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Clear Braces in Newton, MA

The Dental Office at Chestnut Hill Provides Clear Braces

Do you need braces but dread the appearance of metal braces? Nowadays, metal braces aren’t your sole option for aligning your teeth. You have plenty of much more discreet, natural-looking options. The Dental Office at Chestnut Hill is proud to offer clear braces to our patients in Newton, MA and beyond. We understand visible braces can hamper your self-esteem, and we’re here to help you get correctly aligned teeth without the hassle of metal braces. Never heard of clear braces? You’re not alone! Learn more about these innovative orthodontic solutions.

What Are Clear Braces?

Clear braces are removable clear aligner trays that easily slip over your teeth. Like conventional braces, you’ll wear these throughout the day. But unlike metal braces, you’ll be able to take them off for brushing your teeth and eating. Clear braces are much more discreet than traditional braces, and most of your friends and family won’t even notice you’re wearing them. At The Dental Office at Chestnut Hill, we often recommend this option for those with crowded or crooked teeth, significant gaps between teeth, or a misaligned bite.

Understanding How Clear Braces Work

Clear braces work much the same as regular metal braces. The series of clear aligners applies slight pressure to the teeth, resulting in movement in the direction of the pressure. As the tooth moves through the mouth to the appropriate position, the pressure lessens. Once the pressure has subsided, you’ll need to replace your clear braces with a new set of aligners designed to finish the desired movement of the teeth. At the end of this process, many patients come away with the straight, bright smile they’ve always wanted.

Don’t Confuse Clear Braces and Invisalign®

Clear braces are often confused with Invisalign®. While they certainly have several similarities, they aren’t interchangeable. Both methods are used to properly align teeth while remaining hard to detect. Clear braces still use brackets that don’t quite blend in with the rest of your teeth. Invisalign® tends to be more transparent in this regard. However, clear braces are typically less hassle with fewer adjustments. For most patients, clear braces only need adjusting every three or four weeks, while you’ll need new Invisalign® trays every two weeks. Perhaps the most important distinction from Invisalign®, clear braces are effective for a wider range of conditions. More extensive problems aren’t usually helped by Invisalign®. Some of the conditions best treated with clear braces include:

  • Crossbite
  • Malocclusions
  • Severely crooked teeth

How Are Clear Braces Different from Metal Braces

The obvious difference between metal and clear braces is the color. Metal braces are very noticeable whenever you open your mouth. While clear braces aren’t entirely invisible, they’re certainly less apparent than traditional varieties. Besides this, metal and clear braces have a few more differences you’ll need to account for when making your decision at The Dental Office at Chestnut Hill. Metal braces tend to be more durable, so if you play sports, these might be your best option. Clear braces also have the potential to stain your teeth, especially when paired with coffee, soda, or tea. At the end of the day, you and your Newton, MA dentist will need to decide if the aesthetic value of clear braces outweighs the increased durability of metal.

Consider the Clear Braces Cost Before Making a Decision

While clear braces tend to be more expensive than traditional metal braces, many patients find the clear braces cost worth it. This orthodontic technique typically costs a maximum of $8,500, though the specific rate may be lower or higher depending on your dentist’s office. Metal braces come in slightly cheaper, at a top cost of about $7,350. Many insurance policies are beginning to cover clear braces, but it’s always best to call and check with your provider before committing to the cost. Our expert team in family dentistry can help you navigate the tedious insurance process.

Set Up an Appointment with Our Helpful Team

Whether you’re an adult looking into braces or a parent choosing the best orthodontic treatment for your child, The Dental Office at Chestnut Hill is here for you. We understand no one gets excited about the prospect of braces, but we strive to make the process a little easier with clear braces. Many patients report lessened self-esteem and confidence in their appearance when wearing metal braces, so we provide an alternative. Although clear braces aren’t right for everyone and every condition, please talk with our team about your situation. You may find clear braces are the perfect choice for you! Contact us today to set up an appointment with our friendly dentists.

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