Ceramic braces are a common alternative to metal braces, although they aren’t recommended for severe cases. Ceramic braces can be a beautiful alternative to metal braces if your orthodontist recommends them. Ceramic braces were introduced back in the 1980s when the idea for less visible braces came about.
Contrary to popular belief, ceramic brackets are tough and don’t stain as easily as they used to thanks to continuing product development and technological advances.
Back in the day, plastic brackets were used for invisible braces, but plastic is porous so it tends to stain more easily. The ceramic composite they use now solves that pesky problem, making ceramic braces a great option.
One of the major reasons patients choose ceramic braces over metal braces is the cosmetic appearance ceramic presents. Ceramic braces are much less visible, except for the arch wire, making them a perfect fit for patients who are concerned about their appearance.
Metal braces have themselves become smaller over time and are less visible today than ever before. Some patients actually prefer the look of metal braces as they are able to customize the look of them with colored bands. Whichever braces you choose to take you on your orthodontic journey, your resulting smile will look great!
When comparing ceramic braces and metal braces, effectiveness is an aspect that should not be overlooked. Metal braces have incomparable durability and are difficult to break. Ceramic braces, on the other hand, are more brittle and therefore more susceptible to fracture than metal braces. To account for this structural quality, ceramic braces are necessarily slightly larger in profile than metal braces.
Ceramic, by nature, is more abrasive on tooth enamel. For patients with a deeper bite, where the upper tooth edges may contact the lower braces, metal braces may need to be placed on the lower teeth instead of ceramic braces. This is to avoid any wear on the upper tooth edges. Most patients find this acceptable because the lower braces are less visible than the upper braces when speaking and smiling.
Additionally, while both ceramic and metal braces are effective at straightening teeth, metal braces may need to be used when excessive alignment is needed. In general, braces may be uncomfortable at first, but patients quickly get accustomed to the feel in a week or so.