At iSmile Orthodontics, we provide a range of different treatment options including ceramic “clear” braces. This is a suitable option for patients who would like to straighten their teeth discreetly but are not candidates for Invisalign.
Although ceramic braces function in the same way as traditional braces, they are a more discreet form of treatment as brackets are made from a ceramic or porcelain material. Your brackets can be clear or even coloured to match your natural tooth colour. This can drastically improve the appearance of your orthodontic appliance.
While the wire that runs across the teeth are still made of metal, as shown in the image below, ceramic braces are still a much more conservative approach.
As with all treatment options, there are advantages and disadvantages to ceramic braces. Although some of these may be specific to the individual, here are some things you should consider before undergoing treatment:
Treatments like Invisalign use a clear retainer to straighten teeth; making it incredibly discreet. Although it is an attractive option amongst older teens and adults, Invisalign may be an unsuitable option depending on the extent of misalignment.
If you have large gaps between teeth or severe misalignment, clear aligners may not be an option for you. Ceramic Braces on the other hand, have the capability of performing complex tooth movements and may be a more suitable option.
We recommend booking a consultation with one of our experienced orthodontists who will be able to assess your alignment and create a treatment plan based around what you hope to achieve.
Maintaining your ceramic braces should not require any more maintenance than metal braces. During orthodontic treatment, your teeth and gums can be more vulnerable to harmful bacteria and plaque can build up around brackets and wires where it’s harder to brush.
It is important to brush carefully around your brackets and wires to remove any plaque buildup and floss between your teeth (our orthodontist will be able to show you how to do this).
Although your ceramic braces will not stain, it is possible that the elastic bands that secure your wires will stain. In order to prevent this, consider avoiding certain foods and drinks that are rich in pigment (for example, coffee, wine, curries and tomato based sauces).
For people with severe misalignment but want to straighten their teeth as discreetly as possible, ceramic braces could be a great option. Patients who undergo this method of treatment receive the same effectiveness as traditional orthodontics but without the look of metal braces.
At iSmile Orthodontics, we want you to make the best decision for your oral health. This includes considering aspects such as your goals, facial aesthetics and lifestyle.