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Clear Braces

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What are Clear Braces?

Clear braces or ceramic braces, known for their clear or tooth-matching colours, offer a discreet solution for aligning teeth, making them highly appealing for adults seeking orthodontic treatment without the self-consciousness often associated with traditional braces. They are frequently described as clear, aesthetic, or tooth-coloured braces.

While they match the effectiveness of metal braces, ceramic braces are slightly more fragile, a difference that typically has minimal impact. Concerns about staining are common among patients; however, we reassure them that ceramic braces themselves do not stain. The clear rubber rings that secure the wire to the braces might discolour when exposed to certain foods, but these are replaced during each visit to the Orthodontist, ensuring the braces remain as inconspicuous as intended. This blend of durability and aesthetic appeal makes ceramic braces a favoured choice for those prioritizing both effectiveness and appearance in their orthodontic treatment

How do Clear Braces work?

Clear braces, made from ceramic or plastic, blend with teeth, offering a discreet alternative to metal braces. They apply gentle pressure through connected wires to shift teeth into place. Regular adjustments are crucial for progress. Their less visible nature makes them appealing to those concerned about aesthetics. Maintaining oral hygiene is essential to prevent staining. Treatment duration mirrors that of traditional braces, providing an effective, subtler option for straightening teeth.

How much do Clear Braces cost?

At our practice, the cost of clear braces aligns closely with that of traditional braces, being slightly more expensive. For an accurate estimate tailored to your specific situation, we highly encourage booking a personalised consultation, with our team.

Understanding the financial commitment to orthodontic care, we are committed to making treatment as accessible as possible. To this end, we offer a variety of flexible payment plans designed to fit your budget. Additionally, patients can take advantage of a 5% discount for payments made in full upfront. You may also be eligible to claim 20% back on your investment through the Med 2 form, further supporting the affordability of your journey to a healthier smile

Specialist orthodontist, Dr. Joseph O'Connor

The Process

Initial Consultation

This appointment is to discuss your goals with one of our specialist orthodontists. It may also involve your dental and medical history, a physical examination of your teeth and jaw, X-rays, and possibly impressions of your teeth to create models.

Treatment Planning

The orthodontist will review the X-rays, photos, and examination results to devise a specific plan for moving your teeth into the correct position. This plan will include the estimated length of treatment, cost of treatment and any preparatory work needed.


This might involve dental cleaning, addressing any existing dental issues like cavities, and possibly extracting teeth to create space for adjustments. Once these issues have been addressed, it's time to move onto the next phase!

Braces Fitting

During this appointment, Dr O'Connor places the metal or ceramic brackets onto your teeth. These brackets are glued on carefully, in such a way that they are stable but can also be removed easily at the end of your treatment.

Regular Adjustments & Monitoring

You will have regular appointments (usually every 8-10) for progress checks. During these visits, the orthodontist will check the fit of your aligners and may advise that a new set of aligners are ordered.

Removing Braces

The attachments and wires are carefully removed, and any adhesive is cleaned off your teeth. This is usually a quick and painless process.

Aftercare & Retention

To keep your teeth in their new position after the braces are removed, most patients will need to wear a retainer full time for a period following the removal of braces, transitioning to night-time wear to ensure teeth do not shift back to their original positions. Read more here.

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Are clear braces effective?

Clear braces are highly effective for treating various orthodontic issues, functioning similarly to traditional metal braces but with less visibility due to clear or tooth-coloured materials.

Do clear braces take longer?

The treatment duration with clear braces is typically similar to traditional metal braces, depending on the individual's orthodontic needs and case complexity.

Do clear braces cost more?

Clear braces may cost slightly more than traditional metal braces due to advanced materials used for their less visible appearance, though costs can vary.

Do clear braces turn yellow?

Clear braces' brackets don't typically yellow, but the adhesive or elastic bands might stain from certain foods, drinks, or smoking. Regular cleaning can minimize staining.

What are the disadvantages of clear braces?

Disadvantages include potential for staining, slightly higher costs, and possible unsuitability for extremely complex cases, with individual suitability and concerns addressed during consultation.

Why would you not get clear braces?

Reasons might include budget constraints, preference for another orthodontic solution like Invisalign, or specific dental conditions requiring traditional approaches.

Do clear braces need bands?

Clear braces may require elastic bands for adjustments, often clear or tooth-coloured to maintain discreet appearance.

Which braces work the fastest?

Speed varies by case; some options like Invisalign or shorter-duration braces might offer quicker results for certain cases, but effectiveness depends on complexity.

Do clear braces hurt less?

Discomfort level is generally similar to traditional braces, typically mild and manageable, with patients adapting after initial placement and adjustments.

Should I get Invisalign or clear braces?

Decision depends on individual orthodontic needs, lifestyle considerations, and personal preferences, with both options offering unique advantages.

Which is faster, clear braces or Invisalign?

Speed of treatment varies between clear braces and Invisalign, dependent on the specific orthodontic issue. In some cases, one may offer quicker solutions than the other.

Are clear braces more painful?

Clear braces are not typically more painful than metal braces, with any discomfort experienced usually mild and temporary.

Why do my teeth look so long after braces?

Teeth might appear longer post-braces due to new alignment, absence of brackets, and possible slight gum recession during treatment, usually a normal and minor change.

How do clear braces look?

Clear braces are designed to be less noticeable, using clear or tooth-coloured brackets to blend in with the natural tooth colour.

How long do clear braces last?

Clear braces are durable and designed to last through the entire treatment period, typically 18 months to 3 years, similar to metal braces' lifespan.

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Read what our patients say about us

"Two of my daughters had braces fitted by the lovely Dr. Katherine Condren. I would highly recommend her services, she was so good with my daughters, we are extremely happy with the service received and they both have beautiful smiles now."

February 22, 2024

"Dr Joseph O’Connor is such a skilled orthodontist. His kindness and attention to detail is outstanding. He takes the time to explain everything and makes you feel very comfortable. Could not recommend him more."

March 6, 2024

"Joseph is a kind, compassionate and skilled orthodontist. He has a beautiful patient manner and his attention to detail is second to none. Highly recommend."

March 3, 2024

"I had a great experience with Dr O’Connor and his team. Booking was simple and they were very friendly & efficient throughout. Would highly recommended."

January 16, 2024

"Amazing service, highly professional. Dr O'Connor was really kind and knowledgeable. Would highly recommend!"

January 30, 2024

"Extremely happy with the outcome after braces, great attention to detail! Highly recommend."

March 4, 2024

"Dr O'Connor is a brilliant orthodontist, the consultation was thorough and he's easy to talk to."

Laura Anne
March 4, 2024

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Discuss your goals with one of our specialist orthodontists to find out what treatment option suits you best. We offer free consultations both in person and online.

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