Pros and Cons of Clear Braces

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In earlier decades, orthodontic braces were ugly and uncomfortable, with large metal brackets and heavy wire. Over the years, however, the technology has advanced considerably, and orthodontists have also learned more about how people react to braces. Most orthodontists, including the ones we work with at Smile Cove Pediatric Dental, now offer clear braces as well as metal ones. The brackets of clear braces are made of a translucent plastic, or of porcelain that closely matches the color of your tooth enamel to create a more subtle appearance. If you are trying to decide between clear braces and metal ones, we encourage you to keep reading to learn some of the key pros and cons.

Pros and Cons of Clear Braces


  • Less Visible – Many people choose clear braces because they don’t like the look of traditional braces. Clear braces are obviously less noticeable, which makes them a better option for anyone who can’t stand visible braces for whatever reason. Many adults choose invisible braces because they associate the standard variety with children, and they think standard braces will make them look immature.
  • Comfort – Another benefit of invisible braces is that they tend to be more comfortable than metal ones. The material is less harsh on the lips and cheeks, which makes it better for long-term wear.


  • Cost – A drawback of clear braces is their higher price compared to traditional braces. This is a key factor to consider when planning for your (or your child’s) orthodontic care.
  • Larger Brackets – Another potential drawback of clear braces is that the brackets are generally larger than metal ones, which can make it harder to clean your teeth around the brackets. Over time, the difficulty in cleaning your teeth can cause your gums to swell or recede.

Dietrich & Kelso Orthodontics provides orthodontic treatment and services for patients of Smile Cove and also accepts patients looking for orthodontic treatment only from any other dental office. Please visit the Dietrich & Kelso Orthodontics website for more information or give us a call at 727-789-4450.