process can vary based on the severity of the misalignment, but younger patients typically require less time than older patients. Once the braces are removed, most patients will be fitted with a retainer, which can be affixed to the back of the teeth or molded as a removable mouth guard. With correct usage, this retainer should prevent the teeth from reverting back to their previous position in the mouth.

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Ceramic braces provide all of the benefits of traditional braces without the anxiety of highly visible metal lining your smile. If this seems like something you might be interested in, speak to one of our team members to discuss the potential pros and cons of this treatment. We're always available for questions and passionate about providing the best possible care. Make a clear choice today.

*Individual results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person. Images may contain models.