Do Clear Brackets Stain

Do Clear Brackets Stain?

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Many orthodontic patients choose clear brackets for their braces. Clear brackets on braces appeal to older teens and adults because they provide a more discreet appearance.

However, clear brackets can stain with inadequate oral hygiene or particular food and drink choices. This blog will share which foods to avoid when wearing clear brackets and how to prevent staining.

How Clear Braces Work

Clear braces work very much like traditional metal braces. Braces consist of metal bands placed around the molars, brackets cemented on the teeth, archwires connecting the brackets and bands, and small elastic bands to hold the archwire in the brackets.

As the orthodontist tightens the archwire, the teeth move with it into their optimal positions.

Braces can correct simple orthodontic issues like gapped and crooked teeth and complex problems like bite issues and jaw malformation. They are more versatile than clear plastic aligners and better for younger patients.

Clear Brackets: Pros and Cons


  • More discreet appearance
  • Gentler on oral tissues than metal braces
  • Faster than traditional braces


  • Stain easily compared to metal braces
  • May need to limit or avoid some of your favorite foods and beverages
  • Slightly less durable than metal braces, making them less useful for younger children

Guiding Your Orthodontic Care

Our skilled orthodontists are ready to answer your questions about braces. They can explain how clear brackets can help you achieve the smile you want while attracting less attention from others. Our clear braces use an advanced archwire system so the teeth move quickly and comfortably.

If you have teeth problems, consider clear braces. They offer prompt treatment and allow you to enjoy your new smile much sooner than traditional braces.

Frequently Asked Questions About Braces

How can I eat and drink what I want without staining my clear brackets?

While clear braces are constructed to be stain-resistant, you may encounter some difficulties if you do not practice adequate oral hygiene. The crucial step is to brush, rinse, and floss immediately after you eat. The longer food particles stay on your teeth and brackets, the more likely they will stain.

After every meal and snack, try brushing your teeth and using mouthwash. If you cannot brush, rinse your mouth with water after eating.

You can also use a straw for highly pigmented beverages like grape and cranberry juices, dark sodas, coffee, tea, and red wine.

Do the small elastic bands holding the brackets on the archwire also stain?

Yes, this can be an issue for many patients. Brush your teeth well, avoid highly pigmented foods as much as possible, and change your elastic bands regularly for best results.

Call Bisson Dentistry

While clear braces require a little more care than traditional metal brackets, you will appreciate how they look. We can help you straighten your smile both effectively and discreetly. Please call our Guelph, ON, office at 519-821-3561 to request an orthodontic consultation today.