Clear braces are normally used when a patient has no significant bite problems. They can be used to help close spaces between teeth or adjust teeth when they are crooked or slightly out of place. Clear braces are also known as aligners. These aligners are a series of clear, plastic trays that can be removed whenever needed. They are used to gradually move or shift teeth through a series of progressions. Each tray can be used for several weeks or months before the next teeth are ready for the next one.
Clear braces work well for adults whose teeth have are slightly out of place, turned or crooked. They can also be worn by children who may not do well with metal brace appliances. Aligners can be used at home or at night when the patient sleeps and then removed before leaving the house the next day. They can also be worn throughout the day without showing any signs of the patient wearing the appliance. When in place, the tray is barely visible and will not be as distracting as traditional metal braces and appliances.