To give you an idea of what different brands of clear braces look like, below are some photos of some commonly used clear braces from some of the largest orthodontic supply companies. Besides having slightly different chemical compositions, clear braces differ in size, with some types of brackets being slightly bulkier than others. The shade of the clear braces also differs with some braces looking crystal clear, and others having a pearl-white tint.
Clarity Braces - by 3M Unitek
Inspire Ice Braces - by Ormco
Invu Braces - by TP Orthodontics
Luxi Braces - by Rocky Mountain Orthodontics
Mystique Braces - by GAC International
Pure Braces - by Ortho Technology
Radiance Braces - by American Orthodontics
It is easy to get caught up in wanting the best looking clear braces from photos, but from a distance, clear braces pretty much look the same, with only minor variations. After all, the main criteria is that they work, right? One noticeable difference may be that clear brackets with metal slots are slightly more noticeable than completely clear brackets.
Despite getting clear braces, your orthodontist will still need to use a metal wire to connect your braces together to straighten your teeth. Some wires are coated with a tooth-colored paint that is less noticeable. However, sometimes the paint chips off and you can still see the metal underneath. There are other wires that look like the color of brushed nickel and may be less noticeable than the traditional archwire. If you are truly interested in ultimate esthetics while wearing braces, you can ask your orthodontist if he or she uses any cosmetic wires with clear braces.
It is important to note that most orthodontists usually only order their braces from one or two orthodontic supply companies. So if you really have your heart set on a particular set of clear braces, you may find that the orthodontist you are considering does not use that particular type of bracket. However, he or she will likely offer you another brand of clear braces.
Dr. Yang is a Preferred Invisalign Provider and Board Certified Orthodontist practicing in Redwood City, CA. Read more about Dr. Yang or visit his orthodontic practice online at www.OrthodontistRWC.com.