Every day we are treating more adult patients – a trend that we love because it is never too late to get the smile you deserve. But we know that our adult patients may not want to draw attention to their orthodontic treatment so they are looking for more discreet treatment options.
At Westwalk Orthodontic Group, we offer clear ceramic braces and clear aligners at both our Norwalk and Westport offices.
Orthodontic treatment is for everyone, not just adolescents and teens!
There are some adults who never received orthodontic treatment during their childhood who now want to explore how they can correct crowding or spacing issues. For other adults, they may have received treatment, but weren’t the best at wearing their retainer and now have a smile that has shifted. Whatever the reason you’ve chosen orthodontic treatment, our goal is the same – to make sure you receive exceptional treatment that ends in an incredible result.
We know that because many of our patients now are adults, more cosmetically pleasing treatment options are important. Our clear ceramic braces are an excellent choice, not just for our adult patients, but patients of all ages.
How have technological advances improved braces?
Technological advances have made braces smaller and more efficient than ever before. With ceramic braces, the material is much less brittle than previous ceramic braces, leading to less breakage than before. Additionally, the ceramic is even more aesthetic, allowing it to blend in much better with a patient’s natural tooth color.
Are clear braces really as effective as metal braces?
Yes! The technology has advanced so much, and today’s clear braces can work just as efficiently and effectively as metal braces.
The braces may be clear, but won’t the wires still be visible?
No – in our Norwalk and Westport offices, we use white wires for all patients who opt for clear braces. This results in an even more discreet look. While there are currently no clear wires, we hope this may be a development in the near future.
Why do some patients have clear braces on their top teeth and metal braces on their bottom teeth?
This is sometimes done to protect the patient’s smile. The ceramic material the brackets are made out of is harder than that of your teeth’s enamel. In patients who have bites that result in the upper teeth coming into contact with the lower braces, there can be erosion of the enamel on the upper tooth. In order to avoid this, we place the ceramic braces on the upper teeth so that patients can enjoy the discreteness of them, and metal braces on the less-visible lower teeth.
What are the benefits to clear braces?
The most obvious benefit to clear braces is the discrete nature in which you can straighten your smile. We know that sometimes our patients don’t want to draw even more attention to themselves while in treatment, and our ceramic braces can help you get the smile you deserve without any unwanted attention.
But more than that, you’ll be set up for a lifetime of improved dental health. Abnormal bites and misaligned teeth can create a host of problems that can have you in and out of your dentist’s office far too frequently. A straighter smile is a healthier smile because it is easier to keep clean. Likewise, a properly aligned bite can ensure an even amount of pressure is placed, preventing chips, breakage, and jaw pain. A proper bite can also slow the process of bone or gum loss in patients who may have underlying periodontal issues.
One of our favorite benefits of orthodontic treatment is the increased confidence we see our patients infused with when their braces are removed. Our patients are proud to show off their smiles and greet the world much more confidently than ever before.