IClear (Ceramic Braces)
Orthodontics traditionally required shiny metal braces that would be very obvious to others. On children and even teens, they were somewhat expected as such a large population of adolescents require braces for straightening their teeth, helping with overcrowding, or correcting their bite. But for some adolescents and adults, they want a less conspicuous type of braces. That is where clear ceramic braces come in. These work just as effectively as regular metal braces, though they are made from ceramic with a color similar to your natural teeth.
How are Ceramic Braces Made?
Ceramic braces are made from composite materials and ceramic alloys. The composite materials are similar to those used for bonding and white filling, with the same method of adjusting them to fit the right shade of your natural teeth. This is how they become “invisible” as they blend in nicely with your teeth. While up close, you can tell there are braces there, they are nowhere near as obvious as traditional metal braces. There are also wires between the ceramic brackets, some of which can also be made translucent.
What are the Benefits?
The primary benefit to choosing clear ceramic braces is that they are less noticeable. Individuals that need corrective orthodontic treatment but are worried about their appearance with braces, often choose ceramic braces. They are more expensive than traditional braces, but generally less expensive than other options, like lingual braces or Invisalign. Additionally, when patients have the option of choosing a less conspicuous type of orthodontic treatment, they are more likely to get braces and avoid further complications later on.
What are the Disadvantages?
Ceramic is a more fragile material than metal, therefore making them more susceptible to cracking or breaking. When you choose to get ceramic braces, you must practice more caution than others with different sorts of braces will need. There may also be more friction between the ceramic brackets, which can cause more time and effort to go into the ties or wires in between the brackets. Additionally, ceramic is harder than the enamel of your teeth, so you have to be careful with what comes in contact with the ceramic brackets.
The Cost of Ceramic Braces
On average, ceramic braces cost slightly more in total than with traditional, metal braces. This is due to the extra time and effort it takes to match the ceramic, for the materials themselves, and the maintenance provided by the orthodontist. The costs of course depend on the type of dental insurance, the dentist and exactly how many teeth the ceramic braces are worn on, as well as how long the patient needs to wear them.
There are many different varieties of braces now provided by orthodontists, giving adolescents and adults an option in what they use for correcting their teeth and their bite. They not only straighten the teeth for aesthetic value, but with ceramic braces, the patient can also correct their bite and help with other dental complications as a result of their teeth and jaw.
Dr. Olmsted is committed to providing quality dental care to patients in Oak Ridge, Stokesdale, Colfax, Summerfield, Greensboro, High Point, and Kernersville. If you would like a consultation, call us at 336-441-8301.