Differences Between Traditional and Ceramic Braces
It a truly natural desire to want bystanders to notice anything else besides your massive metal braces; for instance, your beautiful smiling lips or silky-soft shiny skin. But traditional orthodontic appliances make this desire seem simply impossible.
Fortunately, nowadays, orthodontic dentistry is able to offer a whole range of good aesthetic-looking dental braces, ranging from your own tooth color to absolutely clear options. Such a variety of alternatives makes patients both delighted and concerned.
That is why they ask the questions about which type of braces are the best to choose, what medical contraindications influence the final choice of dental braces type, what are the special requirements for the placement and care of ceramic. So, I decided to provide the answers to at least the most popular concerns about ceramic braces concerns in this article.
What Are Benefits of Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces fully resemble the traditional metal ones in the terms of their shape and size, but are almost invisible even at a close distance, thanks to their color pattern, which is achieved by using special composite materials.
This allows the patients not to be ashamed of their braces anymore and prevents them from hiding their smiles behind their hands and thus, boosts their self-esteem.
The ceramic braces are obviously much easier for your orthodontist to remove, than the metal alternatives, except on odd occasions, when a piece of the bracket gets stuck.
Additionally, these orthodontic appliances are not prone to staining, unless you choose the clear option. However, even the tooth colored ceramic braces require special care, as their changeable bands still become stained and have to be regularly replaced by your dental care provider.
Unlike plastic braces, the ceramic ones do not get brittle over time and are much harder to chip or crack, as they are considerably stronger than the teeth’s enamel.
What Are the Weak Points of Ceramic Braces?
Do not expect ceramic braces to provide immediate teeth shifting results. These orthodontic appliances take slightly longer time to align your teeth, since they are not as strong as the metal braces.
Also, the obvious difficulty many patients face with ceramic braces is the price. These orthodontic appliances cost up to $1000 more than metal braces. However, this expense is fully justified, as the manufacturing of the ceramic braces calls for more precise work for the dental engineers and more follow-up care for the orthodontist.
As the ceramic braces are stronger than the teeth’s enamel, they might actually lead to damage of the teeth’s enamel. This might occur if your teeth bite down on these orthodontic appliances. If you have any concerns about the adjustment of the ceramic braces, immediately visit your dental care provider to fix the problem to avoid further damage to your teeth.
What Are the Contraindications of Ceramic Braces?
Unfortunately, not all the patients have the wonderful chance to enjoy the invisible orthodontic treatment provided by ceramic braces. For instance, these dental appliances are not actually suitable for the patients with major orthodontic disorders, such as a deep overbite, as they will damage the teeth’s enamel.
As ceramic braces are not really strong, when compared to the metal ones, they are not usually recommended for those patients, who participate in contact sports, or for professional sportsmen.
What Does the Placement and Removal Procedures of Ceramic Braces Involve?
Similar to metal braces, ceramic ones are placed on the visible part of your teeth with a bracket. Their proper placement and adjustment is ensured with strong dental adhesives and a special plasma light.
Ceramic braces are considerably easier to be removed compared to the metal ones. After the therapy is over, your orthodontist uses special tiny dental tools to take the ceramic braces off your teeth.
Even though it is rare for small pieces of the braces to become stuck between the teeth, the majority of removals can be managed in the orthodontist’s chair.
Cost of Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces come with various advantages and are a bit more expensive than metal braces. There are, however, a few interesting factors worth knowing about the braces and the final cost.
– Stainless steel is the material used in metal braces which is cheaper than ceramic. In other words, it’s the ceramic material that makes ceramic braces so expensive.
– As ceramic braces are less visible than metal ones, anyone using them needn’t feel shy about speaking or smiling with their braces on. This means that people wearing ceramic braces don’t feel so embarrassed about them and won’t be reluctant to speak in public.
– There are some cases where you needn’t pay more for ceramic braces than the metal ones. This is because the cost varies as it’s based on the number of, and condition of the teeth to be corrected, the patient’s age and the location.
The higher the number of teeth to be corrected, the poorer the condition of the teeth, the older the patient is, and having the braces done in an urban orthodontist’s clinic leads to more expensive ceramic braces.
– Not only are ceramic braces more expensive, you need to make more trips to the orthodontist for maintenance and adjustments. This means more expense. Moreover, ceramic braces are not as sturdy as metal ones, and have a higher chance of chips or cracks which adds to the cost.
– If you think that ceramic braces are expensive, there aren’t the most expensive around!
They are only slightly more expensive than metal braces, while inside braces which are placed on the teeth’s opposite sides and thus can’t be seen by the naked eye is much more expensive than ceramics.
Even aligners which are removable trays that are custom fit to match your teeth are much more expensive than ceramics.
What Special Care Is Required for Ceramic Braces?
Follow these simple recommendations to make your ceramic braces serve you during the entire orthodontic therapy period:
- Use an electric toothbrush to clean your braces regularly.
- Avoid using whitening toothpastes.
- Ask your orthodontist about special flossing techniques.
- Avoid drinking soda and deeply colored beverages or at least use a straw.
- Visit your orthodontist on a regular basis. Get your ceramic braces’ bands replaced monthly to avoid staining.
And finally, remember that the final choice and placement of ceramic braces is influenced both by your personal aesthetic preferences and your orthodontist’s expertise.