If you like the reliability of metal braces, but do not like how conspicuous they are, clear and ceramic braces are a great alternative. They work in the same manner as traditional metal braces but are much less noticeable.
Some patients do not want to draw even more attention to their orthodontic issues during their treatment. We understand that and offer clear and ceramic braces for patients who are looking for a more aesthetically-pleasing option. Clear braces have brackets that are see-through, while the brackets of ceramic braces are made of tooth-colored material. Some of these systems even use clear wires to increase the cosmetic appeal.
Ceramic and Clear Braces in Peabody & Newburyport
Ceramic and clear braces are placed in the teeth in the same way that metal braces are. The brackets will be bonded and cured, and then the wire will attach via the ligature ties. The wires will be replaced and/or tightened at every visit. You may experience some initial soreness or discomfort in the days right after your braces are placed or tightened.
The most obvious advantage of clear and ceramic braces is that they are much less noticeable than regular braces. This feature can be appealing to teenagers and adults who may not want to draw attention to themselves during treatment.
Just as with anything in life, there are some disadvantages. The main disadvantage of clear and ceramic braces is that they can stain if they are not properly cared for. We recommend limiting the amount of strain-inducing foods and drinks you consume, such as coffee or dark sodas. You should brush and floss regularly to ensure proper oral care and reduce the risk of staining.
Dr. Pavlo Will Discuss All of Your Options
Peabody Orthodontics Dr. Pavlo will discuss all of your options with you, and present the pros and cons of each option so you can make an educated decision. One major concern for many patients is the cost of orthodontic treatment, and the types of treatment can be covered by dental insurance. While clear and ceramic braces can be slightly more expensive than traditional metal braces, they should still be covered by most insurance plans that include orthodontic coverage. Before beginning any treatment, it is important to fully understand your benefits so you are not surprised at any point during your treatment. Some plans may choose not to cover options other than metal braces.
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In the past, there were concerns about the longevity of clear and ceramic braces. It is true that they may not be as strong as metal braces and patients need to be slightly more cautious while wearing them. However, today’s brackets are more advanced and stronger than ever before. Contact Pavlo Orthodntics office now for more information.
Frequently Asked Questions
Clear ceramic braces are an alternative to traditional metal braces that rely on ceramic composites to manufacture brackets and sometimes even the wires used to move your teeth. In essence, ceramic braces work the same way conventional metal braces do, but they are considerably more discreet, letting you carry on with your day and not having to worry too much about the unwanted attention that usually goes hand-in-hand with orthodontics.
Ceramic braces can fix almost all the cases of orthodontic problems that traditional metal braces could. However, considering that ceramic composites are not as durable as stainless steel, you will have to consult with a board-certified orthodontist who studies your case carefully and informs you what level of care you require. Please remember this when attending your first appointment and try to keep an open mind about the available treatment options.
The main disadvantages are that when compared to stainless steel orthodontic appliances, ceramic braces are not as durable, meaning not every patient is eligible. Likewise, you will have to be especially careful not to eat foods that can easily damage your orthodontic appliance.
No. Removing ceramic braces won’t hurt; your orthodontist has enough training on how to install and remove braces so that they won’t let you feel any pain. You might feel some discomfort, but there shouldn’t be any pain while we work on your smile.
You are free to do whatever you want during your treatment. However, you should still keep in mind that smoking can make your treatment underperform, and you might stain your teeth due to the nicotine and smoke. You wouldn’t want to choose a discreet orthodontic treatment option only to stain everything and defeat the purpose of a clear dental alignment device, right?
The first recommendation we have to give is that you will need to continue brushing your teeth frequently, preferably after every meal. Maintaining good oral hygiene habits is essential if you want your braces to remain in top shape. You will likewise want to know which foods can damage your braces or the beverages that could stain your teeth and avoid them altogether.