Blend in With Clear Braces
Ceramic braces are a more aesthetic cousin to traditional metal braces. Because the brackets are translucent, they blend in with your tooth color and make straightening your teeth less obvious.
At Bluebird Orthodontics, any patient can have clear braces on their upper front teeth to minimize the look of “metal mouth,” Ceramic braces are a popular choice for older teens and adults who aren’t using clear aligners.
Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that is more likely to chip or crack. Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.
If you need more drastic corrections, metal braces could be a better option. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take a little more time to align your teeth.
Having said that, both types of braces work on the same principles and both work well in most cases.
You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn’t been a problem for a while. Ceramic brackets won’t stain. But, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth and the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in can stain.
This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time. You can choose to avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining, but it isn’t necessary since we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
Best for Adults
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with our doctors, we can determine what treatment you need, and which treatment option will be best for you and your smile.
We think ceramic braces are generally better suited to adults and older teens because ceramic brackets are more likely to break and require more care.
Schedule a free consultation to learn if they may be right for you.