Clear Braces


Having braces is not always associated with metal brackets and wires.  Many of today’s braces are made from either clear or natural tooth colored materials to provide patients with an attractive, less noticeable alternative to traditional braces.

What’s the difference between a clear aligner and clear braces?

Clear braces are the same as traditional metal braces except that they are clear! Clear braces are a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces and provide patients with an equally effective treatment.

Clear aligners are different from clear braces. Clear aligners are pieces of durable plastic that are designed to fit into your mouth snuggly, like a mouth guard. Clear aligners are great for patients requiring minor orthodontic treatment.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of clear braces?

As with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to choose the right option for your needs and lifestyle.  Drs. Chow and Ko will help you determine whether they are the right treatment for you.

Advantages to clear braces:

  • Appearance: Clear braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.  They offer an esthetic alternative if you are seeking options other than the traditional metal braces.
  • Confidence: Many patients who choose clear braces feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on their smiles rather than their braces.

Disadvantages to clear braces:

  • Cost: Clear braces cost more than traditional metal braces.
  • Discoloration: The clear elastic ties used with clear and ceramic braces may become slightly discolored when you drink tea, coffee, or wine, and eat certain foods (spaghetti and curry) or smoke.  We can offer advice on how to keep your braces clean.

Are clear braces a good option for me?

By talking to Drs. Chow and Ko, you can decide if clear braces are the right treatment for you.  Please do not hesitate to contact our practice and schedule an appointment today!