Translucent Cosmetic Braces

Translucent cosmetic braces provide all the same benefits as wire braces, but with a less obvious, lower profile appearance.

Are translucent cosmetic braces really clear?

In terms of functionality, translucent cosmetic braces are more or less the same as metal braces. The difference is that the brackets (and sometimes the wires) are made of 'tooth-coloured' ceramic instead of metal. They're not exactly transparent, but they blend in with the colour of your teeth in such a way that it looks like they are.

Tooth-colored ceramic brackets blend in with your teeth, and so they stand out far less than metal braces do, but they are not 'invisible' or see-through in the same sense as clear aligners or lingual braces.

Other Treatment Considerations

One potential downside to clear cosmetic braces is the fact that they're made of composite materials, which are somewhat weaker than metal.

They also actually have a larger profile than metal brackets. And since they can't be removed until treatment is finished, they involve all of the same issues as living with metal braces.

Because translucent braces aren't quite as strong as metal braces, they may require a longer treatment time. Your orthodontist will have to apply force more gradually, to avoid straining the strength capabilities of the brackets.

Translucent cosmetic braces are usually also more expensive than traditional metal braces. For this reason, some patients opt to have the ceramic braces applied only to the teeth that are most visible – usually the upper teeth, or even just the upper centre ones

Lastly, this style of braces presents a risk of tooth abrasion in cases where the incisal edges of the upper front teeth come into contact with the lower ceramic brackets.

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