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Clear Braces

Many patients are uncomfortable at the thought of wearing noticeable metal braces, especially as adults. 

At Haltom Orthodontics, we offer clear braces as a discreet and comfortable alternative to align your teeth.

How to know if clear braces are the right option for you...

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​The Benefits of Clear Braces

Great Results

Tooth-colored braces and clear aligner trays like Invisalign® can produce results that are just as beautiful and healthy as metal braces.

Discretion

If you want to straighten your teeth, but are nervous about wearing noticeable metal braces, clear braces provide a discreet alternative.

Comfort

In many cases, patients find that the more advanced clear braces are not as rough on the lips, cheeks, and tongue as traditional metal braces.

​Clear Braces at Haltom Orthodontics

At Haltom Orthodontics in Albuquerque, NM, our experienced father-and-son team of orthodontists, Tucker and Darren Haltom, can help you achieve a straight and healthy-looking smile with clear braces. We can set you up for a treatment plan with Invisalign or provide tooth-colored braces. To schedule an appointment, contact us online or call any of our three office locations in the Albuquerque area.

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Felipe M.

October 2019

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Haltom Orthodontics does a GREAT job. Extremely happy with the service by all the staff. Very professional, knowledgeable and friendly. 
My three daughters and I have received treatment and every encounter has been top notch and the results have been excellent. 
I highly recommend this location!!

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Carmen T.

October 2019

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Love Haltom Orthodontics! My kids and I have been with them for years!  The staff is so professional and kind. The Doctors are so knowledgeable and professional.  The quality of care is outstanding.  They go above and beyond any other orthodontist. They are also strong and proud members of the community. They support our schools and troops!  Thank you Drs Haltom and staff for all that you do!

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​Candidates for Clear Braces

The severity of your misalignment will impact your options. While minor to moderate concerns can be effectively corrected with Invisalign aligners, severe alignment issues can be better addressed by traditional or clear braces. Clear braces may be a good option for you if you have:

Tooth-Colored Brackets

While not as invisible as Invisalign, clear braces blend into your smile more easily than metal brackets. 

​Standard Braces with Clear Brackets

While Invisalign is a popular orthodontic option, it is not always an appropriate one. For patients with severely misaligned teeth, clear aligners may not be enough to straighten your smile. Fortunately, braces featuring clear brackets and tooth-colored ceramic wires can provide an alternative. 

These braces work the same way as metal braces but are much less noticeable. You can achieve the same great cosmetic results without metal and many patients find that the clear materials are more comfortable than traditional braces. Additionally, clear braces are usually more affordable than aligner trays

If you are not sure whether braces or Invisalign is right for you, contact us online or give us a call. Our team of orthodontic professionals can recommend the most appropriate solution for your needs.

Applying Braces

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The orthodontist can bond the clear brackets to the surface of your teeth and thread a ceramic wire through each.

Invisalign

Certain patients may be good candidates for Invisalign. These aligner trays are custom-made and fit comfortably over the upper or lower teeth. Each patient receives a series of trays, which vary slightly in shape. Every few weeks, patients will transition from one set of aligners to the next, which will gradually shift teeth into their proper position. 

Invisalign treatment plans are highly customizable and can benefit patients of all ages. Most patients achieve their cosmetic goals within 12 to 18 months, but the length of treatment is based on your unique orthodontic needs.

Removable aligners require discipline and motivation, and patients who use the Invisalign system must take responsibility for their care. You must be able to wear your aligners for 20 to 22 hours everyday, only removing them when you eat or brush your teeth.

If you are interested in Invisalign or a similar treatment plan, the orthodontists at our Albuquerque offices can help you determine which plan is best for you.

​What to Expect during Orthodontic Treatment with Clear Braces

The treatment for clear braces is the same as regular braces. Most patients can expect the process to break down in a similar way:

Orthodontic Consultation

Come into one of our offices in the Albuquerque area for a consultation with one of our orthodontists. We can examine your smile and bite to determine the best treatment plan for you, whether that's traditional metal braces, clear braces, or clear aligners.

Spacer Appointment

About a week before your braces are attached, our orthodontists will place spacers between your molars to make room for the orthodontic bands.

Bonding Appointment

Our orthodontist will bond the clear brackets to your teeth and place the tooth-colored, ceramic wire.

Adjustment

You will have regular appointments during your treatment so the orthodontist can adjust your clear braces. Treatment usually takes around 18 to 24 months.

Debonding Appointment

Once your braces have done their job, the orthodontist can remove the brackets and take impressions to fit you for a retainer.
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Amy H.

October 2019

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I was a patient of Dr. Haltom in the 1980's and now my two children.  You can't get better orthodontic care anywhere else in my opinion!  You feel like a part of the Haltom family even after you are done with treatment.  I thank Dr. Haltom for mine and my childrens' beautiful teeth.  I think they perform miracles especially when it came to my case!  I will always refer anyone who is needing orthodontic services to Haltom Orthodontics knowing they will not be disappointed!!

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Hope M.

September 2019

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I love this place! I had braces for 2 years back in high school and I always enjoyed going to my appointments. The wonderful women Gwen who worked on my braces, to this day, I still keep in touch with because I know if I need anything I can count on Haltom to help me out.

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How To Care for Your Clear Braces

To achieve the best possible results with your braces, it is important to take proper care of them. Here are some tips for maintaining your braces:

Brush and Floss

The rules of good dental hygiene stay the same when you have braces. Brushing your teeth twice a day and flossing once is important to maintain optimal oral health, and it is also important for keeping your braces clean. Clear braces will be just as noticeable as metal braces if they have food stuck in them!

Avoid Hard or Sticky Foods

Hard or sticky foods can damage the brackets and wires. Make sure you follow your orthodontist's recommendations for what foods to avoid.

Keep Your Appointments

For braces to have their desired effect, it is important to keep your appointments so they can be maintained and properly tightened. If you skip your appointments, you'll have to wear your braces longer.

Life after Braces

When your treatment plan with clear aligners or tooth-colored braces is complete, you will have a straight, healthy looking smile. To maintain this alignment and prevent teeth from moving again in the future, your orthodontist will probably recommend wearing a custom retainer. Retainers normally only have to be worn over night.

Of course, the rules of good oral health will still apply. Make sure to brush and floss daily and to see your dentist twice a year.

Drs. Tucker and Darren Haltom​

Haltom Orthodontics

Led by the father-and-son team of Tucker and Darren Haltom, our orthodontic practice provides a wide range of services to straighten your smile. We are proud to be affiliated with:

  • The American Association of Orthodontists
  • The Edward H. Angle Society of Orthodontists

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact our office online or call (505) 299-4458 today.

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