Clear braces work in the same way that metal braces work. Both Clear & Metal Braces use constant, gentle pressure, which over time, move teeth into their proper positions. Your braces are at work every moment of your orthodontic treatment. The two main components of your braces are: the brackets that are placed on your teeth and the main wire that connects them.

We use Opal Orthodontics Esthetic Brackets as they offer the dual benefits of superior translucence (crystal clear vs. the opaque ceramic seen with other clear brackets) along with improved bracket strength.

Advantages of Ceramic Braces

Disadvantages of Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are more brittle and less resilient to force than metal braces – thus they are more prone to fracture with excess force from chewing or function.
Ceramic braces cost more than metal braces.
Because the ceramic bracket is made of a harder material than the enamel of our teeth, when our teeth bite or rub against the brackets it can result in wear on the teeth. In certain patients with excessively deep bites or long cusps on opposing teeth, ceramic braces are not recommended.

Tri-Valley Orthodontics offers other kinds of braces too.

  • Metal braces are still the standard in orthodontic treatment.
  • Lingual braces feature brackets that attach to the back or inside surface of the tooth, making them almost invisible to others.
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