The primary difference between traditional and clear braces is the material used for the brackets and wire used to correct the alignment of your teeth. Traditional braces are made of metal and clear braces are made from clear or tooth-colored ceramic or plastic. Often the wire used with clear braces is tooth colored as well.
Traditional braces are more durable than clear braces. For example, if you play sports like football or soccer, you’ll be better off with metal braces because the ceramic used in clear braces is more brittle and could break if you collide with an opponent during play.
The ceramic used in clear braces are also more likely to stain than metal braces. If you choose clear braces, you need to be extra careful to thoroughly clean your teeth and avoid foods and drinks that could stain them.
Traditional and clear braces both use wires and brackets to guide your teeth into the correct positions. Your orthodontist at Braces Culture takes molds and pictures of your teeth to create a plan to make a series of small adjustments to the pressure on your teeth to push them to the ideal locations in your mouth.
With both clear and traditional braces, your orthodontist attaches brackets to your teeth and guides an archwire through them. Your orthodontist adjusts the wire every two to four weeks throughout your treatment.
You brush and floss your teeth carefully while you wear braces. Your orthodontist gives you advice on the best toothbrush and floss to use.
They also give you instructions on how to brush and floss around your braces. You should brush and floss after every meal to ensure no food particles get stuck in your braces.
Most orthodontic treatment lasts between one and three years. The length of time you need to wear your braces depends on the severity of the alignment issues that need to be corrected. Your orthodontist at Braces Culture gives you advice on your specific needs when planning your orthodontic treatment.
You can learn more about traditional and clear braces by calling or booking an appointment online today.
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