What Are Clear Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal braces except for the fact they are made out of a clear, ceramic material that is considerably less noticeable. Rather than metallic silver or gray wires and brackets, ceramic braces use tooth-colored or clear brackets. If you are considering orthodontic treatment, you have numerous options available at your disposal. Choosing the right orthodontic treatment is an important, yet difficult, decision. The choice you make will have an impact on the cost, duration of treatment, and individual comfort. Fortunately, the team at Star Orthodontics is there to help you stay informed and make the best decision for you. Let’s take a look at the benefits of clear ceramic braces and how they compare to both traditional metal braces and Invisalign.

Benefits of Clear Ceramic Braces

Hard to Notice

One of the greatest benefits of opting for ceramic braces is they are hardly noticeable while on your teeth due to their clear material construction. You can get the brackets in a color that matches your teeth or clear. The wires are also available in less noticeable shades.

Less Allergenic

One of the most common allergic reactions seen in the dental industry is with dental appliances that use nickel. There are various forms of metals that are used in orthodontics, including nickel being one of the most common. For example, there is roughly eight percent of nickel found in stainless steel alloys. Ceramic braces contain no trace of metal, eliminating the risk of an allergic reaction.

No Limitations

Ceramic braces are a very similar treatment to metal braces except they are clear. They can also be used for similar orthodontic treatments—ones that are more complex and cannot be repaired with Invisalign.

Ceramic Braces vs. Traditional Metal Braces

Although very similar, ceramic braces and traditional metal braces do have their differences.

Ceramic Braces Are Less Noticeable

You’ve probably caught on by now that ceramic braces are clear and not as visible to others. Because the material used is the same color as the teeth or clear, ceramic braces aren’t nearly as noticeable when you talk or smile as metal braces are.

Ceramic Braces Are Marginally Less Durable

Ceramic is not as durable of a material as metal, and because of this, ceramic braces are more likely to fracture or break off. While this may be true, with proper care of ceramic braces, you are unlikely to have a problem and need to have them replaced throughout your treatment program.

Ceramic Braces Are Slightly More Expensive

While it may be true that you will pay slightly more for ceramic braces than metal ones, they continue to be a cost-effective way to restore your smile.

Ceramic Braces vs. Invisalign 

While both ceramic braces and Invisalign retainer trays are clear and barely noticeable, there are a few ways in which these types of orthodontic treatments are different from one another.

Ceramic Braces Offer a Quicker Treatment Duration

When compared to Invisalign, ceramic braces can speed up your orthodontic treatment program. Generally, it takes roughly 18 to 36 months to benefit from straight teeth when using ceramic braces. Invisalign can sometimes take longer, depending on the individual situation.

Ceramic Braces Work for Complex Orthodontic Needs

Ceramic braces serve as a clear alternative when you don’t qualify for Invisalign due to malocclusion or severe misalignment. While Invisalign works well with mild to moderate crowding and alignment issues, it cannot be used in challenging dental situations. This is where ceramic braces come in, allowing you to get the full orthodontic treatment you need with a more natural appearance.

Ceramic Braces Are Less Expensive

Although ceramic braces are slightly more expensive than metal braces, they are cheaper than Invisalign. The exact cost of ceramic braces—and other orthodontic treatment options—will vary from one location to the next. If you are concerned about the cost of clear ceramic braces, our clinic not only accepts various forms of insurance, but flexible payment plans are also available.

Are Clear Ceramic Braces for You?

All forms of orthodontic treatment have their pros and cons. Just because one method worked great for the neighborhood kid down the road, it doesn’t mean it will be the best option for you or your child. To determine what type of orthodontic care is best suited for you, schedule a consultation with us. We will assess your orthodontic situation and walk you through the different treatment options available. We can help you decide what course of treatment is best for your individual case. Ready to restore your beautiful smile? Get in touch with our dental office today!