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Traditional versus Clear Braces

Traditional versus Clear Braces

The field of Orthodontics has undergone great changes over the last few decades. Getting a beautiful and healthy smile is now easier than ever with all the various treatment options available. At the core of orthodontic treatment are braces. They now come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and materials and are much easier to place, tolerate, and remove than before.


There are two main types of braces: Metal and clear.

Metal braces are usually made of stainless steel, are strong enough to handle the harsh environment of the mouth, and are resistant to corrosion and staining. They are still the most widely used type of braces because of their versatility, ease of use, and strength. They are bonded to the teeth using special dental cements and easily removed at the end of treatment without causing any damage to the teeth.


For patients that want a “metal free” smile plenty of other alternatives are available. Clear braces are one example. These braces are usually made of porcelain, the same material used in dental crowns. They are very strong, stain resistant, and sometimes more comfortable than metal braces. Clear wires are also available to complement these ultra- clear braces for the esthetically conscious patient. Adults and those in high public presence such as actors and public speakers are ideal candidates for clear braces.


When compared to metal braces, clear braces are sometimes more expensive and more brittle. Also, because they attach to the teeth so strongly they can damage the teeth when removed. This is very rare however and not a routine problem. It is sometimes believed that clear braces prolong the orthodontic treatment when compared to metal braces. It is also believed that clear braces discolor because of various foods or drinks. Both of these statements are false. Both types of braces will usually offer the same length of treatment and clear braces, just like metal braces, are stain resistant and will not change color throughout the treatment.


No matter what types of braces you chose, the end result will be the same: a brand new and beautiful smile that will transform your life and the ones around you.


Dr. Salmassian is a Board Certified orthodontist. For any questions regarding this article or to schedule your complimentary orthodontic evaluation please call 661-222-7444.

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