Ceramic (or clear) braces are nearly similar to traditional metal braces, with the main difference being that the brackets are clear or tooth-colored, so that they blend in with your teeth. Tooth-colored wires may even be used to make the braces less apparent.
Ceramic braces function just like their metal counterparts, the only difference being their appearance. As with all braces, the goal of ceramic braces is to improve the appearance and function of your teeth by bringing them into proper, straight alignment through gentle pressure.
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Much like their metal counterparts, ceramic braces are composed of brackets and an archwire. These brackets are bonded onto your teeth and an archwire is inserted through the bracket slots, providing the force needed to reposition your teeth. Elastic bands are used to pull your teeth into proper alignment gradually over time throughout treatment.
Your dentist will have a look at your medical history, conduct a clinical exam, and may ask you to undergo some tests, such as digital X-ray imaging, to determine your eligibility for ceramic braces. Getting them placed generally takes between one to two hours.
While treatment time varies from patient to patient, it usually takes about 24 months for completion. You will need to schedule visits to your orthodontist to get your braces adjusted every six to eight weeks.
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Who is eligible for Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces are suitable for those who:
Constant developments in orthodontics have enabled adults to get braces placed to achieve better, healthier smiles. A consultation with your dentist will help determine your candidacy for orthodontics.
Who should get ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces are an excellent alternative to metal braces if you want to skip out on the metal mouth appearance, and are especially popular amongst older teens, college students, and working professionals, who prefer to straighten their teeth discreetly. These braces are great for those who know how to responsibly and properly take care of them to ensure they are maintained well.
Since they are costlier, one must also consider whether it is worth getting them placed as opposed to traditional metal braces. As such, ceramic braces aren’t for everyone but for those looking to straighten their teeth reliably, effectively, and discreetly, these braces may very well be an excellent option to go for.
Can ceramic braces easily stain with unwanted color?
Yes. Since the brackets in ceramic braces are of a lighter color, they have a tendency to stain easily and quickly. As such, it is important to avoid consuming stain-causing beverages such as tea, coffee, or red wine.
What conditions do ceramic braces treat?
Ceramic braces work much the same as metal braces wherein brackets are bonded to the teeth and connected by an archwire, which will require regular adjustments. You can correct many orthodontic conditions (or malocclusions) with ceramic braces; however, it is essential that you consult an experienced orthodontist who will carefully plan your treatment.
Common malocclusions include overbite, gapped teeth, crowded teeth, and overjet. Although treatment may take more time with ceramic braces, it is very reliable and produces excellent results so long as you are supervised by an expert orthodontist.