Clear Braces − Brandon, FL

Having straight teeth is important for both health & appearance. Not only does Brandon Complete Dental Care offer traditional braces, but also newer & subtler varieties. Clear braces, which straighten teeth without calling attention to the fact that you have braces, are custom-made clear aligner trays which guide your teeth gradually into alignment without wires or brackets. Richard Assing, DDS can get you the straight smile you want without the metal mouth!

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Invisalign® Clear Braces

Not to be confused with clear aligners, clear braces are traditional orthodontic braces that use the latest advances in dental materials to be nearly invisible. When considering orthodontic treatment, a person’s appearance during treatment can be just as important as their appearance once treatment is complete.

Clear orthodontic aligners give many patients the option of straightening their teeth or fixing their bite without having to get braces. However, some patients have tooth alignment problems that need a more efficient approach to tooth movement, which traditional braces can provide. There are several dental conditions that are hard to fix using just clear aligners, such as teeth that need to be moved vertically (such as canines that erupted too high). Braces may be able to move those teeth more quickly. Clear braces offer the strength & versatility of traditional braces, but without the metal-mouth.

Clear braces are also referred to as ceramic braces. That’s because the brackets that hold the arch wire in place are ceramic instead of metal. This special kind of dental ceramic can either be tooth-colored or clear. They can easily blend in with a patient’s smile, meaning that from even a few feet away or in photos, the braces will barely be noticeable. Some versions of clear braces also include a tooth-colored wire that can used to make them even more subtle.

One advantage that braces have over clear aligners is ease of compliance with treatment. With clear aligners, the speed & success of your treatment depends in part on whether you keep the aligners in place the full 22 hours per day that is recommended. Because braces are permanently attached to teeth until a dentist removes them, they don’t require compliance. Clear ceramic braces offer an option that minimally affects how your smile looks & can keep your treatment on track.

While clear braces are sometimes a little more costly that metal braces, they can be more affordable than clear aligners. The treatment time with clear braces is the same as metal braces, averaging 24 months. Some patients may be able to do a mix of clear braces & clear aligners to achieve the desired result. As will all orthodontic treatments, the total treatment time & the cost depend on the severity of the misalignment that needs to be fixed. Any dentist or orthodontist will tell you that no two cases are the same.


In addition to your overall oral health, our office is committed to giving you a beautiful smile that you can be proud of. For many people, a straight set of teeth is a cornerstone of self-confidence. We understand that straightening your teeth with traditional metal braces can seem like a daunting & unappealing way to get a nicer smile, which is why we have decided to offer more attractive alternatives to patients with mild to moderate orthodontic cases.

A clear alternative to braces

ClearCorrect clear aligners—which look very similar to teeth whitening trays—are a new, subtle form of bite correction. They let you avoid the metallic look of traditional braces & you can remove them whenever you need to!

This system works by using a series of aligners that push crooked teeth into place. The dentist will take an impression of your teeth & send it off to a lab where your individualized aligners are made. You only wear each set for a few weeks & you’ll get new pairs of aligners at every checkup appointment.

ClearCorrect has three options for your orthodontic treatment:

  • Limited 6 (six aligners to complete treatment)
  • Limited 12 (12 aligners to complete treatment)
  • Unlimited (as many aligners as necessary)

Each pair of aligners will take you closer to your cosmetic goals. For most patients, it takes about a year on average to get their desired smile. Your dentist or orthodontist can tell you the approximate length of your treatment before you get started. It all depends on how complex your individual case is.

ClearCorrect engagers

Some stubborn teeth have a harder time shifting & need extra help. A ClearCorrect engager (also known as an attachment) is a small bump of bonding resin that we can temporarily put on a tooth to help the aligner make contact. Better aligner contact puts more pressure on the tooth, ensuring it will shift with the rest of your teeth.

When placing engagers, we adhere to a conservative process with a focus on maintaining your smile’s aesthetics. We use a tooth-colored material that blends with your smile & that is easily removable without shots or drilling.

ClearCorrect vs. other clear aligners

ClearCorrect has a couple of advantages over other brands of clear aligners. ClearCorrect aligners extend over the gum line, which helps apply more force with greater leverage. This means they require fewer engagers & are therefore less intrusive than other systems. ClearCorrect also offers “limited” treatment options, which can treat simple cases more affordably than other systems. Other than these differences, ClearCorrect & other brands of clear orthodontics are virtually the same in form & function.

How to wear clear aligners

To ensure the greatest possible result for your new smile & to avoid a prolonged & more costly process, you need to wear your clear aligners for most of the day, including when you sleep. Dentists recommend wearing your ClearCorrect aligners for around 22 hours a day. The only times you should take them off are to eat, drink, brush or floss. You can also remove them for special occasions, but you need to keep track of how long you have your aligners off & make sure you remember to put them back on! The convenience of removable orthodontics can be a blessing, but it won’t do you any good if you don’t stay on top of your treatment.

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