Ceramic braces are the same size and shape as metal braces, except that they have tooth-colored or clear brackets that blend in to teeth. Some even use tooth-colored wires to be even less noticeable.

Less noticeable than metal braces; move teeth much faster than clear plastic aligners (Invisalign).

Ceramic braces are a common alternative to traditional metal braces. Like traditional braces, they are used by an orthodontist to help realign and straighten teeth.

Do You Care About How Noticeable Your Braces Are?

Traditional metal braces are very noticeable when you smile, laugh, or talk. This can make people feel very self-conscious. Those feelings can be even greater if you have an important event coming up, like a job interview or a wedding. Ceramic braces are meant to be less noticeable, and so a good alternative to more traditional braces.

Ceramic braces have brackets made of ceramic or porcelain, or in some cases plastic. The brackets can be clear or else colored to be the same color as your teeth. Thus, they usually blend in with your teeth much better than metal braces. (People with lighter teeth do fine with clear brackets, but if you have darker teeth, having colored braces might be a better option.)
It used to be that only the brackets for these braces were ceramic, while the wire itself was made of metal. These days clear wires are available as well, making these braces even less visible.

A Note on Staining

Many articles on the internet mention staining as an issue with ceramic braces. The original ceramic braces did tend to stain (especially if they were made with a cheaper plastic). The ceramic braces of today do not have this problem.

However, the wire on braces is normally held in place with little rubber bands called ligatures. These are used for both metal braces and ceramic braces. These ligatures can stain, especially if you smoke, or drink beverages that typically stain teeth (coffee, wine, tea, etc.)

Advantages of having clear ceramic braces.

  1. Clear ceramic braces are the same shape as traditional metal braces. The brackets attached to your teeth are clear and hard to see. They can be even less noticeable if you have clear or tooth-colored wires. Clear ceramic braces need to have proper care and cleaning or they could stain from such foods as coffee, curry or colored fruit drinks and sodas.
  2. Clear ceramic braces are made from alumina compounds that are strong and non-porous. The arch wire is metal but it can be frosted, silver or white to blend with your teeth.
  3. Clear ceramic braces have smaller bracket design than traditional metal braces. The brackets take up less space on the front of your teeth. Even though they are smaller, they are very strong and resilient.
  4. Clear ceramic braces are easy to remove when your treatment is finished. Some bracket bonding agents may be hard on teeth and damage tooth enamel when they are being removed. There are technological advances for removing clear ceramic braces to minimize the possibility of damaging tooth enamel during the removal process.
  5. Clear ceramic braces us a bonding agent that does not demineralize the tooth enamel while giving superior adhesive strength so the braces are strong throughout the treatment.
  6. Clear ceramic braces provide a discrete treatment for people with teeth that are light in color.
  7. Clear ceramic braces are almost invisible from a distance or in photographs if frosted or white arch wires are used.

So, Do You Need Braces?

If you are not sure how to tell when you need braces, we recommend you to see the dentist as soon as possible. For most people, braces mean a beautiful smile. But they can also help alleviate and prevent long-term health problems. Crooked or crowded teeth are difficult to clean and maintain, which can lead to tooth decay, gum disease, and even tooth loss. Poor jaw or tooth alignment can cause abnormal wear of your teeth, an inability to chew efficiently, and excessive stress on gum tissue and the bone that support your teeth. Braces can make your teeth look and work better, and are easier to clean.

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