Ceramic braces are growing in popularity, and in the right situations, they can be a great alternative to traditional wire braces. Wondering about ceramic braces? Trying to figure out if they are right for you? Then, keep reading. Here’s an overview of what you need to know.
What are Ceramic Braces? How Do They Work?
Ceramic braces consist of ceramic brackets that are affixed to your teeth. Wires stretch between brackets, and the wires gently shift your teeth until they are lined up perfectly. Periodically, your orthodontist tightens the wires on the braces so that they move your teeth as needed based on your treatment plan.
What is the Difference Between Clear and Ceramic Braces?
Many people use the phrases “clear braces” and “ceramic braces” interchangeably, but these braces are actually a little different. While ceramic braces feature ceramic brackets, clear braces feature clear brackets made of plastic. Generally, ceramic braces are tooth colored, and clear braces are see-through plastic.
What is the Difference Between Ceramic and Metal Braces?
The main difference between ceramic and metal braces boils down to the difference in material. Beyond that, these braces work in exactly the same way. In most cases, if your orthodontic issue can be fixed with metal braces, it can also be fixed with ceramic braces.
Additionally, many people find ceramic braces to be more comfortable than their metal counterparts. Metal braces are notorious for scratching the inside of your mouth, and although that issue is easy to solve with dental wax, some people still like to opt for ceramic braces.
What is the Difference Between Ceramic Braces and Invisalign?
These two orthodontic options can also be confused for each other. Ceramic braces are known for being subtle and not too noticeable, which is also a huge selling point with Invisalign. However, Invisalign and ceramic braces correct orthodontic issues in different ways.
As explained above, ceramic braces work on the bracket and wire model. In contrast, Invisalign includes a clear set of aligners. These slip onto your teeth and can be taken out as needed. During your treatment, instead of getting wires tightened, you get aligners in different sizes, and over time, those shift your teeth into place. Ceramic braces can handle a wider variety of orthodontic issues than Invisalign aligners.
Who Should Get Ceramic Braces?
Anyone who need braces may want to consider ceramic braces. If you want a subtle look, you may want to consider clear or ceramic braces. In particular, if Invisalign can’t correct the issue or if you are worried about losing the aligners, you may want to opt for ceramic braces.
Do Ceramic Braces Need Rubber Bands?
You can also choose colorful rubber bands for ceramic braces, just as you can with metal braces. However, you can also choose clear or neutral colored rubber bands that match the brackets.
If you’re ready to learn more about ceramic braces or other orthodontic solutions, contact Dentistry for Children and Teens today. We can schedule a consultation and help you make the right decision for your smile.