Clear braces: What are the benefits?

Clear braces, also known as ceramic braces, have been around since the 80s. They were designed as an answer for people who wanted less visible braces. In the beginning, they were not very sturdy and they stained easily. Technology has come a long way since then. If it has been decided that you could benefit from braces, there are several reasons you should consider going with ceramic ones.


If you need dental realignment, ceramic braces are a comfortable option. The brackets are smaller and also more rounded, causing your mouth less irritation. Gums, in particular, seem less affected by ceramic braces than they do by metal ones.


One of the biggest reasons people choose ceramic over metal braces is that they are much less noticeable. Both types of braces have the same shape, but ceramic braces use brackets that are much smaller and can even seem invisible. This is great for people who do not want to look back at photos of themselves with a mouth full of metal.


If you are a younger patient looking to add some color to your mouth, know that colored bands can still be used on the brackets of ceramic braces. This can be especially fun around the holidays and can take something that may be stressful and make it a bit more fun.

Tooth enamel

Patients who go with ceramic braces benefit from the fact that they do not de-mineralize the tooth’s enamel. Technology has advanced to the point that the bonding agent used is very strong without damaging the natural enamel on your teeth. This means when the braces come off, your natural smile will be ready to shine!

Faster than Invisalign®

You may be wondering why people do not go with Invisalign® if they are so concerned about their braces being noticeable. The biggest reason is that ceramic braces work faster. Unlike with Invisalign®, you do not have the option of removing your ceramic braces whenever you want, meaning they are working on your teeth around the clock.

Talk to our orthodontists at Petty & Bielik Orthodontics in Oak Lawn to learn more information about ceramic braces. Contact us today to book a free orthodontic consultation appointment!