Here at Taylor Family Orthodontics, we use the most beautiful and technologically advanced ceramic braces available: Clarity Advanced by 3M Unitek. These braces are incredibly aesthetic and function as well as or better than other ceramic braces on the market.
Do they stain? No, these braces are made of porcelain and will not stain during your treatment. The elastic ties that hold the wire in will stain with time — especially if you use clear ties. This is why we recommend silver elastic ties (shown on the model above). The silver ties still look really clear but do not stain like the clear elastics will.
Advantages of clear braces
The biggest advantage to clear braces is the aesthetics! Especially for adults who prefer their braces to be less noticeable, clear braces are an excellent choice!
Disadvantages of clear braces
Clear braces are made from porcelain, and while they are quite nice looking, they do have some disadvantages.
- Clear braces tend to work a little slower than traditional metal braces due to the friction between the metal wires and the porcelain braces. Over a typical 18-month treatment, clear brackets may add between one and three months to your overall treatment time.
- Clear braces on bottom teeth can wear away your upper teeth if you have a deep bite. While it seems counterintuitive, porcelain is actually more abrasive to your teeth than metal. So if you have a deep bite (top teeth overlap bottom teeth more than ideal) and will be biting on the lower braces with your top front teeth during treatment, it is usually a better idea to use metal brackets on the lower teeth. It is very common to do clear braces on the top teeth where they will be most visible and metal braces on the bottom teeth.
If you are looking for a subtle way to align your teeth, we offer clear braces in Orem, Utah. Dr. Robert Taylor can apply braces over your teeth to help you achieve a straighter, more vibrant-looking smile. To inquire more about our services, we invite you to call us today at 801-226-6611 and schedule an appointment with our orthodontist.