By Today's Dental
November 04, 2014
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Invisalign   Clear Braces  

Get the Lowdown on Clear Braces

clear bracesBraces are used to straighten crooked or misaligned teeth and correct jaw issues, like underbites, overbites or cross bites. They can be clear, metal or even placed on the inside of the teeth. Clear braces are basically exactly the same as metallic braces, only made out of ceramic, rendering them clear to match the color of teeth. The aesthetic of them being clear is a selling point for all age groups, especially adult patients. 

The Clear Advantage 

Clear braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. The brackets are made from ceramic with different degrees of transparency in order to match the natural tooth’s color and the wire may be powder coated to better blend in with the teeth. There may be some metallic parts to the clear braces, but these are usually placed at the back of the mouth so that they are completely unnoticeable in everyday speaking and eating. 
One or more appointments before installation of braces may be necessary. One may be a consultation to talk about your teeth and the process of having braces. Then, x-rays will be taken. Molds will also be taken of your teeth in order to prepare a plan of action for putting the braces onto the teeth. If some teeth are too close together, spacers may be needed to space them out for ideal placement of braces. 

The Time Frame

It takes from 1-2 hours to put the braces on the teeth. First, the teeth will be cleaned thoroughly to avoid any plaque or particles becoming trapped underneath the hardware. After the teeth are dried, the brackets are bonded to the tooth using special glue. The glue is then cured with a powerful curing light. Once all of the brackets are in place, the wire is put into them and held in place by rubber bands. 
Once the braces are installed and correctly in place, regular visits to your dentist or orthodontist are required in order to adjust the wire and rubber bands to move the teeth little by little. It also gives the opportunity to brush and floss without any obstruction while the wires and rubber bands are off of the brackets. 
Today’s Dental, just outside of the heart of Houston, TX, can help you achieve the smile you long for, while keeping it discreet with clear braces. Visit to schedule a consultation today!