Clear Braces Specialist

Clear Braces Specialist

Clear Braces services offered in MARTINEZ, CA

Clear braces are a subtle alternative to traditional orthodontic appliances that can enhance your smile. At Harper Orthodontics in Martinez, California, board-certified orthodontist Stephen Harper, DDS, offers Damon™ clear self-ligating braces to correct orthodontic concerns quickly and discreetly. Call Harper Orthodontics today or schedule an appointment online to learn more about clear braces.

What are clear braces?

Made with tooth-colored materials, clear braces match the natural shade of your teeth. Clear braces offer a discreet alternative to traditional metal braces, which are visibly apparent when you smile. 

Traditional and clear braces function the same way. The brackets fit onto your teeth, while an archwire stabilizes them. Depending on the type of braces you choose, elastic ties or a self-ligating system help pull the teeth into a straighter position. 

What are the different types of clear braces?

Clear braces are a popular option for adolescents, teens, and adults. At Harper Orthodontics, Dr. Harper offers:

Ceramic braces

Ceramic braces use tooth-colored brackets and archwires to straighten misaligned teeth and improve bite problems. Like traditional metal braces, ceramic braces apply gradual force to shift your teeth into alignment. 

Tooth-colored materials allow ceramic braces to blend in with your teeth. They won’t be as noticeable as metal braces when you smile or speak. There are many pros and cons to ceramic braces. While they are more discreet, they also use larger brackets and are more likely to stain than traditional braces.

Damon™ Clear braces

Damon braces use a self-ligating system to move your teeth into the correct position. As a result, they require fewer tightening appointments than traditional and ceramic braces. Damon clear braces are also available in ceramic and transparent materials. With no metal clips or elastic ties, Damon braces are less visible than traditional ceramic braces.

Clear braces are an effective option for individuals with moderate to severe orthodontic concerns, such as an overbite or underbite, and aren’t candidates for clear aligners.

Do I have options other than clear braces?

For individuals with mild to moderate orthodontic issues, such as crooked teeth, Dr. Harper offers Invisalign® clear aligners. BPA-free plastic materials and Invisalign’s proprietary SmartTrack™ technology allow these removable clear aligners to straighten your teeth discreetly. 

Dr. Harper’s iTero® scanner creates detailed digital impressions of your teeth that are used to create your custom-made aligners. Invisalign materials are ultra-thin, transparent, and mold to the shape of your teeth for an orthodontic option that’s as effective as it is invisible.

To learn more about clear braces, call Harper Orthodontics today or schedule an appointment online.