Many patients ask us at our dental office in South Jordan, UT, about clear braces. At District Orthodontics of South Jordan, clear braces help patients who want to straighten their teeth and address potential orthodontic concerns more discreetly.
What are Clear Braces?
Traditional metal braces use brackets and archwires to straighten your teeth. One bracket is attached to every tooth with a bonding material. Then, we connect each bracket together with an archwire.
Clear braces are an alternative to traditional braces, which work the same way. Clear braces are an orthodontic treatment that uses clear plastic brackets and wires to straighten teeth. Clear braces are less visible than metal braces, making them a popular choice for adults and teenagers who want to improve their smiles without drawing attention to their orthodontic treatment.
Clear braces use gentle pressure to move teeth into alignment over time. However, because they are made of transparent materials and have smaller brackets, clear braces are less visible and often more comfortable than metal braces.
Dr. David Young will tighten the archwire during your dental appointments, which gently straightens your teeth. Dr. Young also utilizes other tools such as spacers, rubber bands, and expanders to restore orthodontic concerns.
If you are considering clear braces for your orthodontic treatment, talk to your orthodontist, Dr. David Young, about whether clear braces are right for you.
Why are Rubber Bands Used with Braces?
Clear braces use clear brackets and tooth-colored wires. They also use rubber bands, which can be visible. But even with the rubber bands, clear braces are less visible than conventional braces and are therefore a good option for people looking for a more subtle way to improve their smile. The rubber bands gently apply pressure to move the teeth into the desired place. You can also remove the rubber bands for more comfort and ease when eating and cleaning your braces. Most patients change their elastics multiple times daily for more convenience and to maintain tension.
How do I Clean My Teeth with Clear Braces?
It is always essential to clean your teeth at least twice a day; however, you should be more diligent in cleaning them with braces. At District Orthodontics of South Jordan, we recommend that you clean your teeth after every meal with a soft-bristle toothbrush for two minutes. Wearing braces increases your risk of tooth decay because the appliances attached to your teeth allow bacteria and decay to collect.
Flossing is also essential with braces because food and debris can quickly become caught between the teeth and the appliances. We recommend that patients use a floss threader or a Waterpik. Caring for your teeth during orthodontic treatment may take more time. However, it will help prevent dental decay and gum disease following the treatment.
What are the Benefits of Clear Braces?
There are several benefits to this type of treatment:
- Clear braces are less noticeable than traditional metal braces, making patients feel more confident about their smiles during treatment.
- Clear braces are less likely to cause irritation and discomfort than metal braces.
- Clear braces are easier to keep clean, which helps promote better oral health overall.
In addition, clear braces offer the same benefits as traditional braces, such as the ability to correct misaligned teeth and bite problems. If you’re considering orthodontic treatment, ask your orthodontist, Dr. Young, about clear braces – they may be the perfect solution for you.
Clear Braces in South Jordan, UT
Clear braces can help improve not only the appearance of your smile but also your oral health. District Orthodontics of South Jordan offers conventional metal braces and ceramic braces to meet your needs. We also use dental attachments such as elastics and expanders to help you create your dream smile. Call our office today for more information about traditional braces or to schedule an appointment.