There are plenty of people out there, children and adults alike, who could benefit from braces, as they’re able to dramatically improve both the health and appearance of smiles. However, many don’t get them due to the noticeable appearance of metal braces, which is why Dr. Holland is so excited to be able to offer a more aesthetically-friendly alternative. Clear/ceramic braces enable patients to enjoy the best of everything: a reliable treatment that’s able to fix any orthodontic problems as well as a subtle look that blends seamlessly into the smile.
Clear braces actually have a lot in common with traditional metal ones. A wire is placed over each row of teeth, and this applies a consistent force that slowly moves them into the correct positions. Brackets on each tooth keep the wire in place. However, what makes clear braces special is the materials used to make them.
Instead of gray metal, the brackets are a clear ceramic material, and the wires are tooth-colored. The brackets are also flatter and sit flushed against the teeth. The end result is that the appliance has a much less obvious appearance, helping patients feel less self-conscious about their treatment.
Dr. Holland can use clear braces to correct a wide variety of orthodontic issues, including:
Almost everyone who could benefit from orthodontic care is a good candidate for clear braces. However, we typically only recommend them for older children and adults, as they are less durable than metal braces. Additionally, there are certain complex orthodontic issues that might be better addressed with metal braces. When you come to Ortega Orthodontics for a consultation, Dr. Holland will let you know whether or not you or your child would be a good fit for clear braces.
At Ortega Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer a top-tier brand of ceramic brackets that will help patients maintain the confidence they deserve throughout their treatment plan. With 3M™ Clarity™ Advanced Ceramic Brackets, comfort and appearance are maximized without compromising strength. They blend in beautifully with the natural tooth color too while resisting gradual staining and discoloration. Ultra Self-Ligating Ceramic Brackets are also available, which don’t require any ligatures (rubber bands) to successfully shift teeth.