Are you a kind of a person who would really want less noticeable braces on your teeth? Some dentists offer their patients the option of choosing clear dental braces. These braces are made of pure monocrystalline sapphire that is virtually invisible. Only the thin arch wire is visible. This makes clear braces nearly invisible.
Clear braces can be worn longer if need be without the orthodontist feeling as much pressure to take them off for esthetic reasons.The clear sapphire brackets do not stain unlike the plastic brackets. Also, they are stronger than other ceramic brackets. Sapphire is the second hardest material after diamond so clear brackets will not be distorted. Distortion of a bracket could hamper control of the pressure on the tooth.
The disadvantages of clear teeth braces are: The clear or white ligatures, little elastics that hold the arch wire to the brackets, can stain, which defeats aesthetics of the clear braces. However, ligatures are changed at your monthly adjustment. Treatment can take a few months longer with clear brackets. They are a bit larger than metal brackets.
The cost of clear braces will be as much as $500 - $1250 over the cost of comparable stainless steel braces. Clear braces could be more fragile than the regular, metal braces. Consult with your dentist whether clear braces are right for you.
Get 25% off the cost of clear teeth braces