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Clear braces are becoming a popular alternative to metal braces with people in London who are looking to straighten their teeth. The term is used interchangeably with ceramic braces in the context of fixed braces. Clear braces are made from tooth coloured material, which makes them much less noticeable as compared to metal braces. Clear braces, therefore, can often be a much more popular treatment option with people who want to straighten their smile in a discreet manner.
Clear fixed braces are typically more costly as compared to traditional metal braces. However, the discreet nature of clear braces tends to justify the increased cost for many patients.
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are extremely satisfied with their treatment at Whites Dental.
Dr Eillot has treated over 2,200 brace cases and is one of the UK’s most experienced practitioners. He achives results beyond just braces. He has over 10 years complex orthodoritcs experinces .
We are conveniently located in London Waterloo, right across from Southwark Tube station.
We have invested in the ground breaking iTero 3D digital scanner. We will show you a simulation of how your teeth will move throughout your treatment and also how your new smile could look at the end of your treatment.
Your Questions on Clear Braces – Answered
What are the benefits of clear braces?
Discreetness –clear braces are best known for tooth coloured brackets and wires. As a result, the entire brace system becomes very discreet in nature and are therefore significantly less noticeable than metal braces. This advantage is hugely preferable for patients wanting to straighten their teeth discreetly.
Increased comfort – the clear ceramic brackets used for clear braces are smaller than the brackets used within metal brace systems. This leads to less irritation and discomfort for the patient over the course of their treatment.
Increased stain-resistance –the entire system has increased stain resistance, especially for clear brace brands that use modern orthodontic technology. Newer technology makes clear braces less susceptible to staining.
Clear braces or metal braces – what should I get?
Clear braces and metal braces both have the same essential components. Both brace systems employ brackets that attach to the teeth, an orthodontic wire that fits into the brackets and elastic to maintain pressure on the teeth. The main differences is of course that clear braces use tooth coloured brackets, wire and bands making the brace system a lot more discreet than traditional metal braces. This is a significant advantage for patients wanting to straighten their teeth in a discreet manner. The second difference between clear braces and metal braces is the cost. Clear braces tend to be more expensive compared to metal braces due to the special clear brackets and wire that are used. If you are debating whether to go for clear braces vs. metal braces, a consultation with one of our dentists may help answer your questions in more detail.
Why have clear braces not completely replaced metal braces by now?
Many of our braces’ patients say to us that their biggest issue with braces treatment is being stuck with a mouth full of metal for months and months. Metal in the mouth completely changes the aesthetics of the face. A more discreet braces option should have made clear braces the treatment of choice for every patient – so why hasn’t it? Well, there are a few different reasons for this. The first is that many of our younger patients like to make a statement with their braces. They often prefer brackets that reflect their individual personalities – some choose metal brackets that are shaped as hearts or stars or the like. They also prefer to use bring coloured elastics. Clear braces come in one form – clear. The second reason often comes down to cost. Clear braces are often more costly as compared to metal braces. Many patients prefer a more cost effective solution to straightening their teeth.
Are clear braces more costly than metal braces?
The short answer is yes. Clear braces are typically more costly than metal braces under like for like circumstances. This is due to the special nature of the tooth-coloured brackets and wires used by clear brace systems. The exact cost difference depends on the duration of the treatment and on the brand of clear braces you decide to use. Clear braces can be about 30-40% more expensive than metal braces typically. You can get a more accurate cost once we have had a chance to assess your orthodontic needs but we do offer a braces cost comparison and finance options.
At Whites Dental, our orthodontists try their hardest to provide a complete clear braces package to our patients to help create a perfect smile. If you are wanting to straighten your teeth with clear braces but need more information on whether they are the right option for you, why not book a consultation with one of our braces team – we are located in London Waterloo, next to Southwark tube.