Whether you're an adult or a teen, we all want to look our best at all times. Changing the way your teeth are structured takes time and there are now ways to keep you looking your best during this period. Clear braces or ceramic braces are translucent. This new technology is available for most cases. The great benefit of these braces is that you won't have to have that metallic look. In addition, clear braces are specifically designed so that they won't stain or wear over time.
According to Healthline.com, there are both pro's and con's to this orthodontic practice.
Pros and cons of ceramic braces
Here’s a quick breakdown of the pros and cons of ceramic braces, especially compared to traditional metal braces.
- They’re less visible than metal braces. The ceramic material used in these braces can be either clear or tooth-colored.
- They move teeth faster than clear aligners (Invisalign). Ceramic braces take about 18 to 36 months to straighten your teeth. Popular clear-alignment methods, such as Invisalign, can take a year or longer to work, even if your teeth don’t require much correction. Also, clear-alignment methods don’t work for severe cases of misalignment or malocclusion (a crooked bite).
- You can choose your colors. Metal braces only come in one color: gray (or shiny metallic silver, if it’s available). Ceramic braces are available in nearly any color imaginable.
- They don’t interfere with imaging tests. Metal braces can disrupt signals in imaging tests. Ceramic braces produce much less signal interferenceTrusted Source.
- They’re more expensive than metal braces. Ceramic braces can cost at least $1,000 to $2,000 more than metal braces.
- They may cause gum sensitivity. Ceramic brackets are larger than metal brackets. This can make it harder to clean around your brackets, leading to swollen gums or receding gums if your toothbrush doesn’t reach the enamel and gumline.
- They’re slightly less durable than metal. Ceramic braces are more than twice as likely to break offTrusted Source or fracture. The process of removing the glue (debonding) has also been known to cause damage to your tooth surface (enamel).
- They move teeth slower than metal. Because they’re more fragile, having to repair broken brackets or make incremental adjustments at each appointment can delay the straightening process.
- They may stain. The elastic ties holding the wire to the brackets can stain easily and remain stained until they’re replaced.
Who’s a good candidate for ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces are recommended if all of your adult teeth have come in and you’ve mostly stopped growing. This ensures a quick correction and a lower chance of brackets breaking due to the strain of tooth movement.
Ceramic braces are a good choice if you want your braces to be subtle. Because they’re usually tooth-colored or white, they’re less noticeable. This makes them ideal for straightening your teeth if you work a full-time job or attend college and don’t want to draw attention to them
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