Alternatives To Metal Braces
Ceramic & Clear Braces
While metal braces are very effective, many teens and adults who are considering orthodontic treatment feel that metal braces may detract from the beauty of their smile while they are worn. If you are interested in more subtle options for correction, ceramic or clear braces may be right for you. These options give you the ability to improve your smile using tooth-colored or clear brackets, so you’ll remain confident throughout your entire treatment.
Subtle Orthodontic Treatment
Benefits of Clear & Ceramic Braces
The main benefits of ceramic or clear braces are cosmetic. Unlike metal braces, clear or ceramic braces blend in with your natural teeth, making your braces appear less obvious. In turn, this can boost your self-esteem and make you feel better about your orthodontic treatment. Adult patients, in particular, tend to prefer clear or ceramic braces for this reason. Some patients also say that clear and ceramic braces are more comfortable, and that the ceramic brackets used do not irritate their lips or cheeks as much.
How Ceramic Braces Move Your Teeth
Understanding the Basics
Once your ceramic braces have been applied, they will exert gentle pressure on your teeth, encouraging them to move into the proper position. The roots of your teeth will press against the “alveolar bone” in your jaw. Over time, the pressure will cause this bone to dissolve, allowing your teeth to move in the correct direction. As this happens, new bone will form in the gap left behind by your tooth, ensuring that it remains in the proper position.
The Placement Process
What To Expect
The process of placing a set of clear or ceramic braces is virtually identical to placing traditional metal braces. First, Dr. Patel cleans your teeth, and a clear or tooth-colored ceramic bracket will be bonded onto each of them. Next, a metal archwire will be placed and secured in place with clear rubber ligatures. You may feel a light pressure for the first few days, but this will diminish over time as your teeth begin to move.
The Basics Of Tooth-Colored Braces
Ceramic Braces vs. Metal Braces
Ceramic braces are made out of a special ceramic material that matches the color of your teeth. When combined with a coated metal archwire and transparent ligatures, ceramic braces are nearly invisible. It is important to commit to taking proper care of your ceramic or clear braces and keep up with a proper oral hygiene routine throughout your treatment to ensure that the braces continue to match the color of your teeth.
How Long is Treatment with Clear Braces?
The length of your treatment is highly dependent on the specifics of your case. Treatment time with ceramic braces takes no longer than treatment with metal braces. The average length of treatment is usually 18-24 months. For more information, we recommend scheduling an appointment with Dr. Patel to discuss your unique needs.
Discuss Your Orthodontic Needs
Schedule An Appointment Today
If you are interested in learning more, schedule a consultation at Bucks Mont Orthodontics. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Patel, give us a call at (215) 398-0794, or stop by our office at 1520 Main Street, Suite 202, Warrington, PA 18976. We’re always happy to meet new patients.