What are clear braces?
Clear braces or invisible braces are an excellent alternative to traditional metal braces. There are three types of clear braces as follows:
- Ceramic braces (porcelain braces)
- lingual braces (hidden braces)
- Clear aligners (sequential clear removable aligners)
1. Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces are often called clear braces and essentially work the same way as metal braces except they are less noticeable. Ceramic braces consist of ceramic brackets cemented onto the front surfaces of your teeth with a metal wire passing through the ceramic bracket. To help camouflage the appearance of the metal wire, a white coating may be possible. Unfortunately the white coating may peel off the metal wire leaving the metal surface exposed. As with traditional braces, ceramic braces can be uncomfortable, may cause lip irritation or mouth ulcers and slight lip distortion. It is important to clean your teeth really well whilst wearing ceramic braces as any food particles or plaque accumulation left behind may lead to gum disease or decay.
Cost of ceramic braces is usually 20% more than traditional braces.
The websites for Ceramic braces include:
*Not all types of Ceramic braces may be available in Australia.
2. Lingual Braces
Although lingual braces are not actually clear, lingual braces may be mistaken for clear braces as they are not visible on the front surfaces of your teeth. The lingual braces have metal brackets cemented onto the back surface of your teeth and a metal wire is connected to each bracket. Lingual braces are also known as hidden braces and are considered to be one of the most invisible braces methods unless you have gaps between your teeth as the wire may then be visible between them. Before clear aligners became popular (discussed below), lingual braces were once considered to be the only truly invisible orthodontic method to straighten crooked teeth. lingual braces can be very uncomfortable, difficult to clean your teeth properly and often effects your speech.
Cost of lingual braces is usually the dearest option available.
The websites for Lingual braces include:
*Not all types of lingual braces may be available in Australia.
3. Clear Aligners
Clear aligners are often called clear braces. The clear aligners are made of a medical grade clear plastic that is usually worn 22 hours per day and are removed when you eat and brush. On average every two weeks a new set is worn that gently moves your teeth into a more ideal position. The clear aligners are removed when you eat and brush.
Although adults are usually suitable to have braces many prefer not to have braces due to their discomfort, appearance and difficulties with cleaning. Since the advent of clear aligners, orthodontic treatment is now much more accepted by adults and teens.
The use of clear aligners has increased dramatically over the years due to patient demand for a more comfortable and user friendly method.
Cost of clear aligners is usually similar to ceramic braces.
The websites for Clear aligners include:
*Not all types of clear aligners may be available in Australia.
The Invisalign company has supplied their version of these clear sequential aligners to over three million people. Invisalign has been at the forefront of this clear braces technology and is the most commonly used sequential clear aligner in Australia. Invisalign has an unsurpassed track record, continuously researches the best quality materials and techniques making it one of the most highly sought after clear braces methods.
Enhance Dental understands that clear aligners are at the forefront of orthodontic technology and highly recommends and provides the Invisalign method of clear or invisible braces. If, however you are not suitable for Invisalign or you require a different method of clear braces, invisible braces or traditional metal braces we will advise accordingly.