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The Ultimate Guide to Clear Braces & Ceramic Braces

By  Dr. Dustin Coles – Premier Orthodontics

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It’s time to talk, in detail, about clear braces (or ceramic braces).  

If you’re unsure if your child needs braces you may have many questions that you want answered before you even choose to go in for a consultation. These questions include wondering which treatment options will work best, what is the price of braces, and if one option is better than another for you or your child. 

This article is devoted to breaking down what exactly clear braces (or ceramic braces) are, their cost, what types are best, as well as why you might consider getting clear braces for you or your child.

What Are Clear Braces or Ceramic Braces?

Clear braces are very similar to metal braces, in that they move teeth to their correct positions. However,they also provide a more esthetic look, blending in with the teeth more. They are less noticeable overall than metal braces.

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You may have also heard about “ceramic braces”.  Ceramic braces and clear braces are essentially the same thing. The  names are often used interchangeably, and we will continue to do so in this article.

How Much Do Clear Braces Cost?

Some orthodontists may charge extra when patients choose clear braces.  The reason for this is that clear brackets often cost more for the orthodontist compared to other braces options available. 

Curious what to expect when getting clear braces at Premier Orthodontics?  Watch our Braces Installation Time Lapse Video Below.

Metal Braces vs Clear Braces: Which Works best?

Both metal and clear braces are equally effective in moving teeth in the same amount of time.  Both can also give you a fantastic result. There are some key differences, though – we highlight them below.

Benefits of Clear Braces

  • Less noticeable than metal braces
  • Blend in more naturally with your teeth
  • Great for adults who want to show less metal when they smile
  • No staining to worry about (must choose clear self ligating braces for this)

Cons of Clear Braces

  • Clear braces are a bit larger than metal braces
  • Clear braces are a bit more difficult to remove when your braces are completed (any orthodontist worth their salt will still be able to handle this process without a problem)
  • The price of clear braces can sometimes be higher

In general, clear braces work equally well when compared to metal braces and if you’re wanting braces that are less obvious to friends, family or strangers on the street they are a great choice!

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Faith Hill with braces

If You Look Closely Both Prince Harry and  Faith Hill Had Clear Braces

Do Clear Braces Stain?

Older types of ceramic braces require white or clear ligatures (tiny rubber bands) to hold the wire on to the braces. These little rubber bands would sometimes start clear but stain gradually over time.

Premier Orthodontics uses clear self-ligating braces that combine a nearly invisible look without requiring a rubber band to attach the bracket to the wire. These self ligating brackets utilize a small clip instead that prevents the problem of clear braces staining.

Self Ligating Brackets

Clear Self Ligating Brackets utilize a clip instead of a rubber band

Clear Braces Before and After

View below to see actual patients treated with clear braces at Premier Orthodontics

Kids Treated with Clear Braces at Premier Orthodontics

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before and after clear braces
before and after clear braces

Adults Treated with Clear Braces at Premier Orthodontics

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adult before and after clear braces
adult before and after clear braces

Where to get clear braces in Phoenix, Chandler, Maricopa, and Casa Grande?

Premier Orthodontics has 6 locations  providing braces and Invisalign in Phoenix, Chandler, Gilbert, Maricopa, Casa Grande, and Glendale as well as the surrounding areas. 

Schedule your free consultation for clear braces or read our comprehensive guide to the cost of braces . (We are very transparent about our process and our pricing, as you’ll see in this guide.)

Schedule a Free Braces Consultation For You or Your Child

Thinking about getting started with braces?

You can schedule a 100% free consultation and find out if clear braces the best choice for you.

Whether you’re thinking about braces for kidsbraces for an adult, or even Invisalign, we’ve got you covered!

Click below to learn how you can get started with braces for as low as $89/month. 

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