At 3 Dental Dublin and Limerick our dentists have been providing clear braces for over 10 years and have a wealth of experience. We have provided 1,000’s of patients with clear braces in that time.
Clear braces can be a great solution to those seeking a fast solution to crooked teeth that is much less obvious than previous metal braces.
Let’s talk a little about clear braces, their advantages, disadvantages, applications and limitations.
In a word, yes.
This is the major drawback for clear braces. The actual braces themselves don’t stain up but the elastics we use to attach the wire (which actually moves the teeth) to the brackets (which sit on the teeth) can stain easily with certain types of food and drinks.
Mostly these are foods that you would associate with staining e.g.
Some types of spices cause staining also e.g. turmeric.
Also, as smoking causes severe staining of the brackets and elastics (modules), for this reason we recommend that people who smoke (even only occasionally) should avoid clear braces.
It is worth noting that the dentist or orthodontist will usually replace the elastics every visit (usually every 4-6 weeks), for that reason people with clear braces will usually avoid these staining foods and drinks until just before they return to the clinic.
For patients who choose to have clear braces and eat or drink these foods usually or smoke, additional charges will apply as the elastics will need to be changed more regularly.
An overbite is when the top teeth bite over and completely hide the lower teeth.
This is not to be confused with an overjet, where the top teeth protrude well beyond the bottom teeth. Sometimes both happen together.
Clear braces have the same application and action as more traditional metal braces, so yes clear braces can fix an overbite though usually in conjunction with a removable orthodontic functional appliance to open the bite.
In some adults we can avoid the need for a removable appliance initially by placing little build ups on the back of the front upper teeth. Your dentist or orthodontist can explain all this on your free consultation.
There are a number of different types of clear braces:
Ceramic and resin brace look much more pleasing and are pretty much invisible. They are less likely to break and tend to stain less. These are the brackets we use most often in 3 Dental.
Yes you can. You can use clear braces wherever you would use metal braces.
Where bites are very tight we occasionally will recommend metal braces on the lower (as they are smaller and less likely to break off).
Your dentist or orthodontist at 3 Dental will be happy to discuss this with you.
Clear braces are very aesthetic and at a distance you won’t really see them. Obviously when teeth are stained by certain foods they can become more obvious, but at 3 Dental we are happy to replace stained elastics at each visit.
The only thing you will see is the wire which is metal (but very discreet).
For patients who require their braces to be completely invisible we offer the Invisalign system as well as other types of clear aligners.
We offer free consultations on all of our orthodontic (teeth straightening) treatments. Call us today on 01 485 1033 to book your place.