Continuing our series about different types of braces and orthodontic treatment to help straighten your smile, today we are discussing ceramic braces.
These are similar to silver and gold braces, but they are made of a ceramic material that is translucent compared to the classic metallic braces.
Ceramic vs Metal Braces
Ceramic braces were first made in the 1980s when they were called “clear braces.” After the implementation of an adhesive to keep metallic braces glued to the teeth in the 70s, doctors and orthodontists worked to find a way to make braces less noticeable.
Ceramic braces work just like the metal braces do. The brackets are made of a plastic/ceramic material that holds the wire in place to straighten your teeth.
Because they work exactly the same, choosing ceramic braces over metal ones is mainly an aesthetic choice. Many people – if they’re adults or working professionals – don’t want the obvious silver or gold brackets that stand out. Clear braces are a great solution to that. While they are not completely invisible, they are much less noticeable than the other options.
Keeping Them Clean
As with regular metal braces, you need to take care of your orthodontic and dental hygiene with ceramic braces. Brush your teeth after every meal and be sure to floss every day as well.
Ceramic braces are a little different than silver and gold braces when it comes to keeping them clean. While metallic braces might not stain with food and drinks, ceramic braces certainly can, especially with darker drinks like coffee. Be sure to brush your teeth not only to clean the areas around the brackets, but to clean the brackets themselves. If you want clear braces because they are less noticeable, you want them to stay clear and not be stained!
Are They Worth It?
Because ceramic braces are a newer development in orthodontic treatment, they can be more expensive than metal braces. You’ll just have to decide if that price is worth all the benefits you get in return.
With ceramic braces, you get a less obvious orthodontic treatment. You might argue that Invisalign offers completely clear aligners that do away with the brackets all together. So why do people still choose ceramic braces? Invisalign is more expensive than ceramic braces and cannot handle the more difficult orthodontic issues. You also have to keep track of your trays with Invisalign and be disciplined enough to wear them regularly; ceramic braces are attached to your teeth, so they can’t be lost or forgotten.
Have any questions about ceramic braces? Call us today at (843) 4-BRACES today to schedule an appointment and see if you’re a good candidate for them!