The Pros and Cons of Ceramic Braces

Jan 17, 2020 | Advanced Dental Treatments

You want straight teeth, but you don’t like the “metal mouth” look. If you’ve decided that you need braces, you have options!

Braces have come a long way since the early days of metal brackets. While many people still choose metal brackets, ceramic braces provide another option for straighter teeth without as much shiny metal.

Are ceramic braces right for you? Here’s a look at some of the pros and cons of ceramic brackets.

The Pros

Ceramic braces work much like metal braces. The brackets adhere to your teeth, then metal wire feeds through the brackets to move your teeth into a straighter position over time.

Why choose ceramic braces instead of metal braces? Here are some of the pros.

  • They aren’t as noticeable. For some people, the choice is “clear.” Choosing clear braces vs metal helps your brackets blend in better with your teeth.
  • They are often less irritable. Many patients report less irritation to their gums when wearing ceramic braces compared to any prior experience with metal brackets.
  • They work faster than a clear aligner. An aligner is similar to a retainer. Aligners are clear and an excellent cosmetic option, but they can take longer to move your teeth than traditional braces. If you want to reduce the time it takes to straighten your teeth without the look of metal braces, ceramic brackets are an excellent choice.
  • They are sturdy and do their job. There’s always a risk of dislodging a bracket if you bump your mouth or bite down on something hard or tacky—with either metal or ceramic brackets. However, aside from excessive trauma, ceramic brackets are tough enough to last throughout your treatment.

Clear ceramic braces seem like a great option, but are there any negatives? Let’s take a look.

The Cons

When choosing ceramic braces, make sure you understand a few things about how they compare to other options.

  • They usually cost more than metal brackets. However, compared to an invisible aligner, ceramic braces are often less expensive.
  • They can move slower than metal brackets. While they’re faster than a clear aligner, sometimes ceramic brackets move teeth slower than metal brackets.
  • They can show stains. Ceramic is a porous material. These brackets are more likely to absorb substances that can cause discolouration.

Any bracket needs extra attention to keep them clean and safe. It’s essential to keep your braces clean to avoid stains and other dental issues.

Ceramic Braces Help Your Teeth Look Their Best!

Your teeth deserve the best when it comes to choosing your braces. Depending on your budget and preferences for the look and feel of your orthodontics, ceramic braces could be the right solution for straighter teeth.

We’re happy to talk with you about the orthodontic options for yourself or your children. When it comes to your smile, we want you to feel confident in your teeth and orthodontic work.

Contact us to schedule an appointment!

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