If you like the reliability of metal braces, but do not like how conspicuous they are, clear and ceramic braces are a great alternative. They work in the same manner as traditional metal braces, but are much less noticeable.
Some patients do not want to draw even more attention to their orthodontic issue during their treatment. We understand that, and offer clear and ceramic braces for patients who are looking for a more aesthetically-pleasing option. Clear braces have brackets that are see-through, while the brackets of ceramic braces are made of tooth- colored material. Some of these systems even use clear wires to increase the cosmetic appeal.
Ceramic and clear braces are placed in the teeth in the same way that metal braces are. The brackets will be bonded and cured, and then the wire will attach via the ligature ties. The wires will be replaced and/or tightened at every visit. You may experience some initial soreness or discomfort in the days right after your braces are placed or tightened.
The most obvious advantage of clear and ceramic braces is that they are much less noticeable than regular braces. This feature can be appealing to teenagers and adults who may not want to draw attention to themselves during treatment.
Just as with anything in life, there are some disadvantages. The main disadvantage for clear and ceramic braces is that they can stain if they are not properly cared for. We recommend limiting the amount of stain-inducing foods and drinks you consume, such as coffee or dark sodas. You should brush and floss regularly to ensure proper oral care and reduce the risk of staining.
Dr. Pavlo will discuss all of your options with you, and present the pros and cons of each option so you can make an educated decision. One major concern for many patients is the cost of orthodontic treatment, and the types of treatment can be covered by dental insurance. While clear and ceramic braces can be slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces, they should still be covered by most insurance plans that include orthodontic coverage. Before beginning any treatment, it is important to fully understand your benefits so you are not surprised at any point during your treatment. Some plans may choose not to cover options other than metal braces.
In the past, there were concerns about the longevity of clear and ceramic braces. It is true that they may not be as strong as metal braces and patients need to be slightly more cautious while wearing them. However, today’s brackets are more advanced and stronger than ever before.