The news that you need braces may not be met with shrieks of joy and excitement. You may think you’re not ready to deal with altering your appearance for a period of months or years. The good news is, with the different types of products available today, you won’t have to worry about your braces getting in the way of your appearance!
With practically invisible options, you can rest easy knowing your braces are working to correct your smile without impacting how you look. One of these products is ceramic braces, which are very popular among orthodontic patients today. So, are ceramic braces right for you? Let’s find out!
What Are Ceramic Braces?
If you’re not aware of what exactly ceramic braces are, let us explain. Similar to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces are a more discreet option for treatment. Made up of brackets and wires, just like standard braces, the ceramic variety has clear brackets and light-colored wires, which blend in seamlessly with your teeth to help your orthodontic treatment be less noticeable.
Ceramic braces have a different composition than traditional braces. Where traditional braces are made up of metal, the brackets on these braces are composed of a ceramic material. Ceramic braces work the exact same way as traditional braces and treatment time is the same as well.
Benefits of Ceramic Braces
Many patients like the idea of braces over removable aligners because they don’t have to worry about them. They don’t have to wonder if they’re wearing the product correctly or for the right amount of time, because it is attached to their teeth. Ceramic braces are perfect for those who want the power of braces, but don’t want the look of braces. Other benefits of ceramic braces include:
- Easy removal after treatment
- Less noticeable in photos
- Potentially more comfortable than metal braces
Because of the texture and composition of ceramic braces, patients tend to feel as though ceramic braces not only help them maintain their self confidence, they add a comfort level to their treatment plan as well.
Limitations of Ceramic Braces
For those on the fence about ceramic braces, understand that any product has its limitations, and there are drawbacks to ceramic braces as well. For one, ceramic braces tend to be a little more costly than traditional metal braces and are slightly more sensitive, reacting to levels of pressure differently than metal braces. Patients with ceramic braces will need to be mindful of the colors of foods they eat as well, since ceramic braces can stain more easily than metal braces.
With the few limitations come many obvious benefits of ceramic braces that patients simply can’t pass up. Having the comfort of your orthodontic treatment working 24/7 while blending in seamlessly with your appearance is a win-win for many.
At Crescent Orthodontics, our team is ready to help you find the right product for your smile!