Clear Braces are for teens and adults alike.

Clear braces present a very appealing orthodontic solution, blending seamlessly with your natural smile while effectively straightening your teeth. Ideal for those who are self-conscious about wearing braces, they offer a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces, allowing you to smile with confidence during your treatment.

Made from high-quality, transparent materials, clear braces are designed to be less noticeable, making them a popular choice for adults and teens alike who are seeking orthodontic correction without drawing attention to their treatment. While they do require a bit of extra care to avoid staining from certain foods and smoking, the aesthetic benefits they offer are significant. Choosing clear braces means you don’t have to compromise on appearance while achieving the straight, beautiful smile you desire.

Are clear braces just for adults?

No one is too young for clear braces.

Clear braces are often sought after by adults who are looking for a less noticeable orthodontic treatment option.  Clear braces are suitable for anyone — regardless of age — who is concerned about the aesthetic impact of traditional metal braces. They offer the same effectiveness in teeth straightening but with the added benefit of being more discreet.

Teenagers, especially those conscious about their appearance, can also benefit from clear braces. The less visible nature of these braces can make them feel more confident and less self-conscious about undergoing orthodontic treatment.

It’s important, however, for anyone considering clear braces, whether adult or teenager, to discuss with Dr Barton regarding the best type of braces based on individual dental needs, lifestyle, and treatment goals.

Can clear braces stain, and how can I prevent this?
Clear braces can stain, particularly the elastic ties used to hold the wire in the brackets. These ties are susceptible to discoloration. Common causes of staining include:
  1. Food and Beverages: Certain foods and drinks, especially those that are highly pigmented like coffee, tea, red wine, berries, and curry, can cause staining.
  2. Smoking: Tobacco products can lead to significant discoloration of the braces.
  3. Poor Oral Hygiene: Inadequate brushing and flossing can lead to staining as well as other dental issues.

To prevent staining, you can take several steps:

  • Avoid or Limit Certain Foods and Drinks: Try to avoid or minimize the consumption of foods and beverages that are known to cause stains. If you do consume them, brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water afterward.

  • Maintain Good Oral Hygiene: Brushing at least twice a day and flossing regularly helps remove food particles and plaque that can cause staining. It’s also a good idea to use a non-abrasive toothpaste and a soft-bristled toothbrush to avoid scratching the braces.

  • Regular Dental Cleanings: Regular check-ups and cleanings by a dental professional can help remove surface stains and keep your teeth and braces looking their best.

  • Quit Smoking: Giving up tobacco products can prevent staining from smoke and tar, and also improve your overall oral health.

  • Rinse Your Mouth After Eating: If you can’t brush immediately after eating, rinse your mouth with water to help reduce the potential for staining.

Remember, while it’s important to prevent staining, the effectiveness of the braces won’t be compromised by discoloration. However, maintaining the appearance of clear braces can contribute to a more pleasant orthodontic experience.

How does the effectiveness of clear braces compare to clear aligners like Invisalign?

Clear braces and clear aligners like Invisalign are both effective orthodontic treatments, but they have different strengths.

Clear Braces:

  • Effectiveness: Clear braces are similar to traditional metal braces, using brackets and wires to gradually move teeth into the desired position.
  • Suitability: They are particularly effective for more severe misalignments, bite issues, and rotations.
  • Adjustment: They require regular adjustments by an orthodontist, usually every 6-12 weeks.

Clear Aligners (like Invisalign):

  • Effectiveness: Invisalign is highly effective for mild to moderate alignment issues and is particularly popular for correcting gaps, mild overcrowding, and some bite issues.
  • Suitability: They are less effective for more complex orthodontic cases, particularly those requiring significant movement or rotation of teeth, or vertical movement.
  • Flexibility: One of the main advantages of Invisalign is that the aligners are removable, making eating, brushing, and flossing easier. However, they must be worn for the recommended 20-22 hours a day to be effective.