The good news for patients is that there are now many ways to correct alignment issues. If you have been dreading the look and feel of traditional metal braces, ceramic braces may be just the alternative you’re looking for. Explore the pros and cons below:
- Some patients report that ceramic braces cause less pain in the gums and cheeks. People usually focus on looks, but comfort is also an important factor when choosing braces.
- The unique things about ceramic braces are that the brackets that sit on top of the teeth are either semi-translucent or tooth-colored. That helps them blend in well and minimizes the embarrassment people feel about wearing braces.
- High-quality ceramic braces are incredibly strong, even when compared to metal braces. It is very hard to damage or degrade these braces unless you seriously abuse them. That helps patients avoid unwelcome maintenance costs.
- Ceramic braces can be more expensive than their metal counterparts, but they’re not guaranteed to be more expensive. It depends entirely on the patient, and their orthodontic needs.
- Ceramic braces are slightly larger than traditional braces, but since they blend in so well it’s not noticeable.
- The ceramic brackets that are attached to your teeth are connected by tiny rubber bands just like with traditional braces. Since rubber is a porous material, it can stain or discolor over time. Staining or discoloration of teeth are both issues to be cautious of, but rarely a major concern since the rubber bands are switched out every time you visit the dentist.
- Ceramic braces stand up well to damage but have problems when exposed to too much pressure over the long term. Patients who require extensive treatment to correct alignment issues may not be able to wear ceramic braces.
On the whole, ceramic braces have a lot to offer and very few real draw backs. The only way to determine if they are right for you is to have a consultation with an orthodontist. A doctor will be able to tell for sure what kind of braces are a good fit for your mouth, your alignment issues, and your lifestyle. Set up a consultation by calling Simply Smile Orthodontics at 954-280-1810.