clear or ceramic braces

Everything you
need to know about
Clear (Ceramic) Braces

Clear braces (Ceramic braces) allow you to go for a more discreet option. These braces are made of clear materials and are therefore visually blend more naturally with your teeth than metal braces.

For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.

Clear (Ceramic) braces are almost identical to commonly used braces , however they are made of materials that allow them to blend in with your teeth making them a less obvious, but very effective teeth straightening method.

As with Traditional braces your Clear Choice Orthodontist will change or adjust your wires to move your teeth into the correct positions to achieve your beautiful new smile.

Clear (Ceramic) Braces are an excellent alternative to traditional braces. For instance, by being less obvious than Traditional braces they reduce the awkwardness you might feel. Furthermore, if you’re not a candidate for Invisalign or you’re worried about costs, these braces are a great option.

Clear braces are also known as Ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.

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Clear Braces: Costs plus everything else you need to know

How much do Clear Braces Cost?

Thanks to the well-proven process and easy access to your teeth both at time of fitting and regular adjustments, clear braces will cost slightly more than Traditional Braces. Everyone’s treatment plan is different, but an average cost for clear (ceramic) braces on both the top and bottom arch is $ 6500 over 12-24 months.

We offer a number of payment plans that break down the cost into a very manageable series of monthly instalments so that you’re not left with a credit card debt at the end, just a beautiful, natural smile.

How long will clear (ceramic) braces take?

When we’re working with your teeth we have to allow time for them to move in your gums. Depending on the degree of complexity in rotating, tipping and other movements of your teeth you should anticipate your braces to be on for at least 12 months and up to 24. Some complex cases last up to 36 months.

Do clear (ceramic) braces hurt?

Your mouth will be quite sensitive at first because the archwires of your braces place a degree of force on your teeth in order to effect a change and get them to move. Some paracetamol or ibuprofen will relieve the discomfort and within a couple of days you will feel normal again.

The sensation will return at each appointment but disappear just as quickly, and your braces will carry on their task of teeth straightening unnoticed.

Do ceramic braces change the way you speak?

No, your braces won’t change the way you speak for anything more than a day or two after fitting. Initially your tongue will be uncomfortable as it touches your teeth when you form words, but as soon as your mouth adjusts you will go back to speaking as clearly as ever.

What do clear (ceramic) braces feel like?

At first, they will feel strange. Your teeth will be tender for a few days after fitting and again at each subsequent adjustment, but a mild analgesic will minimise the discomfort. The brackets will feel foreign for a couple of days too, but you will quickly become used to them. It’s likely that you will run your tongue over the new items in your mouth quite a bit at first but that’s not a problem and you will soon stop.

We will give you some wax that you can use to minimise the rubbing of your lips and cheek against one or more brackets on your teeth. Again, this will be a short-lived experience and as your mouth toughens up a little you won’t feel the irritation anymore.

How do I eat with clear (ceramic) braces?

For the first couple of days after fitting or your regular adjustment you will want to eat only soft foods like soup, jelly and ice-cream. After that you can eat practically what you like. The only rules are that you avoid extra hard foods like nuts, popcorn (the unpopped kernels) and hard biscuits, and sticky foods like caramel, chewy lollies and so on. This is because they can cause a bracket to dislodge and if a bracket isn’t bonded with your tooth, your braces aren’t doing anything to move it, so your treatment may take longer.


What’s the process for fitting clear (ceramic) braces?

When you first visit us we will examine your teeth and talk to you about your concerns. We will take some photos, and perhaps even a dental mould so that we can get a good handle on what actions to take to enhance your smile or correct a bite problem. We’ll make recommendations on what your options are and if you choose traditional braces we’ll talk you through the process in detail. On the day of your fitting we may place 4 bands around your back teeth. These act as anchor points for your archwires.

We’ll glue brackets to your other teeth and we’ll connect them to your archwires. We will adjust the archwires to commence rotating or moving your teeth into a better position and then you’ll be on your way to a great new smile.

Your smile is unique...

…so your treatment will be as well.

Your local Orthodontist will be able to discuss all of the options available for you, including Invisible Braces, and work out the ideal treatment plan for you.

So click the link below to find your nearest Clear Choice Orthodontist and get ready for your new smile.

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they then study for an additional 3 years

including 5,000 hours of practical training

specialists in correcting misaligned teeth and jaws