Benefit from trusted technology combined with an aesthetically pleasing look.
Clear or ceramic braces is a combination of the most tried and tested orthodontic technology and clear or tooth coloured brackets to provide an efficient yet inconspicuous look during the course of your treatment.
Many patients do not want to be wearing braces that are noticeable. Ceramic braces have clear or tooth coloured brackets which will match the colour of your teeth, making them less visible. The ceramic material will blend into your smile, allowing you to discreetly straighten your teeth. This is often a popular choice for our adult and teenage patients who are self-conscious about their smile.
While some cosmetic orthodontic treatment plans such as clear aligner treatment are only suitable to correct minor concerns, ceramic braces can be used to correct almost all orthodontic problems. Traditional braces are generally considered to be the fastest and most reliable way of straightening teeth, yet many people don’t like the obvious appearance of traditional metal brackets.
That’s why clear braces have become so popular; they use traditional orthodontic technology and can be used to treat a number of orthodontic concerns including misaligned bites and significant crooks in the teeth. With the clear or tooth coloured brackets, they are significantly more discreet meaning you can get all the benefits from traditional braces without the obvious impact on your appearance, and still end up with straight teeth and a perfect smile.
Achieve dramatic results in the shortest possible time
The technology used in clear braces is often so effective that our patients can enjoy a reduced duration of treatment time when compared to other cosmetic options. Same as traditional metal braces, the pressure applied to the teeth by the wire is so effective it encourages the teeth and jaw to move and cement into place faster than with other treatments.
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During your initial consultation, we will discuss with you all the available treatment options and decide on the appropriate solution for you. We will then discuss with you every step of the treatment process to ensure you are informed and know what to expect before we begin, so you can have the most beautiful smile possible.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are clear braces better than metal braces?
Each option has its own benefits and both will help you to achieve a beautiful, healthy and straight smile at the end of your treatment. Ceramic clear braces are a popular choice, particularly on the top teeth, as they are a more discreet option than their traditional metal counterparts. Metal braces can be made to be any colour that you want. In the end it’s your personal choice.
Can I have clear braces on top and metal braces on the bottom?
Yes! This is a popular option for patients who are concerned about the overall cost of their orthodontic treatment. As ceramic braces cost slightly more, many patients choose to have them on the top and metal braces on their bottom teeth. This way, the treatment is discreet and cost-effective.
How long do ceramic "clear" braces take to straighten teeth?
The length of time it takes for ceramic “clear” braces to straighten teeth can vary depending on several factors, including the complexity of the orthodontic case, the starting position of the teeth, and the individual’s response to treatment. In general, ceramic braces work similarly to traditional metal braces and can achieve the same results; however, they are less noticeable due to their tooth-coloured or clear brackets.
Orthodontic treatment with ceramic braces typically takes an average of 1 to 3 years to achieve the desired results. This duration can vary, as some cases may require less time while others may take longer. Throughout the treatment, regular adjustments and visits to your dental specialist are necessary to ensure progress and make any necessary modifications to the braces.
It’s important to note that the timeline for straightening teeth with ceramic braces is highly individual and can only be determined accurately by a dental specialist after a thorough examination of your teeth and bite. They will consider your specific case and provide an estimated treatment duration based on their professional judgement.
How do you brush with ceramic braces?
Brushing with ceramic braces is similar to brushing with traditional metal braces, but it requires some extra care to avoid damaging the more brittle ceramic brackets. Follow these tips for brushing with ceramic braces:
- Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to gently clean your teeth and braces.
- Brush at a 45-degree angle towards the gum line, using circular motions.
- Be careful while brushing the brackets and wires, avoiding excessive pressure.
- Utilise an interdental brush or floss threader to clean between the wires and teeth.
- Rinse your mouth thoroughly with water or an antibacterial mouthwash to remove debris.
Remember, it’s crucial to brush your teeth and braces diligently after each meal and snack to prevent food particles from becoming trapped, which can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Additionally, make regular visits to your dentist for adjustments and professional cleanings to maintain excellent oral hygiene throughout your orthodontic treatment.
Clear Braces vs. Clear Aligners
Both clear braces and clear aligners have their advantages and considerations. Clear braces are generally better suited for more complex cases, while clear aligners are preferred for milder orthodontic issues. It’s essential to consult with an orthodontist or dental specialist to determine which option is best for your specific needs and to discuss the potential benefits, limitations, and expected treatment duration of each treatment modality.