Ceramic braces are similar to metal braces, but the brackets of ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth. These braces are commonly used by teenagers and adult patients as they are almost invisible. The only drawback to ceramic brackets is that they are more fragile, and the elastic ties can discolor between orthodontic visits and require increased attention to oral hygiene.
Think traditional metal braces, only made from a white or clear material so they’re less obvious.
Fixed ceramic brackets are bonded to each tooth and connected with an archwire. Sometimes the wire is also tooth-colored (or ‘frosted’) so the entire appliance blends in with the teeth. Small elastic bands called ‘ligatures’ hold the wire in place on each bracket – and they are usually the same color as the brackets as well.
During orthodontic treatment, you will need to have checkups every 6-10 weeks. At these visits, your orthodontist will check the progress of your treatment and make adjustments to the wire to keep your teeth moving in the right direction. Total treatment time is usually around 18-24 months but this depends on the amount of correction needed.
Patients often find their teeth are a little sore for a day or two after their braces are tightened, but aside from that, there should be minimal discomfort.