Clear Braces

Clear Braces

All About Clear Braces in Smile Wellness Clinic

At Smile Wellness, we're proud to offer ceramic braces to our patients in Phoenix, Chandler. Also known as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces, these work like metal braces.

Our clear braces are designed to be less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. They're smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material.

Less-Noticeable Than Metal Braces

We offer LightForce Cloud brackets to our Smile Wellness Clinic patients. These white, 3D printed brackets are 100% customized for your smile.

Each bracket our Doctors places on your teeth is custom built by LightForce using some of the world’s most sophisticated 3D printing technology.

Since your braces are designed just for you, they move your teeth more efficiently. You’ll enjoy a shorter treatment with fewer office visits.

Best of all, LightForce braces are more comfortable than traditional braces because they fit every tooth perfectly.

The Future is Clear

Clarity braces are the perfect option for teens and adults tired of the traditional braces look.

Made from the highest grade ceramic materials, clarity braces blend perfectly with your teeth.

For Special occasions or want to have a little fun, add colors just like traditional metal braces.

Choose Clarity braces to get the confidence to show off an awesome smile during and after treatment.

The Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces

Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that is more likely to chip or crack. Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.

Having said that, both types of braces work on the same principles and tend to be equally as effective in most cases.

You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn’t been a problem for several years. Ceramic brackets won’t stain. But, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in can stain.

This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time. You can choose to avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining.

This isn’t necessary since we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.

As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.

This is one of the reasons that it is important to see an Invisalign certified Orthodontist rather than a general dentist. Most general dentists have very limited orthodontic training and can only offer Invisalign as an orthodontic solution. An orthodontist is able to evaluate both the clear aligner option as well as other orthodontic treatment plans. That way you can choose the option that works best for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

Your Questions, Our Expert Answers.

  • What are braces, and how do they work?

    Braces are orthodontic devices used to correct misalignments and achieve a properly aligned bite. They consist of brackets attached to the teeth, connected by wires and sometimes bands. The gradual application of pressure from braces helps move teeth into their desired positions over time.

  • At what age is it suitable to get braces?

    Braces can be recommended for individuals of various ages. While traditional braces are often used in adolescence, orthodontic treatment, including alternatives like Invisalign, can be beneficial for adults as well. The best time for braces depends on individual orthodontic needs, and early evaluations are often recommended for children.

  • Do braces hurt?

    Initially, there may be some discomfort or soreness as the teeth begin to shift. This discomfort is temporary and can be managed with over-the-counter pain relievers. Adjustments to braces may cause some soreness, but patients generally adapt quickly.

  • How long do I need to wear braces?

    The duration of orthodontic treatment varies depending on the complexity of the case and the type of braces used. On average, treatment can last anywhere from 12 to 36 months. Your orthodontist will provide a personalized treatment plan and timeline.

  • Are there alternatives to traditional metal braces?

    Yes, there are several alternatives, including ceramic braces, lingual braces (placed on the back of the teeth), and clear aligners like Invisalign. Each option has its advantages, and the most suitable choice depends on individual needs and preferences.

  • Can I still play sports or play musical instruments with braces?

    Yes, you can participate in sports and play musical instruments while wearing braces. However, it's advisable to wear a mouthguard during sports activities to protect your teeth and braces. Musicians may experience an adjustment period, but they typically adapt to playing with braces.

  • How do I maintain oral hygiene with braces?

    Oral hygiene is crucial during orthodontic treatment. It's essential to brush your teeth thoroughly, including around the brackets and wires. Flossing may require special tools like floss threaders or interdental brushes. Regular dental check-ups are important for professional cleanings and adjustments.

  • Can I eat normally with braces?

    While some dietary restrictions apply, you can generally eat a variety of foods with braces. Avoid hard, sticky, and crunchy foods that can damage braces. Your orthodontist will provide a list of foods to avoid and offer guidance on maintaining a braces-friendly diet.

  • Will I need to wear a retainer after braces?

    Yes, wearing a retainer is typically necessary after braces to help maintain the achieved results. The retainer is often initially worn full-time and gradually transitioned to nighttime use. Consistent retainer wear is crucial for preventing teeth from shifting back.

  • How much do braces cost, and does insurance cover the expenses?

    The cost of braces varies depending on factors like the type of braces and the complexity of the case. Dental insurance may cover a portion of the expenses, and many orthodontists offer payment plans to help make orthodontic treatment more affordable. It's advisable to check with your insurance provider and discuss financial options with your orthodontist.