One of the most common issues patients of all ages have with traditional braces is the fact that they are so visible on the teeth. This can make individuals very self-conscious about their appearance, and even prevent them from smiling as often as they would like. Fortunately, our orthodontist and the team here at Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists offer some of the most advanced options available to straighten teeth and correct bite issues in the most discreet way possible. Clear braces and Invisalign® are just a few of the techniques that give patients alternative choices when it comes to orthodontic treatments – choices that can renew your smile without everyone else taking notice of the treatment process!
Clear Braces Vs. Metal Braces
Ultimately there are virtually no significant differences between clear braces and metal braces in terms of functionality—both options involve brackets and wires designed to move the teeth into a straighter position. The chief distinction between clear braces and metal braces involves aesthetics rather than function. Made of a translucent ceramic material that is tinted to match the color of your teeth, clear braces offer patients the ability to undergo orthodontic treatment in a less noticeable way. Since they do not involve prominent metal brackets, clear braces are simply not as visible to others while they are on the teeth. This gives patients a way to have the treatment they need without worrying so much about the appearance of their smile in pictures or when they attend social events!
What Are the Different Types of Clear Braces?
Two of the more popular options for patients who are looking for more discreet orthodontic treatment are:
Clear Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces use brackets that are colored to match the tint of your teeth, making it less noticeable to others that you are wearing braces. The brackets are also built to resist stains, often creating a nice blend with your natural tooth-color for the duration of treatment.
When treating patients with braces, Dr. Pat Cuozzo and our orthodontics team often prefer the Alexander LTS Orthodontics System over options such as the Damon technique. The Alexander LTS System allows for rapid movement of the teeth into an improved position while providing our orthodontist precise control for the best possible alignment. This can ultimately lead to beautiful results in a relatively brief amount of time.
For patients who have less severe signs of crowding and teeth misalignment, Invisalign® may be the ideal treatment. Invisalign® doesn’t involve brackets and wires at all; in fact, the treatment is composed of a series of custom-designed, clear teeth aligners that progressively move the teeth into a more desirable position. Tooth- colored attachments may need to be placed on the teeth to optimize movement, and some patients will wear elastics with the aligners to correct the bite. The aligners are removable for eating, drinking, and oral hygiene routines, and they are virtually invisible on the teeth.
How Much Do Clear Braces Cost?
When compared to the total cost of traditional braces, the cost of clear braces here at Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists is typically an additional $350 to $700 for adolescents and adults. This range often varies depending on factors such as the materials that will be utilized, the complexity and severity of the orthodontic concerns being addressed, the projected duration of treatment, and other factors associated with the customized treatment plan.
It is important to note that many dental insurance plans offer some degree of coverage for clear braces and other types of orthodontic treatment. In addition, our practice accepts a comprehensive array of convenient payment methods, and we work with CareCredit®. This reputable lending agency offers a vast selection of financing arrangements that can help qualified applicants pay for their orthodontic procedure on a monthly basis. Once your treatment plan is developed, a member of our team will calculate an overall cost estimate and answer any questions you may have.
Cuozzo Orthodontic Specialists not only wants to help you successfully improve the appearance of your teeth – we want you to feel comfortable and confident while doing it. If you have questions about our treatment options, or if you would like to schedule a consultation to find out the best procedure for your needs and goals, please contact us today.