Clear Braces: An Overview
For our patients seeking extensive orthodontic treatment, our office is happy to provide clear braces as a cosmetic dentistry solution. Clear braces are the perfect choice for patients in need of orthodontic care but also want to maintain the natural aesthetics of their smiles.
Additionally, patients seeking Invisalign treatment who have been determined to be not a good candidate are typically recommended clear braces as an alternative. Our Columbia Family Dentist office can provide you with clear braces along with all of our other dental services.
As your trusted dentist in Columbia, Maryland, we aim to be your one-stop-shop for dental care and provide you with general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry services all under one roof.
Clear Braces in Columbia, MD
Your dentist applies clear brackets to your teeth using orthodontic glue. Then an ultraviolet light cures the glue to secure it to the surface of your teeth. The wire is then run through the brackets by wrapping a small rubber band around each bracket to hold the wire in place.
You may experience some discomfort after the initial application of the braces as your cheeks, lips, and gums get used to them. Contact our office if this discomfort persists more than a couple of days.
Just as with conventional metal braces, clear braces are attached to each tooth and then connected with a wire. Your dentist will tighten the wire after each visit to apply pressure to your teeth and encourage them to shift into a straighter position. Patients may experience some slight discomfort immediately following a tightening appointment, though this discomfort will go away in 1-2 days.
Clear braces may also be beneficial to patients who forget to use their Invisalign retainers regularly. Because clear braces are secured to your teeth, there is little effort required on the patient’s part of the treatment to ensure that this treatment is effective.
Clear Braces FAQs
Do clear braces take longer to align my teeth?
Clear braces take at least a year to straighten misaligned teeth. In some cases, metal braces may work quicker than clear braces because the material is stronger. However, the difference is usually a very short period of time. The amount of time is short enough that most patients consider it to be negligible if they are concerned with cosmetics and the appearance of metal braces.
Do clear braces turn yellow after a while?
Clear braces may become stained overtime based on the diet of the patient undergoing treatment. White ceramic brackets do not stain, however the bands that bond wires to the brackets may become stained from deeply colored foods and drinks. Luckily your dentist changes these bands periodically.
Do clear braces break easily?
One downside of clear braces is they are not as strong as metal braces, so they may break easier. Patients with clear braces need to be more careful with their diet and may have more restrictions than those with metal braces.
Do clear aligners take longer?
Many patients prefer clear aligners over metal braces because they are less noticeable. However they do take longer to shift your teeth into place. Additionally, metal brackets can work much faster than clear brackets on traditional braces.
What can you not do with clear aligners?
Patients with clear aligners should avoid foods that are deep in color such as tomatoes and ketchup. They should also avoid food with dyes such as candies, slushies, etc. Coffee and wine have potent coloring that is likely to stain, so we also recommend avoiding these beverages.
What food can you not eat with braces?
Patients with braces should avoid eating chewy foods, crunchy foods, sticky foods, and hard foods that require biting into. These include popcorn, ice, candy, chewing gum, apples, corn on the cob, etc. A general rule of thumb is if it’s tricky to eat, avoid it while undergoing treatment.
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Looking for an experienced dentist in Columbia, MD that provides orthodontic services? Look no further than Columbia Family Dentist. If you are interested in learning more about if clear braces are right for you, schedule an appointment today.