For many kids, getting braces can mark the beginning of a less than exciting rite of passage to adulthood.
Fortunately, today’s braces are much different than the ones from your childhood. Braces work faster than they did in our youth, and some children can even opt for clear braces, which are less noticeable than metal braces. Most teenagers are self-conscious and appreciate not having traditional metal braces.
Clear ceramic braces are a discreet orthodontic treatment option which work the same way as traditional metal braces do.
Using the bracket and arch-wire system, your teeth are guided into their desired position by gentle pressure. The difference between these two types of braces is that clear ceramic braces aren’t as conspicuous. This is because the brackets attached to your teeth are made from a clear ceramic material which blends in with the natural colour of your teeth. The clear ceramic brackets are resistant to staining and discoloration. Most adults choose ceramic brackets on their top teeth, and they are becoming a popular choice for teenagers
Advantages of clear braces
The most noticeable advantage with clear braces or aligners is their appearance. Clear braces are more discrete. The wires can blend in with your teeth, allowing your braces to seamlessly ‘fit’ with your smile.
Your child can look more natural in person, as well as in pictures while wearing their braces. Because they know people are focusing on their beautiful smile (not on their braces), teenagers who wear clear braces report feeling less self-conscious, and may actually have more self-confidence.
Clear braces are also often considered to be more comfortable than traditional metal braces.