Clear Braces

Susan Liebman, DMD -  - Orthodontics

Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics

Susan Liebman, DMD

Orthodontics located in Brooklyn Heights, Brooklyn, NY

Many teenagers and adults require braces to straighten their teeth, but hesitate to get them because of their appearance. With clear braces from Susan Liebman, DMD, at Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics in Brooklyn Heights, New York City, you can pull your teeth into their new position without covering your smile whenever possible throughout your treatment. To find out if clear braces are the right family orthodontics choice for you, call Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, or book a consultation online today.

Clear Braces Q & A

What are clear braces?

Clear braces are an alternative to the traditional bulky metal braces that are familiar to most people. Clear braces work in the same way as the metal option: Dr. Liebman cements fixtures to the fronts of your teeth and places metal bands around your back molars. She runs a wire through the fixtures and tightens it periodically to encourage your teeth’s movement.

The key difference is that clear braces are made of a ceramic material that closely matches the color of your teeth. That means that it’s harder for others to see the braces in your mouth, at least from far away, and you’ll only see a thin wire along your teeth in most photos as your treatment creates straight teeth and a healthy bite. 

Am I a good candidate for clear braces?

Many patients prefer clear braces because they’re less conspicuous than metal braces, making it easier to integrate into new social settings like work or school without feeling self-conscious. They’re a great option if you have mild misalignment issues that don’t require the strength of metal braces.

Although clear braces are an enticing alternative to metal, they aren’t the best option for every orthodontic case. They’re more prone to breakage than metal braces. If you work a job or participate in an activity that requires lots of mouth movements and speaking, Dr. Liebman may encourage you to choose metal braces instead.

How should I care for my clear braces?

Caring for your clear braces is similar to caring for traditional braces. To ensure that your treatment plan is completed efficiently and without complications, you must:

  • Brush and floss your teeth every time you finish eating
  • Avoid crunchy foods
  • Avoid biting down on hard objects
  • Avoid chewy or sticky foods
  • Stop smoking
  • Avoid staining foods and drinks
  • Visit Dr. Leibman’s office regularly

Having clear braces requires that you pay more attention to the foods and drinks that you consume because they’re prone to cause staining. The ceramic brackets can stain and become darker than your tooth, so they’re no longer clear. You can also stain the rubber bands involved in your alignment, but those are easy to change.

If you’d like to straighten your teeth without the traditionally dark and obvious metal braces, call Brooklyn Heights Orthodontics, or book a consultation for clear braces online today.