How are clear braces different than other braces?

Gregory J. Jorgensen, DMD
Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics

Clear braces work exactly like metal ones except the bracket attached to the tooth is made out of clear porcelaine, plastic, or glass. The bracket is just a handle on the tooth. The real magic is in the wires and the other forces (i.e. rubberbands, chains, springs) that actually put pressure on the teeth. The teeth can't tell the difference between clear and metal, so choose which ever one suites your style or budget (clear ones cost more!)

Clear braces are different from other braces because they are not as noticeable. Clear ceramic braces are more expensive than metal braces, and can discolor if not cared for properly, rendering them more visible. Don't confuse clear braces with plastic aligners, which are not helpful for serious alignment problems, cannot be used by children, are more expensive than braces and may require longer treatment than braces.

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