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Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces is an alternative to straightening your teeth in a very discreet way.
These braces would achieve much the same results as the fixed metal braces except that they are made from a white or clear material making them much less obvious to wear.

Ceramic braces are suitable for both adults and children especially if you are self conscious about having braces. This is a discreet treatment option as the brackets and wire can either be tooth coloured or clear and is also more cost effective compared to Incognito or Invisalign. As treatment progresses however the wire would have to be changed to a stronger metal one. Certain foods will also have to be eaten in moderation or avoided as they could stain your brackets.

Clear braces are just another type of ceramic braces. In this case, the type of bracket that's used has a high level of translucency (it's very clear), as opposed to a more whitish, tooth-colored shade. In all other ways, these two types of appliances are the same thing.

In general:

If your teeth are very light in color, more translucent (clear) brackets will usually create the best look (least obvious).
For teeth that have a normal to dark coloration, brackets that are tooth-colored may provide the better match.

The orthodontic methods used with ceramic braces are essentially the same as when metal ones are used. But by nature, ceramic brackets are more fragile and for this reason some treatment modifications may be necessary.

What are clear ceramic braces?

Clear braces are just another type of ceramic braces. In this case, the type of bracket that's used has a high level of translucency (it's very clear), as opposed to a more whitish, tooth-colored shade. In all other ways, these two types of appliances are the same thing.

Regular Ceramic vs Clear Ceramic braces

In general:

If your teeth are very light in color, more translucent (clear) brackets will usually create the best look (least obvious).
For teeth that have a normal to dark coloration, brackets that are tooth-colored may provide the better match.

How long will treatment take?

The orthodontic methods used with ceramic braces are essentially the same as when metal ones are used. But by nature, ceramic brackets are more fragile and for this reason some treatment modifications may be necessary.

Frequently asked questions about Ceramic Braces

  • Can I have ceramic and metal braces?

    Yes. Some patients opt to have ceramic brackets on their front visible teeth with metal brackets on their back teeth and this combination works really well as it offers both aesthetics and good machanical strength to move teeth.

  • What type of brace material is right for me?

    -The decision about which type of brace you have depends on many factors including.
    -How badly crooked your teeth are.
    -The arrangement between your top teeth and bottom teeth, in other words your bite.
    -The requirement for you to have jaw surgery as part of your orthodontic therapy. (This is fairly rare).
    -The amount of time that you need to wear your braces.
    -The specific type of treatment, sometimes you may need to wear a headgear to necessitate the correct movement of your teeth.
    -The preference of your individual orthodontist or dentist.
    -Your aesthetic preferences, ceramic braces are generally much more invisible than metal braces.
    -The cost of treatment.

  • What are the reported risks?

    The clear braces had an increased risk of damaging enamel upon removal in the past. While this is a risk when removing any bracket (especially from an already weak tooth), manufacturers have changed how the braces are bonded and have provided braces that are easier to remove, which has decreased the risk of enamel damage.
    Ceramic causes more friction with the wire. Some have claimed that this may slow down the treatment time, since friction may slow down the speed of tooth movement.
    Placing ceramic braces on upper teeth and metal braces on the lower teeth will reduce the possibility of enamel wear, and generally will not adversely affect the esthetic value of the clear braces (most people do not show their lower teeth very much when they smile).

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