What are Clear Braces? 

Clear braces are an esthetically pleaisng and convenient alternatives which do not like to wear metal braces. Although clear braces are fixed to the teeth just like traditional metal braces, they are less conspicuous, as they are made from tooth-coloured ceramics or clear materials. As a result, they are virtually invisible and won’t affect your smile and facial esthetics. In short, they offer the benefits of traditional braces such as reliability and effectiveness, while eliminating their main drawback; unaesthetic metallic appearance. So, if you are looking for an esthetically pleasing orthodontic treatment option, clear braces are an excellent choice.

How Clear Braces Are Applied?

  • Diagnosis and Treatment Planning 

During your first visit, your dentist will perform a detailed clinical examination to identify the underlying problem. They will also look at various x-ray images of your teeth – including panoramic, periapical, and cephalometric x-rays – and photographs of your mouth and teeth to prepare a detailed treatment plan. 

  • Applying the Clear Braces 

During the next appointment, your orthodontist will apply clear braces on your teeth. To do so, there are two options available. The first option is to bond the each bracket to a tooth individually. This process is time-consuming, less effective, and more uncomfortable for the patients. Hence, it is no longer used. The other, more effective and ,currently employed method is to place the clear braces on pre-determined positions on custom-made molds. The molds are then placed over the teeth, the position is corrected if needed, and all the brackets are bonded to the teeth simultaneously using a special light that polymerizes, and hardens the cement. 

Your dentist will ask you to visit them regularly for checkups. Typically, patients are asked to visit after 4-6 weeks. This is done to adjust the tension in the orthodontic wire and to assess your treatment progress. Your dentist will also replace the elastic ties at each appointment. 

  • Consolidating the Treatment with Retainers 

Once your teeth have been aligned optimally with clear braces, your dentist will give you removable or fixed retainers. The purpose of retainers is to prevent your teeth from moving back to their previous positions. A retainer is a passive appliance; it will not move your teeth but simply prevent their unwanted movement.