The Best Of Both Worlds: Clear Braces

If you want a more beautiful and functional smile, you have several options to consider. There are great aspects about both clear aligners and traditional metal braces, as well as drawbacks to both choices. Traditional braces offer the following perks:

  • Sure Results: You can’t remove traditional metal braces yourself, so you are guaranteed the results you are paying for. Your treatment cannot be slowed when you get busy and forget to wear your aligners.
  • Always With You: Losing removable braces is always a concern. When you have braces that cannot be taken in and out, you won’t have to constantly worry about misplacing your aligners that are difficult to detect.
  • Effective for Every Problem: There are some orthodontic cases that cannot be remedied by aligners, but traditional metal braces can fix more stubborn or severe problems than other orthodontic methods.

At the same time, there is a huge advantage that comes with clear aligners. With clear aligners, you experience only a minimal change in your appearance. Metal braces, on the other hand, are much more noticeable to everyone around you.

Fortunately, Dr. Dan provides clear braces so that you can enjoy the benefits of both metal braces and clear aligners. Our clear American orthodontics brackets will stay in your mouth at all times so you don’t have to worry about remembering to wear them. These clear braces are subtle and won’t make a large impact on your appearance while you wear them. Others will hardly notice that you’re wearing orthodontics.


Clear or ceramic braces are a great alternative to those seeking orthodontic care. Clear braces bring together the time tested technology of braces and the cosmetic appeal of clear aligners. As opposed to traditional metal braces, clear braces do not have the typical metallic look, and instead have a color that mimics that of the teeth.


Getting clear braces is very similar to the process of getting traditional metal braces. For patients who get clear braces they will have these ceramic braces installed to your teeth. Securing ceramic braces to your teeth will start with completing a deep clean of your teeth and then drying them after.

Once dry, your orthodontist, or in this case, Dr. Dan, will apply a bonding agent onto the teeth which will hold the ceramic braces brackets. After the bonding agent is applied, Dr. Dan will go ahead and install wires to the brackets. These wires once added will be tightened, to begin the straightening process.

Patients are to return every few weeks to continue tightening the clear braces in addition to allowing Dr. Dan and the team to monitor the progress of the teeth.


Clear braces are just one great orthodontic option among many. The right orthodontic treatment choice is different for everyone, depending on their lifestyle, goals and budget. Some considerations that potential patients should think about is that ceramic braces are more brittle and can break when eating foods that are too hard. This creates more food restrictions that patients need to be aware of.

In addition, because clear braces are not as common as traditional metal braces, the investment for clear braces isn’t always as price effective than metal braces. However, many patients feel that the improved cosmetic appearance is worth it!

To learn your braces options set up an appointment with Dr. Dan and he can learn more about your individual needs and your unique teeth, so that he can provide you with informed treatment suggestions. We can’t wait to give you the straight, beautiful smile that you’ve always wanted. You can contact our McKinney, Texas office here or call us at 972-547-4443 to schedule an appointment.