Clear braces in Kent and Maple Valley

How Are Clear Braces Different From Traditional Braces?

In most ways, clear braces are very similar to traditional braces. The big difference is that they use clear ceramic brackets instead of metal brackets. Along with transparent or tooth-colored elastic bands and a tooth-colored archwire, this makes them blend in with your existing teeth a lot better.

While they're not completely invisible, clear braces won’t affect your appearance as much as traditional braces. If you’re worried about how braces may make your teeth look, clear braces from Dr. Robert Haeger at Haeger Orthodontics may be a good option for you!

The Benefits Of Clear Braces

The most obvious benefit of clear braces is that they're more subtle, and it’s less obvious that you’re wearing braces. Your braces will match your teeth perfectly, and blend in with your natural smile.

Another benefit is that clear braces are just as powerful and versatile as traditional braces. Some other braces alternatives like Invisalign may not be an option if you have more severe orthodontic issues. But clear braces are almost always a good alternative to traditional metal braces.

What To Expect When Getting Clear Braces

Planning your orthodontic treatment

To begin the process, you’ll come into Haeger Orthodontics for a comprehensive orthodontic consultation with Dr. Haeger. He will examine your teeth, take x-rays, and begin planning your orthodontic treatment.

Applying your clear braces

It will usually take about 2-3 weeks for Dr. Haeger to finish planning your treatment. You’ll come back to our office in Kent or Maple Valley, and Dr. Haeger will apply your braces to your teeth. Then, he will make the first of many adjustments to move your teeth into the proper position.

Continued adjustments and treatment

Once your braces are in place, you’ll come back to our Washington orthodontists for an adjustment about every 4-6 weeks. You’ll continue coming to our office for adjustments and follow-ups until you've got a straight, picture-perfect smile!

Who Is A Candidate For Clear Braces?

Clear braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces. Typically, Dr. Haeger will recommend clear braces if you have orthodontic issues that are too extensive to treat with Invisalign.

For example, if you have more severe overbite or underbite, or very crowded and crooked teeth, clear braces may be a good option for you. Clear braces are just as versatile as metal braces, and allow you to get the smile you've always wanted without as much of an effect on your appearance.

Not sure if they're right for you? The best way to find out if clear braces are right for you is to schedule a consultation at Haeger Orthodontics. Contact us online to get started. At your orthodontic appointment, Dr. Haeger can examine your mouth, assess your oral health, and help you decide on the right treatment for a straighter smile in Kent or Maple Valley, WA.

What Can Clear
Braces Treat?

Clear braces can treat just about all of the same things as traditional metal braces, such as:


Crooked and misaligned teeth


Uneven teeth


Crowded teeth


Gaps between teeth


Overbites, underbites, and crossbites

How Do I Care For My Clear Braces?

First, make sure you follow Dr. Haeger’s dietary instructions. Eating certain foods can damage or dislodge your braces, so you’ll want to pay attention to what you eat. Other than that, just make sure to brush your teeth at least 2-3 times per day for two minutes. Clean your braces and the surfaces of your teeth thoroughly to remove particles of food.

You also should floss once per day. This is a little different, because you will need to use a “floss threader” to get your floss between your teeth and your braces. Dr. Haeger can show you the proper technique during your appointment at Haeger Orthodontics.

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