How do clear braces work?
Clear braces are very similar to traditional metal braces but use clear brackets attached to the teeth as opposed to metal brackets. They still use the traditional metal wire to connect the brackets together and straighten the teeth, while being significantly less noticeable without the metal brackets. Clear braces are a popular choice among adults who want the teeth straightening benefits of braces without the heavy look of metal braces. Like metal braces, a clear bracket is attached to the front of each individual tooth and then connected together with a wire. This wire and bracket combination allows the orthodontist to manipulate the teeth to be able to properly align them and straighten them out. The complete treatment of teeth straightening through the use of braces usually takes 18-24 months depending on how severe the misalignment is of the teeth at the start of treatment. Your orthodontist will be able to provide you with an estimate of how much time you will need to straighten your teeth based on your unique case.
What are clear braces made of?
The brackets of clear braces are made of either a plastic or ceramic material that is durable enough for the wear and tear that they will go through over the course of the treatment. Clear brackets are intended to blend in with the color of your teeth to be less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Clear brackets will typically still use a metal wire, the same that is used with metal braces. However, patients can have the option of a clear or white wire to further disguise them against the patient’s teeth. This option is more expensive but can provide patients with more confidence as the braces will be far less noticeable than metal braces with a metal wire. Patients will need to ensure they are taking exceptional care of their clear braces, particularly in places that are difficult to reach through normal brushing and oral care.
How much do clear aligners cost?
Clear aligners, also known as invisible braces, are not the same thing as clear braces. While clear braces are comprised of plastic or ceramic brackets placed directly onto the front of the tooth and connected together with a wire, clear aligners are a clear plastic removable tray, known as an aligner, that fits snugly over the teeth. The trays are custom made for the patient based on impressions or dental scans and need to be switched out roughly every two weeks. The aligners work by shifting the teeth slowly to get them into the desired position, with each new tray providing a slight adjustment to continuously guide the teeth into place. The cost of clear aligners will vary based on each individual’s needs and how long their treatment plan is. There are several options of clear aligners available, with the cost varying from one brand to another as well as based on the experience and fees of the dental professional who is overseeing the treatment. We can help you determine the most suitable option for you based on how severe the misalignment is and what system you are looking for.
How do I choose a dentist for braces?
Many dentists are able to complete teeth-straightening treatments themselves, including the dentists on staff at Best Dental Care. Our highly skilled dentists can provide you with the different options available that would be best suited to help you get a straighter smile. We have access to several types of braces to meet the needs of our patients and our dentists will let you know the pros and cons of each option to help you determine which option is going to be best for you. We are conveniently located at 3310 S. Southwest Loop 323 Tyler, TX 75701. We serve patients from Tyler TX, Swan TX, New Chapel Hill TX, Noonday TX, Wood Springs TX, Whitehouse TX, and Flint TX.