If you’re looking for a way to straighten your teeth without metal brackets, clear braces may be a good choice. Patients opt for clear braces because this solution is effective and discreet. Another benefit is clear ceramic braces won’t disrupt imaging tests. Unlike metal braces, they aren’t likely to distort images or cause an MRI signal loss.
It’s also difficult to stain ceramic braces. However, you’ll have to brush and floss your teeth after every meal to keep your ceramic braces in good condition.
Typically, dental patients wear ceramic braces for 18 to 36 months. The condition of your teeth determines how long you’ll have to wear your ceramic braces. Our team at Lovett Dental Northside can give you an estimate after we examine your teeth.
Are You a Good Candidate for Clear Ceramic Braces?
Regardless of your age, clear ceramic braces may be a good choice for you. When you come into our dental office, we’ll take X-rays to determine what type of bite problem you have. Ceramic braces can correct different types of bite problems. These include open bite, overbite, underbite, and overjet. An open bite occurs when your top and bottom teeth don’t align. An overbite occurs when your top teeth cover your bottom teeth. An underbite occurs when your top teeth rest behind your bottom teeth. An overjet occurs when your top teeth stick out. However, your mouth and gums must be healthy enough to undergo treatment.
Ceramic braces may not be an ideal solution for patients with periodontal disease. Symptoms of gum disease include swollen gums, loose teeth, and bleeding gums. It’s a good idea to consult with a periodontist at Lovett Dental Northside if you have gum disease.
Our periodontists can perform services such as:
- Treating sensitive gums
- Repairing dental implants
- Regenerative procedures
- Laser dental treatments
- Scaling and root planing
What Are the Types of Clear Braces Available?
Popular types of clear braces are inside brackets, clear aligners, and ceramic. Here’s what you should know about each option.
- Orthodontists attach inside brackets behind the teeth. This option appeals to patients who don’t want other people to know they wear braces.
- Clear aligners are minimally invasive. They don’t have wires that can poke your mouth. When it’s time to eat, you can easily remove them.
- Clear ceramic braces are like metal braces, but instead of metal, the brackets consist of ceramic material.
Orthodontists don’t have to attach ceramic braces to all your teeth. You can choose to have your dentist put them on your visible teeth, with metal brackets on the others. Your professional at our orthodontic dentistry can develop a dental treatment plan for your teeth that suits your needs and preferences.
Benefits of clear ceramic braces include:
- Improved confidence
- Effective teeth straightening
- Teeth alignment
- Less noticeable than metal braces
Why Choose Lovett Dental Northside?
Our board-certified orthodontists are available to discuss the benefits of getting clear braces. After meeting with our dental team, you’ll know everything you need to know to make an informed decision.
Specialists at our offices include periodontists, maxillofacial surgeons, endodontists, and more. If you need orthodontic dentistry, contact Lovett Dental Northside at 832.734.9452, or contact us online to schedule a consultation with us and discuss your options.