Enjoy Self-Confidence with Clear & Ceramic Braces
Today, traditional braces are no longer the only option available for improving your smile’s alignment and your oral health. Dr. Corey Jones understands that your natural appearance is important, and our team wants to help you maintain it while still working with you to achieve the orthodontic transformation you deserve. With clear/ceramic braces, your treatment remains nicely subtle, allowing you to keep enjoying each day to the fullest. Contact our Chicago, IL office today to schedule your first consultation!
What Do Clear/Ceramic Braces Look Like?
Clear/ceramic braces are very similar to traditional braces, consisting of brackets and wires that work together to gradually exert pressure on the teeth and move them into a more ideal position. The only difference is that your new brackets will be crafted from high-quality, metal-free materials that are either transparent in nature or tooth-colored. Dr. Jones can also provide wires that are tooth-colored to complete your aesthetically friendly look. Our recommendation for clear or ceramic braces will depend on your unique smile. For instance, if your teeth are very light in color, clear braces may be the best choice. If they’re somewhat darker, tooth-colored braces tend to look better.
What Are The Advantages of Clear/Ceramic Braces?
Undergoing orthodontic treatment should never be considered lightly, and our team will work hard to ensure that we’ve helped you choose the right option that fits you and your family’s unique needs and lifestyle. Not every patient is right for clear/ceramic braces, but they do provide valuable benefits that may be important to you, including the following:
- As already stated, clear braces and ceramic braces are much more aesthetically pleasing than their traditional counterparts because of their ability to blend in with your natural enamel. They will be more difficult for others to see and notice when you’re speaking, eating, and speaking, which is often ideal for teenagers and adults.
- The reduced self-confidence that can come from months or even years of wearing noticeable metal braces is often a significant issue for our patients. When you know that those around you are happily focused on your smile rather than your orthodontic treatment, it can improve your overall quality of life and help you excel in both your professional and personal day-to-day.
It’s also important for patients to understand the potential drawbacks that may come from choosing ceramic/clear braces, such as:
- Depending on your unique treatment plan, clear or ceramic braces may cost more than the traditional model. Our team will be happy to discuss financial options with you before any care begins and help you determine the best option for your family’s budget.
- Maintaining diligent oral hygiene is even more important with this type of braces because the tooth-colored elements (particularly the elastic ties) are more likely to become discolored over time, especially if the patient regularly smokes or drinks coffee/tea. Never fear, though – Dr. Jones can provide helpful tips and guidance for how to keep your braces looking naturally seamless.
Clear/ceramic braces can be used for virtually the same purposes as metal braces, including straightening misaligned teeth, realigning your bite, and correct problems with your jaw. The average treatment time can fall anywhere from 22-24 months.