Ceramic Braces In Philadelphia, PA
Most people are familiar with braces: a series of brackets linked together by a metal wire and elastic bands. Crowded, crooked, and misaligned teeth can lead to issues with your self-confidence and your oral health. Braces are an excellent way to correct these issues before they lead to more complicated problems.
With manufacturing options aided by computer technology, you can now find that those techniques and options have found their way into orthodontics.
The look and feel of braces have changed over the last few decades and the days of having a mouthful of metal and a silver smile are over. The modern-day version of braces can easily blend into the patient’s mouth making it harder to notice. Braces can run the gamut of lingual braces which are applied to the tongue side of the teeth to clear plastic aligners which can be removable for proper oral hygiene.
At Art of Smile – Center for Cosmetic Orthodontics in Philadelphia, PA, we offer many safe and effective alternatives to traditional metal braces. For patients concerned with aesthetics, we may recommend ceramic braces. Ceramic braces are exceptionally popular among adult patients and teenagers. They use the basic braces principles with regard to treatment but because they can be clear in color, they are less obtrusive and far less noticeable than traditional braces.
For those patients considering orthodontic treatment come see us today. We are always available to discuss these options and more regarding your treatment.
The Difference Between Traditional And Ceramic Braces
In short, the only major difference between traditional and ceramic braces is the material. Traditional braces are made with metal brackets and use a metal wire. As the name suggests, ceramic braces are made with ceramic materials such as porcelain or zirconia.
Traditional and ceramic braces both operate in the same way, by adjusting pressure throughout treatment. Both types of braces also require the use of elastic bands, which attach the wire to the brackets. These similarities also result in comparable treatment times. Retainers will need to be worn after both types of braces in order to maintain your newly aligned teeth.
However, ceramic brackets are clear or tooth-colored, making them much more discrete than metal ones. Ceramic braces can also be equipped with transparent wires to make the appliance even less noticeable. On top of that, the elastic bands can also be clear or tooth-colored.
The Effectiveness Of Ceramic Braces
Because they are structurally and operationally similar to traditional braces, ceramic braces are also very effective. However, the effectiveness of ceramic braces depends on the severity of your orthodontic issues. In general, ceramic braces are ideal for adult patients without severe malocclusions.
Obviously, one of the biggest benefits is they are far less noticeable than traditional braces. The ceramic material can be clear or, in fact, tinted to match the existing color of the patient’s teeth to allow them to better blend. Ceramic braces also take less time to reach the patient’s orthodontic goals. The average length of time wearing ceramic braces is 18 to 36 months. It is important to note that alignment trays cannot fix severe orthodontic problems. These problems include malocclusion and jaw misalignment.
Interestingly enough, while it used to be that patients wanted the orthodontic work to blend in with their teeth, now patients have taken to using their braces as an expression of themselves choosing colors and options that make the braces standout as an accessory to their appearance.
Benefits Of Ceramic Braces
• Ceramic braces have many benefits over traditional braces, some of which include:
• Better aesthetics: Your brackets, wires, and elastic bands will be much less noticeable than their metal counterparts.
• Smaller brackets: Ceramic braces also include smaller brackets, which again can improve the aesthetics of your appliance. Smaller brackets can also be more comfortable, causing less friction on the inside of your cheeks and lips. They also make it easier to keep your teeth clean.
• Comparable results: Ceramic braces can be just as effective as traditional ones, depending on the type of issue that needs correcting. Other aesthetic appliances, such as clear aligner trays may be more discrete, but they can also be less effective. Ceramic braces are a good middle ground for patients who want optimal results and a discrete appliance.
• Easy removal: Ceramic braces are easy to remove once your treatment is complete. The type of bonding agent we use also minimizes the possibility of damaging your enamel both during treatment and the removal process. Metal brackets require a different bonding agent that can be hard on your teeth.
The Downsides To Ceramic Braces
While there are many benefits to ceramic braces there are also some potential downsides. It is up to each patient to make an individual decision as to which type of braces best meet their needs. One downside to ceramic braces is their propensity to stain. The actual ceramic brackets will never stain, unlike the elastic bands. We recommend limiting your consumption of darker foods and liquids during treatment. To prevent stains, you can also brush your braces and teeth immediately after a meal.
In many situations, the cost of ceramic braces can be more than that of traditional braces. Another drawback is with the additional cost one might think they are more durable but that is not the case. In fact, they are far less resilient than metal. The glue used is much stronger to hold the brackets in place and in some cases, once the treatment is completed and the brackets removed, this adhesive has been known to stain tooth enamel.
Also, the size of the brackets used in ceramic braces is considerably larger than those used in traditional treatment. While this might not seem important, it does create several issues. One is, it makes brushing and flossing more complicated in that they take up more room and are harder to brush and floss around. They can also irritate the gums and inside of the cheek more readily than traditional treatments. Swollen and receding gums are not uncommon because the teeth and gums are harder to reach with a standard brush.
Schedule A Consultation Appointment
Patients should come to visit us at Art of Smile – Center for Cosmetic Orthodontics to find out more. Find out if ceramic braces are right for you or your family! Call (856) 216-8009 to schedule a consultation appointment today!