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Should You Consider Ceramic Braces?

Written by Crest Hill Family Dental on . Posted in Blog

Do you feel uncomfortable with your smile as it is right now?  If so, you may have considered orthodontic options to change the look of your smile.  In fact, braces are an excellent way to achieve the look you want and correct a misaligned bite.  The problem is that you may want to avoid the traditional metal braces.  Fortunately, you have other options.

Why Not Traditional Metal Braces?

Metal braces come with their own set of challenges.  The brackets and wires are made of a deep silver colored metal.  This makes the braces quite noticeable.  If you are an adult, you might not want your braces to be so prominent.

Since adults typically want braces that are hard to see or invisible, you may consider looking at other options, like ceramic braces.

What Are Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces are similar to traditional braces, except that they use different materials – not metal.  The ceramic is more transparent and therefore less noticeable.  Even the wires are made transparent and therefore less conspicuous.

Ceramic braces may not be as transparent as a clear aligner system such as Invisalign, but they can provide a more professional, adult appearance if you are concerned about your perception in the workplace.

How Should You Take Care Of Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces are taken care of much the same as traditional metal braces.  Brushing and flossing three to four times each day, and avoiding certain foods that may stick to the brackets.  Making sure to use a fluoride toothpaste to ensure that enamel stays strong especially around the brackets.

You might find it difficult at first to floss with braces, but dentists will offer better tools for reaching in between the wires and the teeth.  Flossing is necessary to prevent decay between the teeth.  

Additionally, you should take care to avoid certain types of foods.  The most highly pigmented foods and drinks, which include tomatoes, coffee, tea, wine, sauces, and berries, which can stain your teeth and the elastics that hold the wire in place.

What Are The Drawbacks Of Ceramic Braces?

Certain drawbacks might prevent you from considering ceramic braces in favor of metal braces.  Since not as much pressure can be applied to ceramic brackets, your case may take longer to complete than with traditional brackets.

Also, you must consider that the cost of ceramic braces are slightly higher than for more traditional options.  The brackets themselves are more costly and there is a higher incidence of brackets becoming dislodged.  There can be a cost involved with replacing the individual brackets and having them re-cemented.

How Effective Are Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces can be extremely effective, but it ultimately depends on which dental issues you face.  Certain types of malocclusion (case types) are better suited for ceramics than others.

If you are unsure of which type of braces will best suit your needs, then you can talk to your dentist or orthodontist about your options.

Crest Hill Family Dental takes great care to handle your smile with professionalism and compassion.  Whether you are looking for just a small change to your teeth or you want a complete overhaul of your smile, we can help you achieve it.

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Crest Hill
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