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Ceramic Braces What’s The Difference?

If you think you might require some braces to help align your teeth properly, then you should be aware that there are a range of options for you to consider. When you come to us for a consultation, we will be more than happy to talk you through all of these options. Still, it is also a good idea to come prepared with an understanding of the differences between them all so we can answer your questions.

Of course, getting your teeth aligned and straightened well is generally a cosmetic procedure. However, there can be good health reasons to do so as well. But whatever the underlying reason or cause, you can be sure that you are going to want to know about your various options.

Ceramic braces are very similar to conventional braces - the main difference being in the way that they appear. While traditional braces have metal structures in the mouth, ceramic braces are tooth-colored or clear, so they are much less conspicuous to see. This can be a weight off the shoulders for many adults who require braces but don't want traditional braces.

If you are worried about feeling self-conscious while wearing braces, opting for ceramic braces could be the ideal solution. However, in the meantime, let's take a look at how they compare to other types of braces, so you can make sure that you are aware of which braces are best for you in your situation.

Benefits Of Ceramic Braces

There are many benefits to ceramic braces, and we have already alluded to the main one that brings people to this kind of brace specifically. That is, they can offer you the same treatment as traditional braces, but without it being quite as obvious that they are there in place. They are not invisible, but you can consider them as being much less obvious indeed. Hence, they are definitely a preferred option for many adults.

But the fact that they are less visible is only one benefit. They also move the teeth faster than you would get with a process like clear aligners. Ceramic braces will take on average about 18 to 36 months to straighten your teeth. In contrast, something like Invisalign can take around a year longer to work their magic. So you might actually be able to end up wearing the braces for much less time, as well as them being less visible while they are in.

Ceramic braces also work well for cases of severe misalignment, or when you have a crooked bite.

Another great reason to go for ceramic braces over other kinds is that you can often choose your colors. While metal braces always come in the grey color that is natural to them, if you get ceramic braces, you can choose whatever color you like. So you don't even have to make them inconspicuous if you don't want to. If you prefer, you can make them hugely colorful and bright, and be proud of them!

Considerations

As you can see, there are a considerable number of benefits to using this kind of brace. But that is not to say that they are always the best option for everybody. You need to be aware of some considerations if you hope to be able to make the right choice. As ever, we will always be more than happy to help at any time with a full and thorough consultation.

Ceramic braces might cause gum sensitivity than other kinds. However, it is not common, and most people will be absolutely fine while they wear them. This is usually a case of something being harder to clean around the brackets, as they are a little larger than traditional metal braces. They also move teeth slower than metal, as they are more fragile and so need may need repair. Nonetheless, on the whole, they are still a good option for many people who need braces.

Who Can Get Them?

If you are wondering if you are a good candidate for ceramic braces, the truth is that it depends on each instance. However, generally, they are recommended for adults whose entire set of adult teeth have come through, not for children and infants. This ensures a quicker correction, and a lower chance of breakage after your teeth have started moving.

Length of Treatment

If you think you might require some braces to help align your teeth properly, then you should be aware that there is a range of options for you to consider. When you come to us for a consultation, we will be more than happy to talk you through all of these options. Still, it is also a good idea to come prepared with an understanding of the differences between them all.

Of course, getting your teeth aligned and straightened out well is generally mostly a cosmetic procedure. However, there can be good health reasons to have to do so as well. But whatever the underlying reason or cause, you can be sure that you are going to want to know about the different options that are in front of you.

Ceramic braces are very similar to conventional braces - the main difference being in the way that they appear. Ceramic braces are instead tooth-colored or clear so that they are not as conspicuous as metal braces. This can be a weight off the shoulders for many adults who need braces but don't want them to be noticeable.

If you are worried about feeling self-conscious about wearing braces, then opting for ceramic braces could be the ideal solution, and it's one that we are more than happy to discuss with you. However, in the meantime, let's take a look at how they compare to other types of braces, so you can make sure that you are aware of which braces are best for you in your situation.

Benefits Of Ceramic Braces

There are many benefits to ceramic braces, and we have already alluded to the main one that brings people to this kind of brace specifically. That is, they can offer you the same treatment as traditional braces, but without it being quite as obvious that they are there. They are not invisible, but you can consider them as being much less obvious indeed. Hence, they are definitely a preferred option for many adults and children alike for that very reason.

But the fact that they are less visible is only one benefit. They also move the teeth faster than you would get with a process like clear aligners. Ceramic braces will take on average about 18 to 36 months to straighten your teeth. In contrast, something like Invisalign can take around a year longer to work their magic. So you might actually be able to end up wearing the braces for much less time, as well as them being less visible while they are in.

Ceramic braces also work well - and much more effectively than Invisalign - for cases of severe misalignment, or when you have a crooked bite. So in many cases, it is just the preferred solution anyway, even before you have considered the other benefits being laid out here.

Another great reason to go for ceramic braces over other kinds is that you can often choose your colors. While metal braces always come in the grey color that is natural to them, if you get ceramic braces, you can choose whatever color you like under the sun. So you don't even have to make them inconspicuous if you don't want to. If you prefer, you can make them hugely colorful and bright, and be proud of them!

Considerations

As you can see, there are several benefits to using this kind of brace. But that is not to say that they are always the best option for everybody. You need to be aware of some considerations if you hope to be able to make the right choice. As ever, you can discuss this with our team; we will always help with a full and thorough consultation.

Ceramic braces are more likely to cause gum sensitivity than other kinds. However, it is still not incredibly common, and most people will be absolutely fine while they wear them. This is simply a case of something being harder to clean around the brackets, as they are a little larger than traditional metal braces. They also move teeth slower than metal, as they are more fragile and so need repair more often. Nonetheless, on the whole, they are still a good option for many people who need braces.

Who Can Get Them?

If you are wondering who is likely to be a good candidate for ceramic braces, it depends on each instance. However, generally, they are recommended for adults whose entire set of adult teeth have come through, not for children and infants. This ensures a quicker correction, and a lower chance of breakage after your teeth have started moving. Also, if you have a good reason for wanting your braces to be subtle, then that will make you a good candidate too.

Length of Treatment

Ceramic braces take around a year and a half to three years to straighten your teeth, meaning they are slightly slower than metal braces, but faster than Invisalign. They are for many a good compromise, therefore, between speed and efficiency.

If you feel that ceramic braces might be a good option for you, get in touch with our team at Dental Partners of Boston today. We will be happy to discuss your options.

 

Procedure Location & Doctors

Maria E. Cardenas

Maria E. Cardenas

D.M.D., C.A.G.S.

Carolina Mujica

Carolina Mujica

D.M.D., C.A.G.S.

Micael G. O'Toole

Michael G. O’Toole

D.M.D., M.M.SC.

Roberta A. Wright

Roberta A. Wright

D.M.D., M.D.SC

Kumiko Kamachi

Kumiko Kamachi

D.M.D., C.A.G.S.

Karessa Kuntz

Karessa Kuntz

DDS