Clear braces allow orthodontic patients to receive comparable results to traditional brackets using a more discreet and aesthetic material. At Griffin Orthodontics in West Allis and Oak Creek, WI, we use Radiance Plus™, a trusted brand of clear, ceramic brackets. This system can address misalignment issues on both the upper and lower teeth, often in as little as 18 months. Dr. David J. Griffin offers clear braces for both children and adults.
Radiance Plus™ brackets are made from pure monocrystalline sapphire, which is one of the hardest materials in nature. The material is honed and polished to create a remarkably strong and translucent bracket. They are the clearest ceramic brackets currently available and are nearly invisible on your teeth.
If you are concerned about braces affecting your appearance, clear braces are an exceptional alternative to traditional metal brackets, since they are far less noticeable. The translucent material lets your natural tooth color show through, allowing the brackets to blend with your smile. While Invisalign® is an even more discreet option, clear braces can address more complex misalignment issues.
Clear braces work the same way as traditional braces, meaning they can treat many of the same conditions. However, ceramic, while strong, is more delicate than metal brackets. In addition, clear braces can be a more expensive option. Dr. Griffin will discuss your options with you during your consultation to help design an optimal treatment plan for your needs, budget, and goals.
If you elect to proceed with clear braces, Dr. Griffin will bond the Radiance Plus™ brackets to the front surfaces of your teeth. He will then place an archwire through the brackets and wrap special bands, known as ligatures, around the brackets to hold the wire in place. Typically, patients return to our office about once a month or every six weeks to have their braces adjusted. Most of our clear braces patients complete their treatment in about 18 months, though your treatment timeline will depend on the extent of your misalignment.
With transparent brackets, it is especially important that you maintain a good oral health care routine. Discoloration can affect the ligatures and brackets, making them more noticeable. We recommend minimizing or avoiding highly pigmented foods, such as coffee, red wine, and tomato sauce. Smoking can also stain the ligatures.
Transparent brackets are designed to blend with your smile for a more discreet effect.
Regular brushing is crucial for your oral health. You may need to alter your regular hygiene routine, since brackets can make brushing and flossing more difficult. Our team can teach you special techniques to brush around your brackets and remove food particles and plaque more effectively.
With clear braces, there is no need to avoid receiving the orthodontic treatment you need. Transparent brackets are designed to blend with your smile for a more discreet effect. To find out more about clear braces or other orthodontic options we offer, contact our office online or call us at (414) 328-0704 to schedule a consultation today.
Not surprising that all reviews are 5 star! Dr. Griffin is competent, professional and friendly to all patients. Staff is nothing less than terrific, as well. Adult patients, like me, are welcomed and made to feel part of their family. No exceptions! Very happy I chose Invisalign and delighted I chose Dr. Griffin and his team.