Long gone are the early days of orthodontics, when traditional metal wires and brackets were the only options available. Today, patients who want a perfect bite or a flawless smile can choose from a variety of innovative and effective orthodontic options, including aesthetically pleasing clear braces. From his innovative dental practice in Nashville, Tennessee, Dr. Adam Cottrill provides a full scope of orthodontic services, including clear braces. To get the smile you’ve always wanted, call his office or book your appointment online today.
Clear braces are essentially the same type of orthodontic appliance as traditional metal braces, but they’re made with either enamel-colored or clear brackets that visually blend into your teeth. Clear braces may also incorporate enamel-colored wires to make them even less apparent.
Clear braces are sometimes called ceramic braces because of the material they’re made from.
Although the first ceramic braces had a greater tendency to break and were more prone to becoming discolored with wear, clear braces technology has improved dramatically over the past decade or so. Because of these improvements, clear braces are a viable and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional braces.
As with standard metal braces, clear braces can correct virtually any bite or spacing issue.
The main benefit of choosing clear braces lies in what you don’t see. As they straighten your teeth and correct your bite, people will mostly notice your smile, not a mouth full of metal wires. This clear advantage makes clear braces an ideal solution for patients who may need orthodontic work, but don’t want prominent braces.
Because clear braces require excellent attention to oral hygiene to prevent staining on underlying enamel, however, they’re best for older teenagers and adults.
To prevent decay or discolored enamel while wearing clear braces, it’s essential to learn how to get rid of the food particles that accumulate around the brackets and wires.
It may take some time to get used to a new dental hygiene routine, but with a bit of effort, you should be able to develop new habits to maintain your oral health until your teeth are straight.
Important tips on how to keep your teeth clean while wearing braces include:
Always clean your teeth after eating
It’s important to clean your teeth after every meal or snack to dislodge food particles that have become trapped in your braces. This can help prevent the decay and plaque formation.
Use an oral irrigator
Because flossing can be more challenging with braces, many patients opt to use an oral irrigator, or water pick, to remove food that gets trapped between teeth and around brackets.
Get regular dental cleanings
No matter how conscientious you are about cleaning your teeth while wearing braces, there’s always the chance that some food debris has been left behind. Dr. Cottrill provides regular professional cleanings to help ensure your teeth stay healthy throughout your braces treatment.