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.
Some ceramic braces use self-ligating technology. This allows the wire to automatically tighten and adjust itself, making the treatment process smoother on the teeth. It also means that no ligatures are needed since the brackets themselves clasp the wire.
Ceramic fixed braces come with a range of benefits:
Many people undergo orthodontic work because they feel self-conscious about their uneven teeth. But as well as the aesthetic benefits, straighter teeth are easier to clean. So any investment in braces is also an investment in your oral hygiene for the future.
Ceramic appliances use essentially the same components as metal braces and achieve much the same results. The difference is that the material used for the brackets is a clear or tooth-colored ceramic. This means the braces blend in with the teeth and are much less obvious from a distance.
Although still noticeable close-up, they can help people feel more confident about wearing braces. Teenagers and kids avoid any “metal mouth” taunts in the playground, while adults at work might feel that clear braces make them look more professional.
Because of the more advanced materials used, usually ceramic braces cost more than metal braces. Wearers may also have to restrict what they eat in order to avoid staining the clear or white ligatures. Apart from these two things, there are no real drawbacks compared to metal braces.
To learn more about the Ceramic Braces and all your orthodontic treatment options, please feel free to schedule an appointment at our office. We look forward to meeting you and helping you achieve a smile that’s made to move!