Clear braces are used for the same purpose as metal braces but are made of clear or tooth-colored clear material. Many clients, especially adults, opt for clear braces over metal braces because they are less obvious. This may be appealing if you need braces but do not want to feel self-conscious or embarrassed about having them.
However, even though clear braces are less noticeable while still doing the job, there are downsides to choosing them over standard metal braces. As your local Scotia & Schenectady orthodontist, we at Hoskinson Orthodontics will inform you of the pros and cons to having clear braces.
These pros and cons are meant to give you an overview of how clear braces compare to traditional metal braces.
Braces of any type are meant for those who have all of their adult teeth and have, for the most part, stopped growing. This makes sure your teeth align quicker and lowers the odds of brackets breaking from tooth movement over time.
Clear braces are the best choice if you want the fast-paced alignment of metal braces with the subtlety of Invisalign.
Overall, clear braces cost about $4,000 to $8,000. Comparatively, metal braces usually cost $3,000 to $6,000. Clear aligners like Invisalign can cost $3,000 to $8,000.
Unfortunately, most insurance plans do not cover braces or aligners of any kind. It’s likely you’ll have to purchase a separate orthodontic plan from your orthodontist. Even if orthodontic care is covered, braces may not fall under coverage if you aren’t getting them for malocclusion or other dental conditions that negatively impact oral functioning.
Clear braces can take from about a year and a half to three years to successfully straighten teeth while metal braces can take less than a year to three years.
Due to the fragility of clear braces, the brackets need to be replaced and adjusted more often to prevent them from breaking. This is a cause for more adjustments over a longer period of time.
Despite the durability and length of time it takes for clear braces to align your teeth, they are a great option for discreetly perfecting your smile. If you are looking for an orthodontist in the Scotia, Schenectady, Glenville, or Amsterdam areas of New York, please contact us for more information about clear braces. To see how clear braces can transform your smile, feel free to request an appointment online today. We look forward to helping you achieve your dream smile with clear braces!