Close up look of braces

Orthodontic treatment has come a long way over the years. With all the advancements in treatment, it’s no surprise that more and more people are deciding to go for it and get the perfect smile they’ve always wanted. Among some of the advancements are products that are less noticeable than traditional metal braces. Ceramic braces, for example, are perfect for patients who want braces but don’t want to look like they have braces. If you’re in the market for orthodontic treatment, you may want to consider this option.

Here are some things to know about ceramic or “clear” braces.

What Are Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces work virtually the same as traditional metal braces. They are the same shape, however, instead of looking metallic, they are clear or tooth-colored. Because of this, many patients opt to go this direction with their treatment. Blending into the teeth helps to improve self-confidence while going through treatment, making them perfect for children and adults alike.

Benefits of Ceramic Braces

Obviously, one of the top reasons why ceramic braces are popular is because they are a less noticeable option. Treating the same tough issues as metal braces, ceramic braces tend to also move teeth a bit faster than aligners and can be less expensive than Invisalign Complete. Many patients tend to gravitate toward ceramic braces when they know they want braces and don’t want to have to worry about their appearance or wearing their aligners. Ceramic braces are perfect for the workplace or school since they are so discreet.

Limitations of Ceramic Braces

Like any product, ceramic braces have a few minor limitations. They can be slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces and tend to be a little more fragile. That’s why many orthodontists opt to place ceramic braces on the top teeth only. Since they are light-colored, you’ll need to watch what you eat. Food and beverages that tend to stain ceramic braces include:

  • Fruit drinks
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Red wine
  • Dark sodas

Because of this, it’s best to either use a straw, limit your consumption of these items or simply avoid them altogether. Don’t worry…discoloration can be avoided by maintaining proper oral hygiene practices.

Ceramic Braces and Your Treatment Needs

Each patient’s treatment plan is different, so it’s important to weigh your options when it comes to choosing a product that’s going to work with your needs. Many patients with minor issues opt for aligners; however, it can be a challenge for some to remember to wear the aligners for the required amount of time each day and to keep track of them. Many patients want braces, but don’t want to live with the look of metal braces. This is why more and more patients are choosing ceramic braces. Not only do they work exactly the same as traditional metal braces, they’re less noticeable. It’s a win-win situation!

At Charleston Orthodontic Specialists, our team of professionals are ready to help you choose the best treatment plan. Call (843) 4-BRACES to get started with our team today!