Ceramic Braces Are Clear Braces
If you want the strength and reliability of traditional metal braces, but with a more subtle appearance, ceramic braces can be an excellent option.
Ceramic braces are clear, tooth-colored braces that come in colored braces, esthetic braces, or even porcelain braces. They work the same way as traditional metal braces and offer a cosmetic alternative to the metal by using clear brackets.
They’re the same shape and size, but far less noticeable when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties.
Although they’re less noticeable, ceramic braces can be less durable than metal braces, and also more costly. Ceramic braces are the perfect braces for anyone who don't want their braces to stand out and don’t want to keep up with aligners.
Ceramic Braces Vs. Metal Braces
Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Although ceramic braces are also tough, they are made from a different, more fragile material that is easier to chip or crack. Traditional braces are also able to tolerate more pressure than newer ceramic ones.
If you require more severe corrections, metal braces could be the better option. Adjustments have to be slightly smaller with ceramic braces, so it can take a little more time to align your teeth successfully. Having said that, both types of braces work on the same principles and tend to be equally as effective in most cases.
Some people worry about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn’t been a problem for several years. Ceramic brackets won’t stain. However, the adhesive used to attach the brackets to the teeth can stain, and so can the clear elastic ties used to hold the wires in.
This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time. Some ceramic braces patients will avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining, but this is likely unnecessary since we place new 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.
A Real Ollins Orthodontics Patient With Ceramic Braces
Cost of Ceramic Braces
On the whole, ceramic braces will generally cost more over the course of treatment than metal braces.
When looking at the cost of treatment, one of the biggest factors is the materials used to craft your braces. Currently, ceramic brackets tend to be more costly than metal brackets. The work involved in putting braces on, adjusting them, and taking them off must also be factored into the total cost of treatment.
Placing and removing ceramic braces is more sensitive to technique and requires more time. Your adjustments may be more involved.
The good news is, Ollins Orthodontics offer one-fee payment plans at no-interest, and we'll also check with your insurance company for orthodontic benefits. Our goal is to provide outstanding value for reasonable fees.
While those treatment fees will vary depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment, Drs. Ollins will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our office will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
Best for Adults
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with our doctors, we can determine what treatment you need, and which treatment option is likely to be best for you and your smile.
Because ceramic brackets are often more costly than metal brackets, and due to them being more vulnerable to breakage, we feel that ceramic braces are generally better suited to adults and older teens.
Schedule a free exam with us to learn more about the suitability of ceramic braces for your particular case.