Clear Braces from Brooklyn Orthodontics
You know you want a dazzling smile, but you don’t want the metal brackets and wires that come with traditional orthodontic treatments. Great news! Options for clear braces are available, thanks to technological advances that weren’t available even a decade ago.
Today’s alternatives to traditional metal braces are made from either clear sapphire or tooth-colored ceramic. They are less noticeable and many people think they’re more attractive than metal braces.
Dr. AlJanabi of Brooklyn Orthodontics is well versed in the types of clear braces on the market and will work with you to develop an effective orthodontic treatment plan that fits your lifestyle and preferences.
Before you decide if clear braces are the best option to enhance your smile, you should understand how these appliances work and learn their pros and cons. Use these tips as a guide, and call our friendly office staff to schedule a complimentary consultation with Dr. AlJanabi.
What is the difference between clear braces, clearaligners and lingual braces?
Clear braces operate in the same manner as traditional metal braces. They use bands, brackets and wires to gently nudge your teeth into the correct position in your mouth. But since the brackets are made of either clear sapphire or tooth-colored ceramic composite, they blend in with your teeth, making them virtually undetectable when you flash your pearly whites.
Clear aligners are very different from clear braces. The appliances are made of hard plastic and fit over your teeth, similar to the mouth guards used in athletics. They can be easily removed when you eat, drink or clean your teeth. But they’re not right for everyone.
Patients who need only minor adjustments to their teeth are the best candidates for clear aligners like Invisalign. If you need significant repositioning done to improve your smile, traditional metal or clear braces will likely be required. And, since the appliance can be removed, patients must comply with the orthodontist’s treatment plan to achieve a satisfactory outcome.
With lingual or invisible braces, the brackets and wires are applied to the inside of the teeth. No one will know you’re wearing them at all! Orthodontists like Dr. AlJanabi receive specialized training to place these state-of-the-art braces on patients.
Pros and Cons of clear braces
Your orthodontic treatment should not only be effective at repositioning your teeth, but it should also fit comfortably into your daily life. Clear braces can be a great alternative to traditional metal braces for some, but they aren’t right for everyone. You should discuss your options with the Brooklyn Orthodontics team to decide what’s right for you.
Advantages to clear braces
Made from ceramic or sapphire, clear braces are much less noticeable than metal braces, and many patients find clear braces barely impact their appearance. With clear braces, you’ll know people are focusing on your smile instead of your braces.
The ceramic and sapphire brackets used with clear braces are strong, but they are softer than metal. That means they may feel more comfortable inside your mouth.
Disadvantages to clear braces
While clear braces can be a fantastic option for some patients, they’re not for everyone and there are some disadvantages with this choice of orthodontic treatment. But they can be easily addressed with our simple solutions. For most patients, the biggest consideration is the cost. Clear braces usually cost more
than metal braces. If you carry orthodontic coverage though, Brooklyn Orthodontics will happily file a claim with your dental insurance provider. Additionally, Brooklyn Orthodontics offers convenient payment plans that will allow you to finance up to 100 percent of your orthodontic treatment. If you choose this affordable option, you can begin your treatment immediately and pay for your clear braces over time.
Additionally, the clear elastics – or ligatures – used on the brackets can become discolored if you drink a lot of tea, red wine or coffee, or if you smoke.
Dr. AlJanabi and his professional staff can recommend ways to keep your clear braces looking as bright and shiny as possible. Plus, the clear elastics are changed at every monthly fitting, so if they do become stained, it’s only a temporary problem.
Once you see the results when your braces have been removed, you’ll be thrilled you made such an important investment in your smile!
Are clear braces the best choice for my smile?
Schedule a complimentary consultation with Brooklyn orthodontist Dr. AlJanabi to discuss your options for orthodontic treatment. He and his helpful staff can help you decide if clear braces or traditional metal braces will bring about your desired result. Dr. AlJanabi will take the time to answer your questions and provide information about the benefits of each orthodontic treatment option.
To learn more about clear braces and other orthodontic options available to you, please call Brooklyn Orthodontics today at (718) 333-5898.