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Ceramic Braces


Woman with ceramic braces on teethBraces today come with a large range of variations to suit everybody’s needs. Most patients are familiar with the standard metal braces that consist of a series of brackets that are linked together by a metal wire and elastic bands. At Senestraro Family Orthodontics, we offer both traditional metal braces along with many safe and effective alternatives including ceramic braces. This option is often recommended to patients who are concerned about how braces will look. Ceramic braces are exceptionally popular among our adult patients who want to maintain a professional look, and teenagers.

Braces play a necessary role in correcting bite issues such as overcrowding, crooked, and misalignment. These common issues can lead to bigger problems, while affecting your self-confidence and your oral health. Malocclusion correction using braces is an excellent way to correct these issues before they lead to more complicated problems.

You can achieve the same orthodontic correction in a more discreet way. Ceramic braces use tooth-colored or clear brackets, they are designed to blend in with your teeth, making them less noticeable. We can even use tooth-colored wires to help them hide even more.

Traditional Braces versus Ceramic Braces


The end result of both traditional braces and ceramic braces is to pull your teeth in a controlled way to their correct position. The differences include:
•  Color: The major difference between traditional and ceramic braces is the material being used. Traditional braces come in just one color, metal colored metal. There is no getting around their dark grey color, they will always just look like metal in your mouth. Ceramic braces can be colored to match the color of our teeth. Ceramic braces are made with ceramic materials such as porcelain or zirconia.
•  Size: Ceramic brackets a smaller than metal brackets, helping them be less noticeable and disappear in your mouth. It also may make flossing and trying to remove stuck food easier.
•  Cost: Ceramic braces are more expensive. The change in material consists of a change in cost. This is the primary reason that ceramic braces may not be right for everyone.
•  Durability: Ceramic brackets are not quite as durable as metal brackets; breakage can sometimes occur. For most people this may not prove to be problematic, but if the patient regularly engages in sports or outdoor recreation, it may not be the best option.
•  Staining: Ceramic brackets are subject to staining. A downside of their tooth color, meaning lite color, is that staining can occur. We recommend that patients try to stay clear of dark foods and liquids, such as coffee, or be sure to rinse with water following consumption to reduce the likelihood of staining.
•  Easy Removal: The bonding agent we use to attach ceramic braces minimizes any possible damage and are generally easier to remove when treatment is complete. Metal brackets require a different bonding agent that can be hard on your teeth.

Effectiveness of Ceramic Braces


Ceramic braces are very effective, they follow the same orthodontic process of traditional braces. In general, ceramic braces are ideal for patients without severe malocclusions, this is because they are more subject to breakage than metal brackets.

Schedule Your Appointment


If you think clear ceramic braces are right for you, give us a call at (503) 446-5815 today to schedule your consultation.
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