Orthodontic appliances can be made of metal, ceramic, or plastic. They may be removable or they may be brackets bonded to the teeth. By placing a constant, gentle force in a carefully controlled direction, braces slowly move teeth to a corrected position. This is a great time to wear braces! Gone are the days when a metal band with a bracket was placed around each tooth. You can choose brackets that are clear or metallic color. You can choose the color of the ties that hold the wire in brackets. Wires are also less noticeable than they used to be and the latest materials move teeth faster with less discomfort to patients.
Why Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces are becoming a more popular solution at your local orthodontist’s office; they are more discreet, offer added comfort, and they’re durable. You may hear them referred to as esthetic braces, clear braces or tooth-colored braces as well.
The main reason ceramic braces are desireable is the brackets are color-matched to your teeth. This gives the patient confidence knowing their teeth are being adjusted using a durable material while enjoying a less noticeable appearance. Although durable, ceramic braces are more fragile than their metal counterparts so we recommend ceramic braces for older teen and adult patients. Please contact us for a thorough evaluation and recommendation for your orthodontic care.
How Do I Care For Ceramic Braces and What Are The Advantages?
Ceramic braces have been around for more than twenty years. The rising demand for adult orthodontic care has driven technological advances in less visible solutions for adjusting crowded or uneven teeth. The advantages of ceramic braces are:
- More discreet than metal or traditional braces
- They’re durable
- They move teeth faster than clear aligners such as Invisalign
- Ceramic braces have smoother edges, giving added comfort
There are clear advantages to choosing ceramic braces. There are some disadvantages as well, such as higher cost, more fragile, and teeth move slower than metal braces fittings. Contact us today with any questions.