What Are Clear Braces?

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Clear braces refer to orthodontic systems that use transparent plastic aligners, which fit over teeth, instead of metal brackets and wires that are bonded to teeth. Although Invisalign is not the only option in this category, it is the most well-known. Here is a look at what these braces offer compared to other methods of straightening teeth.

Transparency Equals Discretion

With clear aligners, patients are far less likely to have their braces noticed by other people. This a major advantage for those who would prefer not to have their orthodontic treatment noticed by friends, family, co-workers, and others at events, in photos, and during everyday life.

Oral Hygiene Kept Simple

Brushing and flossing remains essential during orthodontic treatment. Invisalign, unlike metal braces, keeps this routine as easy as ever, as its aligners can be removed before each session.

Smooth for Comfort

Many patients suffer some inner-cheek abrasion from metal braces, which have protruding metal brackets and wires. This does not happen with clear aligners, which are smooth all the way around.

Eligibility requirements for clear orthodontics only disallow a few types of bite irregularities that the design cannot correct. At a consultation with our Houston orthodontist, you can find out how Invisalign would work for your smile.


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