Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.
- Less noticeable than metal braces
- move teeth much faster than clear plastic aligners (Invisalign)
- More expensive than metal braces
- Brackets can stain easily if patients don’t care for them well
When you decide to get braces, you are taking an important step when it comes to caring for your teeth. Braces not only correct alignment and bite issues, but they can also result in a beautiful smile, giving you additional confidence to match your improved oral health.
Ceramic braces are a common alternative to metal braces, although they aren’t recommended for severe cases. Ceramic braces can be a beautiful alternative to metal braces if your orthodontist recommends them.
Ceramic braces were introduced back in the 1980s when the idea for less visible braces came about. Contrary to popular belief, ceramic brackets are tough and don’t stain as easily as they used to thanks to continuing product development and technological advances.
Back in the day, plastic brackets were used for invisible braces, but plastic is porous so it tends to stain more easily. The ceramic composite they use now solves that pesky problem, making ceramic braces a great option.
Benefits of Ceramic Braces
- Some say that ceramic braces are less painful because they don’t irritate the gums.
- Ceramic braces either have semi-translucent ceramic brackets, which are better for very white teeth, or tooth-colored ceramic, which is better for slightly darker teeth. Either way, they blend in well.
- Ceramic braces are strong, especially if they are high-quality. They usually don’t chip or break unless they are badly abused.
Drawbacks of Ceramic Braces
- Ceramic brackets are more expensive than metal brackets. They are also bigger, but they blend in with teeth so this isn’t an issue for most patients.
- Like traditional metal braces, ceramic braces use clear or white ligatures to hold the archwire in place. The ligatures are little rubber bands, so they can stain because they’re porous. They’re changed at every adjustment.
- Because ceramic brackets can’t withstand as much pressure as metal brackets can, ceramic braces are not recommended for people who need extensive treatment.