Clear Braces Are A Distinct Alternative
A mouth full of metal wires is no longer a requirement for straight teeth and a symmetrical smile. Clear braces can create a brilliant smile without hurting your self-esteem or professional appearance and are available in the Port St. Lucie, FL area. There are several kinds of clear braces that Port St. Lucie orthodontist Dr. Martine A. DeCambre can help you choose from.
Types of Clear Braces
Clear braces include ceramic brackets, braces placed on the inside of the teeth, and clear aligners.
Ceramic braces are like metal braces except they use tooth-colored brackets and wires rather than metal. They are also not as strong as traditional metal braces and require a longer treatment time to apply a more gradual force to moving teeth. However, they do move teeth faster than clear plastic aligners.
Lingual braces are attached to the back of the teeth so that they do not show. This makes them appealing to people who may be self-conscious about traditional wire braces.
Clear aligners are removable custom-fit plastic pieces that resemble retainers. They are nearly invisible and virtually pain-free, with no brackets to come off or wires to break and poke. Clear aligners can be removed to eat or to brush and floss. However, clear aligners require self-discipline to wear consistently since they are removable and they are easier to misplace.
Conditions Clear Braces Treat
Clear braces are not for everyone. Traditional metal braces can treat complex bite problems or extreme misalignment of teeth more effectively. However, invisible braces are great for overbites, crowded or widely spaced teeth, and crooked teeth. A consultation with Dr. DeCambre can help you determine which are best for you.
Length of Treatment
The length of time required to wear clear braces depends on your teeth and the type of braces. Braces of any kind are worn for between 18 and 24 months on average. Ceramic and lingual braces often take more time because they are not as strong as metal. Treatment time for clear aligners can vary between 9 and 24 months and depends on the degree to which your teeth need to be aligned.
Cost of Clear Braces
The cost of clear braces is a little higher than traditional braces, which ranges from $2,500 to $7,000. The cost is determined by the type and duration of treatment, the orthodontist, the location, and your dental insurance.
Choosing between invisible braces and metal ones can be a complicated decision. It’s about what works for your lifestyle and your new smile. Martine A. DeCambre, DDS and Braces for Us are here to help you understand your options and make the right choice.