Clear Braces vs. Metal Braces.

Our patient's ask if there is a difference between metal and clear braces. The short answer is no. Ultimately, braces are a handle to the tooth. This handle just like a door handle, allows us to move an object where they need be. Clear braces are an esthetic option that is less noticeable than the metal counterpart. However, the wire that engages in the brackets is metal and can be visible. A major advantage of clear brackets for our patients are that we can remove the wire for a short period of time while they get pictures for weddings, graduation or other events that they want it less noticeable.

DIY Orthodontics. Does it work?

There has been a recent phenomena with DIY braces and clear aligners through home kits. We as orthodontist go through a lot of schooling to be trained to diagnose and treat all orthodontic problems - 4 years of undergrad, 4 years of dental school and 3 years of specialization in orthodontics to be exact. Orthodontic home kits are done by technicians in other states. If issues arise you may not contact the tech and must go through customer service. There is definitely a difference in treatment when a properly trained orthodontist is in charge of your treatment plan and is able to see your progress in person. Ultimately, orthodontics moves your teeth which creates a biological response in your

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Sunnyvale, TX 75182


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