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Ceramic Braces in Boston

Ceramic braces are very similar to conventional braces - the main difference is how they appear. While traditional braces have metal wires and brackets, ceramic braces are tooth-colored or clear, so they are much less conspicuous. This option is great for adults that want or need braces, but don't want a metallic smile.

If you are worried about feeling self-conscious while wearing traditional braces, ceramic braces could be the ideal solution for you. 

Benefits Of Ceramic Braces

There are many benefits to ceramic braces. Let's talk about each of them including those that may not be so obvious.

Who Is a Candidate for Ceramic Braces?

Good candidates for ceramic braces are patients who have all their adult teeth and who have mostly stopped growing. Teeth should be in their final positions before applying orthodontic techniques, meaning that most adolescents are ready for braces.

Patients missing many teeth are not suitable candidates for ceramic braces because of how they apply force to the existing dentition. Using a brace to align a row of teeth where some are missing could prevent them from straightening and lead to tooth loss and further alignment issues. Patients in this bracket should consider alternative therapies, including tooth replacement options.

Ceramic braces are suited to patients worried about how metal braces will affect their smile. They are also popular among those who need to maintain a public face. Because they're tooth-colored, they are often hard to detect from a distance. Furthermore, unlike metal brackets, they don't clash with your natural teeth, making them much less conspicuous.

Length of Treatment

Ceramic braces take between eighteen months and three years to straighten teeth, meaning they are slightly slower than metal braces, but faster than Invisalign.

The treatment period is longer because ceramic posts, although tough, are not as strong as regular metal posts. We cannot tighten the prosthetic to the same degree as we can for metal braces, requiring more smaller adjustments over a longer period.

Considerations of Ceramic Braces

Patients who decide to use ceramic braces should consider the limitations of the treatment. Because they are made of ceramic, they do not have the same malleability as metal braces and are more likely to break. Patients may need to return to the clinic more often for repairs.

Contact Us

If you'd like to explore whether ceramic braces are the right option for you, get in touch with Dental Partners of Boston today. Our friendly orthodontists can consult with you on what you need to consider before choosing this tooth alignment solution and the benefits you can expect.