When it comes to wearing braces, the average length of time that people have to wear them is about two years. Often times, people don’t like how visible traditional metal braces are, which makes clear braces a more suitable alternative. Knowing some of the pros and cons of choosing clear braces can help you make the right decision. Before getting into them, it’s helpful to know more about what clear braces are.
What Are Clear Braces?
Clear braces are similar to traditional braces except that they have clear brackets. As a result of the clear brackets, they’re less noticeable to others when you’re wearing them. There are a few different materials that are usually used to make them. They can be made of ceramic, porcelain, or plastic. An orthodontist that makes them with high-quality materials can make it less likely that you’ll have to have them replaced later on. Just like traditional braces, clear braces use a wire and bracket system to shift your teeth in the right position. Orthodontists adjust the wires and brackets throughout your time wearing them until your teeth have moved into the right alignment.
Pros of Clear Braces
Some adults may find it embarrassing to have to wear braces. As mentioned earlier, one of the main benefits of wearing clear braces is that they’re less visible than metal braces. It’s possible to have the clear brackets matched with the natural color of your teeth, making it more difficult for others to notice them. Additionally, those who have worn both clear and metal braces tend to say that clear braces are less painful to wear. The material used to make them can be less harsh on the gums and cheeks. Clear braces do tend to be more expensive than traditional metal braces, but they can be more affordable than other clear alternatives such as Invisalign aligners.
Cons of Clear Braces
Clear braces tend to have bigger brackets than traditional braces. As a result of the larger size, it may be more challenging to clean around your brackets. The less you’re able to clean around your brackets, the more your gums might potentially get swollen or recede. Clear braces can also be more likely to break off than traditional metal braces. As a result of them being more fragile, there may be more time spent repairing broken brackets or making slight adjustments, which can delay the time it takes to straighten your teeth. Lastly, the elastic ties that hold the wire to the brackets can be stained easily.
It can sometimes be difficult deciding on orthodontic treatment for your teeth. Considering all the pros and cons of clear braces will help you better decide whether they’re the right option for you. Our orthodontist can offer you more information and examine your teeth to give you a helpful recommendation.