Clear braces are cosmetic alternative to traditional metal braces by blending in more with the natural color of the teeth and less noticeable for patients concerned about their appearance. This means that, unlike traditional stainless metal braces, clear braces will not make your smile look metallic. Clear elastic ties and white metal ties are available to be used with these clear braces.

Clear braces are designed so that  they will not stain or discolor over long periods of time, but the clear elastic ties can stain especially when you eat curry, smoke or drink a lot of coffee or tea. It is not a problem because elastic ties are changed each time you get control at your dentist. Clear braces have a higher component of friction and tend to be more brittle than metal braces. This can make removing the appliances at the end of treatment more difficult and time consuming.