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Clear Braces Specialist

Advanced Digital Orthodontics

Robert J. Lopatkin, DDS

Orthodontist located in Great Neck, NY

If you’ve put off orthodontic treatment because you didn’t want to deal with metal brackets or wires, consider clear braces. Clear braces are nearly invisible, providing a discreet and effective treatment option. At Advanced Digital Orthodontics serving patients in West Hempstead, Port Washington, Manhasset, Great Neck, Williston Park, New Hyde Park, Roslyn, New York, orthodontist Robert Lopatkin, DDS, uses clear braces to transform smiles. To see if you can benefit, make an appointment at the practice in Roslyn, New York, by calling the office or booking online.

Clear Braces Q & A

What are clear braces?

Clear braces are custom orthodontic appliances that straighten crooked and crowded teeth or a misaligned jaw. They’re unique in that they replace the metallic brackets and wires of traditional braces with ceramic components. Ceramic is a material that blends in with your teeth, making the braces much less noticeable.

What types of issues can clear braces correct?

Dr. Lopatkin uses clear braces to correct various alignment issues, including:

  • Overcrowding
  • Gaps between teeth
  • Misaligned jaw
  • Open bite
  • Overbite
  • Underbite
  • Overlapping teeth

You might also benefit from clear braces if you have unmatched dental midlines or problems with chewing and biting.

Who is a good candidate for clear braces?

Anyone with all of their permanent teeth and a fully grown jaw can benefit from clear braces. They’re an excellent option for anyone who wants discreet orthodontic treatment. Because clear braces blend in with your natural tooth enamel, they’re much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.

How long does orthodontic treatment with clear braces take?

The length of time that orthodontic treatment with clear braces takes depends on the issues addressed and your adherence to Dr. Lopatkin’s treatment plan. Most people achieve their desired results in one to three years, but it can take longer. 

Ceramic braces aren’t as strong as traditional metal braces, so the brackets often require replacement. The need for regular repairs can delay treatment slightly, but Dr. Lopatkin makes time for emergency visits whenever possible.

Do clear braces stain?

Clear braces do stain over time, but there are steps you can take to keep them clean and free of buildup. Dr. Lopatkin recommends:

  • Brushing and flossing after every meal
  • Avoiding foods and drinks that cause stains, like pasta sauce or red wine
  • Quitting the use of tobacco products
  • Visiting the orthodontist regularly

By following these tips, it’s possible to keep your clear braces in optimal condition.

What does getting clear braces involve?

Dr. Lopatkin bonds clear braces to your teeth during a brief outpatient procedure. First, he conducts an oral exam and asks about your goals for treatment. Then, he takes a series of oral X-rays to determine the position of your teeth and jaw. He uses this information to develop an orthodontic treatment plan that aligns with your needs.

After finalizing a plan, Dr. Lopatkin bonds the ceramic brackets and archwires to your teeth. Then, he provides you with a list of care instructions and schedules a checkup for several weeks later. The process is quick and hassle-free.

To see if you’re a candidate for clear braces, make an appointment at Advanced Digital Orthodontics by calling the office or clicking the online booking tool today.