Clear Braces – Can They Help You?

Excerpt: Clear braces are used to realign teeth that do not have optimal placement.
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Clear braces are used to realign teeth that do not have an optimal placement. They may also be referred to as ceramic braces and are often preferred over metal brackets for aesthetic reasons.

Clear braces are not clear aligners like Invisalign, they are just conventional braces that use clear material for the brackets on the teeth. This can prevent them from standing out too much for the benefit of the patient.

The brackets used to make clear braces can be made from multiple materials:

  • Ceramic
  • Plastic
  • Plastic emulator
  • Porcelain 
  • Sapphire
  • Resin
  • Zirconium

How Do Clear Braces Work?

They work the same as your standard, conventional braces. The clear brackets are attached to the teeth using an adhesive, or bands. The brackets will hold the archwires in place as the teeth are gradually moved into a more optimal position.

How Long Do You Wear Clear Braces?

The treatment duration will largely depend on the type and severity of your teeth alignment issues. On average the duration of treatment will last between 18 and 24 months. As with regular braces, you will need ongoing appointments every 4-6 weeks so the dentist can monitor your progress.

What Do Clear Braces Look Like?

The main difference between these braces and the traditional braces will be the see transparent, clear, brackets. This difference will cause the braces to stand out less than their metal counterparts.
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What Bite Alignment Issues Can Clear Braces Treat?

Braces can fix many different alignment issues, clear braces are better than clear aligners, if your alignments are more pronounced, clear aligners are meant for minor issues.



The issues most commonly fixed by braces include:



  • Overbites
  • Underbites
  • Crossbites
  • Overjets
  • Openbites

Clear Braces Vs. Clear Aligners – Pros & Cons

Clear Aligners (Invisalign)


  • Removable
  • Fast-acting
  • Comfortable
  • Convenient


  • Won’t be effective for severe issues
  • If they are removed often, treatment won’t be effective

Clear Braces


  • Treat severe alignment issues more effectively
  • Discrete


  • Non-removable
  • May not be comfortable at first
  • Can be hard to clean

How Much Do Clear Braces Cost?

Clear braces are priced out by the brand that supplies them, the pricing will be similar to traditional braces. The pricing will largely vary per brand, and it can be over $10,000 for two arches (upper and lower). However, it can be less than that, depending on the needs of the patient.

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