Clear Ceramic Braces in Lexington, KY

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Overview

Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign is proud to offer clear ceramic braces to our patients throughout the Bluegrass state. Our clear ceramic braces work just like traditional metal braces, except that you can hardly tell that you're wearing them. Each smooth bracket is made of a translucent material to seamlessly blend in with your natural teeth. The common misconception is that clear ceramic braces are easily stained, but they are not. However, they do require more attention than metal braces because they do use clear elastic bands that can become discolored or yellowed if not properly maintained. With Invisalign or ClearCorrect (removable teeth aligning systems), patients run the risk of prolonging treatment if an aligner is lost or not worn for the recommended amount of time. Therefore, clear ceramic braces are a great option because they offer around-the-clock treatment. Our practice also offers self-ligating braces, which do not require the use of elastic bands. If you are interested in clear ceramic braces or exploring other oral appliance options, call us today. 

What are the benefits of clear ceramic braces?

At Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign, we understand how self-conscious braces can make you feel. Whether your adolescent needs braces for the first time or you are looking to finally straighten your adult smile, clear ceramic braces at our office can offer many benefits, including:

  • Ability to correct and straighten crooked teeth
  • No risk of demineralizing your enamel layers
  • Treatment of mild to moderate overbites and underbites
  • Seamless, clear aligners that do not disrupt your life or appearance

Am I A Candidate For Clear Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces are made from tooth-colored or clear brackets, making them less visible compared to conventional metal braces. Therefore they're an ideal option for older teens and adults who need an orthodontic treatment, but prefer something less obvious than traditional metal braces. Clear ceramic braces are also a great choice for those wanting a straighter, more beautiful smile in less time than other options such as Invisalign or ClearCorrect, since treatment time may be extended if the trays are lost or not worn for the recommended amount of time.

What to Expect

On the day of your appointment, we will polish and clean your teeth with a specific tooth cleaner. From there, a sealant will be applied to your teeth before the edges of your teeth are lightly smoothed, if necessary. The clear brackets will then be strategically placed on each tooth. Once the brackets are in their correct position, we will use an ultra violet (UV) light to instantly harden the glue. This simple process does not cause any pain and secures the braces to your teeth. The final step involves threading the  metal wire through the braces and using tiny white bands to secure the wire to the braces(if needed).  The application process usually takes several hours to complete.

Aftercare

After your clear ceramic braces are placed, you may experience some discomfort while your teeth, gums, and lips adjust to the appliance in your mouth. Although pain and discomfort are normal, these symptoms should improve over time, and can be eased with wax that protects mouth from the metal brackets or over-the-counter pain reducers.

Although clear ceramic braces don't easily stain, the elastic bands that are placed over your braces can stain with the consumption of certain foods such as coffee, curry dishes, fruit juices, and more. Therefore, we recommend that patients do their best to avoid these foods in order to maintain the appearance of the braces. Brushing, flossing, and using a mouthwash after every meal will also ensure proper appearance and oral hygiene.

Clear Ceramic Braces FAQ

Will ceramic clear braces turn yellow?

No. Our ceramic braces are designed to be resistant to discoloration, ensuring they stay clear throughout the entire time you have braces. In some cases, the elastic bands used to attach the archwire to the brackets can become stained. However, these are easy to swap out.

Do clear ceramic braces work faster than metal braces and Invisalign?

While clear ceramic braces often take a bit longer than metal braces, many of our patients prefer them due to their much less noticeable appearance. Compared to Invisalign, however, clear ceramic braces work much more quickly.

Are clear ceramic braces painful?

Generally, our patients find clear ceramic braces to be mostly comfortable, especially compared to metal braces. The materials used are much less abrasive, making them significantly easier on your gums and cheeks. In most cases, our patients experience absolutely no pain after about 2 – 4 weeks.

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Our clear ceramic braces for our aesthetic conscious patients offer great comfort and results. If you would like to know more about our different options in clear orthodontic treatments (fixed or removable), please contact our Kentucky Orthodontics & Invisalign at your earliest convenience. We have locations in the following Kentucky cities: Lexington, Nicholasville, Georgetown, Richmond, Winchester, Mount Sterling, and Owingsville. Our talented Orthodontist, Dr. Douglas D. Durbin will be happy to sit down with you and discuss all your options in braces.

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