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Clear Braces

Orthodontist located in Fairfax, VA
Clear Braces

Clear Braces services offered in Fairfax, VA


Clear braces are a great way to improve your smile without the metallic look of metal braces. They are one of many options available from Kristin Nelson, DDS, MDS, of Metropolitan Orthodontics in Fairfax, Virginia. Schedule a consultation online or by phone today to learn more about clear braces and other orthodontic options. 

Clear Braces Q&A

What are clear braces?

Clear braces are an alternative to traditional metal braces and a good fit for people who want to straighten their smile without the bright metallic look of metal brackets. They use clear ceramic brackets tied together with a metal wire. 

Metropolitan Orthodontics offers 3M™ Clarity™ ceramic braces, an innovative option that uses top quality materials to achieve virtually invisible brackets. The Clarity brackets are crafted using a fine grade ceramic material. Additional options include DAMON™ Smile braces and Radiance Plus® braces.

The brackets are low-profile, meaning they don’t extend far from the surface of your teeth. The translucent finish allows them to blend in with the color of your natural teeth. 

What are some benefits of clear braces?

Many people choose clear braces because of the ability to complete treatment without the look of shining metal braces. Adults enjoy the ability to go through professional and social obligations with a less visible orthodontic treatment. Teens like that their braces blend in well with their natural teeth. 

The brackets used in clear braces have slightly rounded corners, which means no scraping or scratching your tongue and other soft tissues. When the time comes to take off your clear braces, the debonding process is fast and easy. A simple squeeze is all it takes to remove clear brackets. 

How long does it take to complete treatment with clear braces?

This is a simple question with a frustratingly complex answer. Everyone’s treatment time is different and depends on several factors. 

The complexity of your alignment needs is an important factor. Correcting a simple overbite takes less time than working with several alignment issues like twisted or crowded teeth. 

Your ability to comply with your treatment plan is also a factor that guides your treatment timeline. Coming in for routinely scheduled visits is important because having your treatment wire changed creates the force needed to shift your teeth into enhanced positioning. 

If you encounter issues like a broken treatment wire, lost bracket, or other problems, call Metropolitan Orthodontics right away to determine if you need to come in before your next scheduled visit for a repair. 

If you have additional questions about clear braces or other orthodontic options, call Metropolitan Orthodontics today to schedule a consultation. Online booking is also available and takes just moments to complete. 

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