Blend in With
Clear Braces

Ceramic brackets are a less obvious way to straighten your smile when paired with clear or white elastic ties.

Ceramic braces are perfect if you want an esthetic treatment option but don't want the extra hassle of removable aligners and the responsibility of wear time with clear aligner systems like Invisalign®.

Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces

Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they're made from a different, more fragile material that is more likely to chip or crack.

Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.

If you need more drastic corrections, metal braces could be a better option. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take a little more time to align your teeth.

Having said that, both types of braces work the same way and tend to be equally as effective in most cases.

You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn’t been a problem for several years. Ceramic brackets won’t stain. But, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in can stain.

This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time. You can choose to avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining. This is not typically necessary since we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.

As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.

Advantages of Clear Braces

Clear braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces and Dr. Rhoads will help you determine whether they are the right treatment for you.

  • Looks: Ceramic braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces offer an aesthetic alternative for patients seeking options other than traditional metal braces.
  • Confidence: If you choose ceramic braces, you may feel more confident about your treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on your smile rather than your braces.

Self-Ligating Braces

Dr. Rhoads' self-ligating braces system offers ceramic brackets to give the fastest treatment with a subtle look.

This state-of-the-art system uses brackets with spring-loaded doors holding the wire. You also won’t have to tighten your braces, making them virtually painless.

The self-ligating braces at Rhoads Orthodontic Specialist work more efficiently than traditional braces, meaning they work faster.

They also make it easier to keep your teeth clean and healthy. As a bonus, you don’t have to worry about any part of your braces staining without elastics and ties.

A Quick Path to a Beautiful Smile

With our self-ligating braces you get:

  • Faster results
  • Nearly-invisible treatment
  • Shorter appointments
  • Fewer office visits
  • Greater comfort
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Talk to Us About Clear Braces

Dr. Rhoads can customize a treatment plan just for you. Find out how you can get a beautiful new smile at your free consultation.