Posted on June 6, 2022
Many people suffer from dental issues such as crooked teeth, gum infections, and stained, plaque-ridden teeth. These issues often negatively impact people’s self-esteem, causing them to hide their smiles and chew and bite their food poorly. Orthodontists often recommend clear braces for such patients to correct these issues. Here are good things to know about clear braces.
Clear braces, also known as ceramic braces, are used to straighten teeth in the same manner as metal braces. Metal and clear braces function similarly, however, clear braces replace metal brackets with tooth-colored or transparent ceramic brackets that more closely match your natural smile. They are especially popular among adults and teenagers since they provide a subtle way to straighten teeth. In fact, according to the American Association of Orthodontists, one out of every three patients is an adult.
When people opt for clear braces, a common question orthodontists face is how long patients will have to wear the braces. The length of treatment with clear braces differs based on the specific dental needs of each patient. Some patients notice straighter teeth after just a few months, while others may need anywhere from 12 to 24 months. However, patients generally can expect to see changes within the first nine months of treatment.
Many patients worry about staining their braces with food and drink. This is not something to worry about since clear braces are manufactured to resist discoloration. That said, the elastic bands used to attach and hold clear braces in place can become stained, making them more noticeable. In the past, orthodontists strongly advised against consuming staining food and drinks such as red wine, coffee, tea, and mustard. Nowadays, your orthodontist will change out the elastic bands during checkup visits.
Clear braces are ideal for teens, adults, and anyone seeking a more subtle alternative to traditional metal braces. If you are looking for inexpensive and convenient braces treatment, contact Imagine Braces today to schedule a complimentary consultation!