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Ceramic Braces: How Do They Differ From Metal Braces?

Ceramic braces are an option when thinking about getting braces, but there are some differences in what you’ll experience with this type of correction versus the traditional option. The main advantage of clear ceramic braces is that they are less noticeable than stainless steel braces. The material used to create the brackets can be matched to the color of your teeth, as opposed to metal that stands out much more. This is the main reason patients opt for ceramic braces as opposed to metal braces.

Ceramic braces are slightly less durable than metal ones, and if you often engage in high contact sports, you may want to think twice about choosing ceramic. Also, ceramic braces are usually more expensive than metal brackets, so if you are on a tight budget, the cost is a factor to consider.

When it comes to actual correction, metal braces seem to get the job done more quickly, as they can withstand bigger adjustments at one time. If your teeth require severe correction, your dentist may recommend metal braces, as the ceramic material is not quite as adept at tackling more serious cases.

It’s possible for ceramic braces to stain with certain foods and drinks, like coffee, red wine, or blueberries. Some patients with a sensitive mouth report having issues with the material irritating the inside of lip and cheek tissue. But the overall discretion of ceramic braces is often referred to having a “mouth full of metal.”

What Are Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces are an aesthetic alternative to traditional metallic appliances. Made of composites, they resemble metal braces in size and shape. Brackets that have either no color or a shade that matches the teeth make ceramic braces less visible than traditional stainless steel. Archwires secure the braces to the teeth and link the brackets together. Transparent or white rubber bands, ligatures, stretch from a bracket in the lower arch to one in the upper arch. Translucent components contribute to the cosmetic effect of ceramic braces.

What Are Transparent Braces?

Transparent braces are a unique category of products that allow a patient to protect his or her privacy during treatment. Transparent braces provide an almost invisible appearance so that no people except the client and the orthodontist know about the corrective care. Ceramic braces are one of the most common types of transparent braces that exist. They have a porcelain foundation, and they are the same color as the patient’s teeth. Their unique texture and color make them desirable as a low-key treatment option for a variety of customers. People refer to them as ceramic, clear, or esthetic options.

When Do I Need Ceramic Braces?

The time to choose ceramic braces comes when you want to make corrective changes to your teeth without attracting attention to the treatment. An aesthetic alternative to stainless steel braces, they let you choose a level of transparency that cosmetically matches your teeth. With the same shape and size as metal braces, they provide equal effectiveness. When you want your friends to admire your smile without noticing what you are doing to make it beautiful, it may be time to consider getting ceramic braces.

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What Is The Cost Of Ceramic Braces?

There is no one-price-fits-all figure regarding the ceramic braces. The price of the treatment depends on various factors such as the complexity of the problem, the patient’s age, and the orthodontist’s treatment plan. Simple problems will be less costly than complicated issues that have more extended treatment periods. Ceramic braces are considered to be highly personalized and are based on the orthodontist’s specific recommendations and the patient’s desires. Expenses can vary substantially from the type of insurance plan that is carried as well as the patient’s age and the kind of braces that are selected. The standard metal braces will range in cost between $3000 and $6000 while ceramic braces will range between $4000 and $8000 in total treatment cost.

If you are looking for more information about a specific service and the costs associated, contact our office. Our orthodontists can help you come up with an affordable way for you to pay for the oral health services you need. For more savings visit our specials page, sign up for our informational newsletter below, and like our Facebook page. The patient’s financial resources and discounting options can affect the price, too. Furthermore, the insurance coverage can change the balance drastically. An interested person will receive an accurate estimate after he or she consults with the orthodontist.

Damon Braces Versus Ceramic Braces

Damon braces are another option to consider when deciding what type of braces are right for you. With the Damon System, the braces have a bracket that self-adjust. They gradually tighten and move with the teeth as they change. Because traditional braces need to be adjusted in the office, Damon braces require fewer appointments.

Damon braces reportedly cause less pain, due to the fact that they put less pressure on the teeth. Like ceramic braces, they are more invisible than traditional braces and can blend to the color of your natural teeth. Often times, patients with Damon braces see faster results. But all of these advantages come with a cost, and it is usually higher than the cost of traditional or ceramic braces.

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Today more than ever before patients have many choices when it comes to more beautiful and more unique variations of traditional braces. Orthodontists can use tooth-colored brackets that are ceramic or clear in color. The main advantage of using this type of bracket is that they more closely match the color of the patient’s teeth. When this is the case, the brackets blend and make it far less noticeable that a patient is having an orthodontic treatment done. As a note, when using ceramic braces, the technology still requires the use of metal archwire that runs the length of teeth. In some cases, a dentist can use something known as frosted or colored wire to reduce further the visual impact of having braces.

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