Clear braces are similar to traditional braces, except the brackets and wires are clear. When you are considering getting your teeth straightened, you may find that your appearance during treatment is just as important as your appearance after treatment will be. However, using clear aligners is not for every patient, which is why you may want to consider getting clear braces. Here are a few things you should consider.
What are clear braces?
Clear braces work in much the same way as traditional metal braces. Clear braces are also known as ceramic braces because the brackets are made out of ceramic. This offers a closer color match to the tooth than a metal bracket would. In photos or even standing a few feet away, the braces are nearly invisible. While no two cases are the same, the length of treatment for clear braces is usually comparable to that of metal braces.
Benefits of clear braces
One of the main benefits of clear braces over traditional braces is the improved appearance of the smile during treatment. While clear aligners also offer this benefit, some patients may find it difficult to wear clear aligners for at least 22 hours a day. Patients cannot eat or drink anything other than water while wearing clear aligners. However, clear braces allow more freedom while still offering an aesthetic treatment.
Caring for clear braces
As with traditional metal braces, patients with clear braces should work to brush their teeth at least twice a day and floss the teeth once a day. Patients can use a floss threader to guide the floss underneath the brackets and up to the gumline. Regular dentist visits for cleaning are extremely important when a patient has braces.
To brush the teeth and braces, patients should use a downward motion on the top of the brackets and an upward motion on the bottom part of the brackets. Patients should also brush the teeth themselves using the brush at a 45-degree angle. This will help remove any foods that may potentially stain the teeth. An electric toothbrush can make this process easier. It is a good idea to brush the teeth after each meal and snack. If that is not possible, patients should at least rinse the mouth.
One thing that patients with clear braces should be aware of is beverages that can stain. Red wine, coffee and sodas can all cause the brackets and wires to become stained. This will make the braces look yellowed and they will stand out from the teeth more than metal braces would.
Visit a general dentist for clear braces
Clear braces offer many advantages of traditional metal braces and clear aligners. A general dentist can help you determine if clear braces will be right for you. If you have questions on the right way to care for your braces, a general dentist can answer them. The dentist can also help you learn the right way to keep your clear braces clean and free of stains.
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