Types of Braces
Traditional Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth by using metal brackets and archwires. With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored rings for a more unique and colorful smile.
Clear (Ceramic) Braces
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth.
Clear aligners are a series of translucent, removable, and comfortable plastic trays that straighten your teeth like braces. Not only are the aligners aesthetic, they are removable, so you can eat and drink a greater variety of foods while in treatment. Plus, brushing and flossing is much easier! The aligners are comfortable and have no metal to cause mouth abrasions during treatment. Appointments are usually scheduled further apart, requiring fewer visits to complete treatment!
What is the Difference Between Ceramic Braces and Clear Aligners?
Ceramic braces are the same as traditional metal braces except that they are clear! Ceramic braces are a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces and provide patients with an equally effective treatment.
Clear aligners are different from braces. Clear aligners are a series of plastic trays that are custom designed to fit into your mouth like a mouthguard.
What are the Advantages and Disadvantages to Ceramic Braces?
As with any orthodontic treatment, it is important to choose the right option for your needs and lifestyle. Ceramic braces are a great alternative to traditional metal braces and your orthodontist will help you determine whether they are the right treatment for you.
Advantages to Ceramic Braces:
Appearance: Ceramic braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces offer an esthetic alternative for patients seeking options other than traditional metal braces.
Confidence: Many patients who choose ceramic braces feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on their smiles rather than their braces
Disadvantages to Ceramic Braces:
Cost: Ceramic braces may cost more than traditional metal braces. Your orthodontist may offer convenient payment plans to help control the costs of your treatment.
Discoloration: The clear elastic ties used with ceramic braces may become slightly discolored when you drink tea, coffee, or wine, and eat certain foods or smoke.
Ask your orthodontist about how you can keep your braces looking their best.
Treatment Time: Orthodontic treatment with ceramic braces may take longer than with traditional metal braces. If you don’t mind investing a little more time in your smile, then talk to your orthodontist to find out how long your treatment time will be with ceramic braces.
Are Ceramic Braces the Right Choice for My Smile and Me?
By talking to your orthodontist, you can decide if ceramic braces are the right treatment for you. Your orthodontist can provide answers to your questions and extra information explaining the benefits of each treatment. If you would like to learn more about ceramic braces, and all of the options available to you, please contact our practice and schedule an appointment today.