What are Clear Braces?
Clear braces serve the exact same function as traditional braces. The main difference lies in the fact that while metal braces can be highly visible, ceramic braces are designed specifically to reduce visibility and blend in with the teeth. However, due to the use of transparent ceramic rather than metal, these braces can require additional care in order to keep them in the best condition. Residents of West Bridgewater, MA can rest easy knowing that the orthodontists at West Bridgewater Dental are experts in applying clear braces to realign teeth and improve smiles.
"Highly recommend. I've been a patient of Dr. Richard Harrison for 25 years. The practice has recently grown to include several new dentists as Dr. Harrison has reduced his hours and heads towards retirement. Everyone I have seen (dentists/hygienists) has been excellent. The practice is immaculate."- S.D. / Google / Nov 23, 2019
"Great dental Care very courteous and professional staff"- P.B. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"I love this dentist office, and I’ve been going here for most of my life! They are always so kind, friendly, and helpful. I’ve had a great experience with Dr. Harrison and Dr. Harelick! The whole hygienist staff is wonderful too."- K.H. / Google / Sep 13, 2019
"After my long time dentist retired, I had reservations about finding a new dentist. I didn't want to have any unnecessary work -which would have been costly, time consuming and also unpleasant! I've been going to this practice now for several years and have not had any problems. They are doing a great job keeping my teeth in good shape. Appointments are on schedule, the cleanings are good and they take my insurance. I also like the setting: the building and waiting rooms are nice, and the view of the birdhouses from the patients chair is pleasant."- M.W. / Google / Sep 12, 2019
"My family and I have been patients of West Bridgewater Dental for many years. Back some many years ago I needed to be seen on a Saturday (severe tooth pain on a Friday night) and West Bridgewater made room for me. They care about their patients and Dr. Harrison always took the time to say Hi, shake your hand and tell a corny story or two. Always feel safe with West Bridgewater Dental. Looking forward to working with the newest members of their family. Sincerely- Sandy Auld"- S.A. / Google / Aug 28, 2019
Am I an Ideal Candidate for Clear Braces?
The almost imperceptibility of clear braces makes them perfect for older teenagers or adults who associate braces with younger children. Additionally, these ceramic braces require a level of responsibility and care that metal braces do not. For this reason, we typically recommend clear braces only to patients who are old enough to understand the accountability necessary to take care of them. If not cleaned sufficiently, ceramic braces can become yellow or discolored. When this happens, the braces will often have to be replaced, which can prolong the amount of time they are required to be worn.
If this is a responsibility the patient feels comfortable taking on, clear braces could be a terrific option if they have:
- Open bite
How do Clear Braces Work?
Before any work can begin on the braces, our team must ensure your teeth are clean. After this cleaning, the braces will be individually bonded to each tooth before being set in place by UV light. The final step in the process is weaving the wire through the braces in order to create the tension, which pushes the teeth into place. The entire procedure will usually take around 1 – 2 hours to complete.
There may be some discomfort in the initial few days after the braces are applied. Once the mouth and gums adjust to the new braces and wires, the pain will subside and should soon feel normal.
What Happens After Clear Braces are Removed?
Monthly appointments with our team will be necessary in order to check on the condition of the teeth and braces. Once we have determined the braces are ready to be removed, patients will usually receive a retainer. Depending on their lifestyle and preferences, this retainer can be in the form of a removable mouth guard or a permanent fixture attached to the back of the teeth. This will prohibit the teeth from gradually moving back into their original position. In order to keep the teeth in optimal condition, it is also important to continually maintain proper dental hygiene after the braces are removed.
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Take Pride in Your Smile
Don't let your smile keep you down. Clear braces can straighten your teeth without advertising your braces to the rest of the world. Schedule a consultation today to discuss the pros and cons of ceramic braces before making a decision. Our team can walk you through each and every step of the process, as well as answer any of your concerns.