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Clear Braces

If you want straighter teeth but are concerned about how you'll look with braces, consider this - many cosmetically minded celebrities are wearing aesthetic braces to improve their smiles quickly without compromising their signature look. In fact, when Tom Cruise graced the cover of Entertainment Weekly in 2002 he was wearing clear braces!

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Metal vs. Clear Braces
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How Do Clear Braces Work?
Clear braces work the same way as metal braces do. The only difference is that they use clear or tooth colored brackets instead of metal ones. They are a great alternative for patients who want a more esthetic alternative to metal braces but are not confident that they will wear their clear aligners, such as Invisalign, as much as they would need to.

Clear Braces
Clear braces are great because they blend in with the natural color of your teeth. They are made of either sapphire or ceramic, not metal, which is more comfortable on your lips and the mucosa lining your cheeks. Though they are not as aesthetic as clear tray aligners such as Invisalign, clear braces are more effective in straightening your teeth because they require less compliance from you, the patient.

Dr. Molayem is proud to offer Inspire Ice Clear braces. These are the highest quality aesthetic braces on the market. Their patented sapphire material makes Inspire ICE the only crystal-clear braces available. They're not only discreet, they're virtually invisible. Some aesthetic braces are white or colored to match a particular tooth color. But since we all have different tooth shades, these braces frequently stand out. Inspire ICE crystal-clear braces are the most discreet braces available, regardless of tooth color. Plus, they won't stain or discolor over time, so you'll look great throughout your treatment.

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Clear Braces and Staining
Sapphire braces do not stain. The elastics used to hold the wire to the clear brackets is clear as well and, if you regularly drink red wine, tea or coffee or smoke, they will absorb the stain. These are the same products that will stain your teeth. The only way to prevent this staining is to minimize the amount of contact with these staining liquids and tobacco. However, these elastics are changed at every appointment so the staining is removed at least once a month. It's only the ligatures that stain, not the brackets themselves!

While clear braces have many benefits, there are some things to keep in mind. Treatment sometimes takes longer with clear braces than with metal braces. Also, while they are strong, they may not be strong enough for severe cases; metal braces are recommended for these cases.