Overview of Clear/Ceramic Braces
At Northeast Orthodontic Specialists, all of our team of professionals could tell you all about braces. Traditionally, braces are made with metal wires fastened to your teeth by metallic gray or silver brackets made from medical-grade stainless steel. However, ceramic or clear braces serve as an alternative by using brackets made from polycrystalline alumina, transparent or tooth-colored. The brackets are connected to an archwire, which can also be transparent or colored to match your enamel, and slowly pull your teeth into the proper alignment.
Who’s a Good Candidate For Ceramic Braces?
If all of your adult teeth have already come in, and you’ve mostly stopped growing, an orthodontist can recommend types of adult orthodontic treatment for you. Teeth that are still growing run the risk of breaking ceramic brackets due to their excessive movement. The straightening process would also take longer, as your teeth would fight against your braces to grow in their current place instead of a straighter position.
Ceramic braces are good for people who want their braces to be less subtle. Because the brackets and wires can be clear or tooth-colored, it’s harder to detect them at a glance. This is ideal for people who find themselves self-conscious about wearing braces while talking to others.
What Are The Advantages of Clear Braces?
- The brackets and are transparent, and the archwire can be colored to match your teeth. This allows them to blend in seamlessly. While still visible up close, they’re subtle enough to give people more confidence about wearing them in professional or academic settings.
- Clear braces move teeth faster than other subtle methods, such as clear aligners. In general, braces take about 18 to 36 months to straighten your teeth fully. Clear aligners can take up to a year or longer, even in mild cases. Clear braces are also more effective at treating severe cases of misalignment, crooked bites, and other dental issues that clear aligners aren’t designed to handle.
- Because ceramic brackets tend to be smaller and more rounded than metal brackets, ceramic braces are less likely to irritate your gums or cause discomfort.
- Ceramic braces don’t interfere with magnetic imaging tests (MRI), causing less signal loss and image distortion than traditional metal braces.
What Kinds Of Conditions Can Clear Braces Treat?
Because they still function like traditional metal braces, clear braces can treat the same conditions. These include gaps in the teeth, overcrowding, misaligned teeth, and overbites. Correcting these conditions early can help prevent discomfort, speech impediments, tooth decay and loss, and even some serious health issues later in life.
Due to advances in the technology used to bond brackets to teeth, clear braces are less likely to cause tooth discoloration than metal braces. Traditional bonding agents can cause demineralization of enamel, which weakens it in places. This makes the pulp underneath the enamel more visible, giving the tooth a slightly yellowed hue.
Length Of Treatment?
Ceramic braces take about a year and a half to three years to complete treatment compared to metal braces that take between several months up to three years. Because ceramic is less durable than metal, it runs the risk of breaking under the pressure of moving your teeth. Therefore, ceramic brackets have to be replaced more often than metal brackets. This leads to a slower adjustment time, as well as more orthodontic visits.
Contact Us Today!
Whether cosmetic braces are right for you or not, the health of your teeth is still vital. Trust the professionals at Northeast Orthodontic Specialists to keep your smile bright and beautiful. For over 25 years, we have provided our patients with the best service available in both the Cincinnati and Loveland areas. Our flexible schedules, affordable treatment options, and emphasis on safety and comfort have made us the top choice for you and your family. If you would like more information, give us a call at 513-793-4770, or you can schedule an appointment using our online form. We look forward to helping you!