Clear Brackets Ceramic “clear brackets” eliminate the metal in orthodontic treatments. Tooth-colored ceramic brackets are applied to the teeth in the same way that metal brackets are, but they blend into the tooth for a more natural-looking appearance. Colored wire options can also minimize the appearance of orthodontic appliances during treatment. Metal Brackets Orthodontic treatments have traditionally relied on metal brackets. Today’s brackets are much different than the ones parents may remember from their own treatments. Using smaller brackets with improved wires, orthodontists can get better results in a shorter amount of time. Clear Aligners Clear aligner therapy eliminates the need for brackets altogether. Aligner treatment involves using a series of plastic aligners that are changed approximately every two to six weeks. By making small changes in each aligner, orthodontists can correct alignment issues discreetly. Aligner treatment isn’t appropriate for all treatments, but can be an excellent option for some orthodontic patients.