Ceramic braces work very much like metal braces however, they use clear brackets rather than grey or metallic silver brackets and wires.
Ceramic braces are a popular alternative to metal braces as they’re often less noticeable compared to metal braces. If you’re considering braces and don’t feel like you want people to notice that you’re wearing them, this can be a huge incentive to choose ceramic over metal braces.
If you’re interested in ceramic braces, read on to learn the key differences between the two.
While ceramic braces have several advantages to them, there are still those who choose alternatives for any number of reasons, below are some of the pros and cons of ceramic braces compared to traditional metal braces.
Ceramic braces are recommended to anyone whose adult teeth have both come in and who has mostly stopped growing. This is to ensure a quick correction and much lower chance of brackets breaking due to the strain of tooth movement.
If you’re looking to be subtle, and quicker than clear aligners. Because of this, ceramic braces can be an excellent alternative.
Ceramic braces for the most part tend to be more expensive than metal braces. From start to finish, ceramic braces cost around $4,000 to $8,000, which is slightly more expensive than metal braces, which tend to be around $3,000 to $6,000.
Similar to all other aligners, ceramic braces aren’t often covered by healthcare or dental insurance plans. Most likely, you are going to have to purchase a separate orthodontic plan.
Even if your dental plan does cover orthodontic care, braces may not be covered if you’re getting them for cosmetic purposes, in other words, not for the correction of malocclusion or other dental conditions which inhibit normal oral function.
Ceramic braces tend to take about a year and a half or even up to three years in order to straighten teeth. This is because ceramic braces aren’t as durable, so as your teeth move, brackets may need to be replaced more often. Due to their fragility, ceramic brackets break more easily. This can cause the straightening process to take longer due to the delays in the straightening process.
Ceramics are a much less durable material than metal, so as one might think, they break more frequently. In fact, they are more than twice as likely to break than metal braces, even from nothing more than the regular pressure of just biting down.
If you play contact sports or are involved with any sort of activity that may put strain or pressure on the mouth, you may want to consider the more durable, metal option.
While the ceramic brackets themselves do not stain easily, the elastic ties can stain. Stains can be avoided however, just by following some easy steps:
One of the best parts of ceramic braces is the options to choose your colors that are changed throughout your treatment. The components include:
If you’re looking for a more subtle alternative to metal braces, ceramic braces may be right for you. Talk to Jaffe Orthodontics today with any questions you might have or to schedule an appointment. We proudly serve the Bronx, Manhattan, and Riverdale areas!