This treatment option is far less noticeable than standard metal braces but still produces the same results. These tooth-coloured, almost invisible brackets were created with the same tried and tested technology as traditional braces.
Coloured or clear elastic loops (o-rings) are used to hold the wires to the brackets. These o-rings are used to produce some of the force to move your teeth.
Here at AAA Orthodontics, in Strathpine and Albany Creek Brisbane, you can choose to have clear brackets on your upper front teeth for no additional charge.
The benefits of clear braces
Clear braces are generally preferred for their cosmetic benefits, as well as:
- No metal brackets means there is much less staining of the teeth
- They are just as strong as traditional metal braces
- Since they are less obvious, patients will not feel as rushed to complete the treatment
- Many of our patients find them more comfortable than traditional metal braces
How to take care of your braces
Taking care of your clear braces is the same as taking care of traditional braces.
This includes brushing and rinsing your teeth correctly, after every meal. Taking particular care of each individual tooth is needed.
Be prepared, taking care of your teeth when you’re undergoing orthodontic treatment will be more difficult.
When you brush, ensure all food particles are removed to minimise your risk of decay. Your braces will have little spaces to trap food. This food has the potential to wreak havoc in your mouth and cause numerous dental problems.
Cleaning your braces daily may seem tedious, but the extra responsibility you or your child must undergo will have long-lasting effects.
For further information on our clear braces please peruse our FAQs below.
Can you chew gum with braces?
The braces applied by Dr Peter McMahon consist of more durable brackets and wires, which reduce the risk of chewing gum damage. We can now be more flexible in permitting our patients to chew gum. As long its only sugar-free gum.
Other chewing gum contains high amounts of sugar and puts patients at risk of a build-up of plaque around their brackets. Also, regular gum can stick to your braces, which makes it almost impossible to remove.
Research has shown the chewing motion associated with gum can stimulate bone growth surrounding the teeth, which can be quite beneficial.
Today’s modern braces are more flexible and smaller than years past, and should interfere less with patient’s busy schedules. If you have any questions, big or small, contact AAA Orthodontics today.
Does getting braces put on hurt?
It usually takes around one to two hours for Dr Peter McMahon to apply braces. The process may seem daunting, but you don’t need to worry about pain.
Firstly, your teeth will be cleaned and Dr Peter McMahon will apply dental glue to secure the brackets. He will then thread wires through the brackets and apply the o-rings, the colour of your choice.
There will be no pain during, but your teeth gums and jaw may feel a little tender afterwards. This discomfort can last up to a week but is easily managed by over the counter pain medication (if no allergy exists).
Dr McMahon has put together some tips to reduce the discomfort after you get your clear braces on.
1. Try eating only soft foods for the first few days. You can try things like mashed potato, pasta, yoghurt, and ice cream.
2. Over the counter pain relief will reduce the discomfort. Dr Peter McMahon will advise you on the best pain medication to take.
3. You will be given orthodontic wax to reduce the rubbing and ulcers you may experience. The wax is designed to be a smooth barrier between your brackets and wires and the soft tissue of your mouth.
4. If you do develop mouth sores, relive the irritation by swishing some salt water around your mouth. Mix a cup of water with half a teaspoon of salt.
Do clear braces stain?
The short answer is yes, that is, if patients don’t look after their transparent brackets. If you want your perfectly straightened teeth to be bright, white and with no blemishes after orthodontic treatment; you need to take care of your braces.
After each meal, patients should brush their teeth. By making this a priority, you ensure the food colour and flavours are washed off leaving the mouth clean. Even though your brackets are almost invisible, they can discolour with a build-up of plaque.
Mouthwash can help remove tiny food particles left behind that your toothbrush might have missed. Flossing after meals is also recommended to make sure you minimise your risk of staining. Dr Peter McMahon can recommend a safe mouthwash for patients to use.
It’s advisable to limit or stop consuming some foods such as soft drinks and coffee as the chemicals can cause a reaction. Also, smoking can ruin the colour of your braces. These stains can be permanent and you may need to change your o-rings more frequently and have your teeth professionally cleaned when treatment finishes.
By taking care of your braces, you are also taking care of your health.
If you would like to start achieving a smile you can be confident about, or if you would like to learn more about cosmetic braces, please do not hesitate to contact the team at AAA Orthodontics in Strathpine and Albany Creek.