Braces in Barrington, RI

Braces are a rite of passage for anyone, of any age, who wants to perfect their smile, but there are so many different kinds of braces to choose from. At Jaffe Orthodontics we discuss these options with our patients getting braces in Barrington and Portsmouth, RI, and select the best option depending on treatment type, aesthetic preference, cost, and lifestyle. Our technicians are fully certified in everything from traditional braces to Invisalign, and today we’re going to outline the primary differences between ceramic and traditional braces.

What are “Traditional” Braces?

  • – Traditional braces have been the tried and true braces treatment for decades, and while their design has improved and become more streamlined over time it has not changed significantly.
  • – Traditional braces consist of metal brackets fixed to the teeth with special cement, which support an “archwire” that runs across and connects all of the teeth on either the top, bottom, or both rows.
  • – The wire applies gentle tension and pressure that slowly shifts the position of the teeth. The wire is secured to the brackets with rubber “ligatures,” these are the colorful rubber bands we associate with traditional braces.

How are Ceramic Braces Different?

  • – Ceramic braces use the same principle ingredients of an archwire and brackets fixed to the teeth with cement, but these brackets are made of a different material.
  • – The brackets in ceramic braces are made of a tooth-colored material called polycrystalline alumina, which blends in with the teeth and is more subtle than metal brackets.
  • – There is no other significant difference between traditional and ceramic braces, however, because of their material ceramic braces are slightly more fragile than metal braces and are therefore more suitable for adults and teens who can care for them.

What Braces Type is Right for Me?

Consider these two things: appearance and cost.
Will the appearance of metal braces affect your confidence in any way? Do you prefer to style your clothing to match the colorful ligatures of metal braces, or would you like your braces to take a fashionable back-seat, and nearly blend in? Would you be even more interested in a completely transparent orthodontic appliance like Invisalign?

It is important to keep in mind that Ceramic braces cost more than traditional metal braces. They are more expensive to produce and can be slightly more susceptible to breaking. You may find their appearance to be more polished and professional than metal braces, so it is a matter of preference and what you are willing to invest.

Consult Your Orthodontist Today

If you’re interested in finding out more about the different types of braces, contact us and we can answer any questions, or refer to our website for more. If you’re ready to take the leap and get started with braces treatment, fill out an appointment request and we’ll schedule you for a full consultation! Our team at Jaffe Orthodontics can’t wait to help you achieve the smile you’ve been dreaming of.

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