Clear, Stainless Brackets
Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on older teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns. While they are visually less prominent, they do require more attention to oral hygiene as ceramic braces are larger and are more brittle than their metal counterparts. For these reasons, ceramic braces tend to be used more on upper front teeth than on lower teeth. Let Dr. Potter and his team help you decide which braces are right for you.
How Do They Work?
During a consultation, an our team will examine your teeth and determine the best solution for you. If you choose ceramic braces, we will work with you to plan the course of treatment that works best with you. When you get your braces, a ceramic bracket will be attached to each misaligned tooth. Each bracket is customized to adjust the tooth to the proper location and angle. The bracket has a slot for the wire that will form an arch around the teeth. Using gentle pressure, the wire will move the teeth into the ideal positions. As with metal braces, it’s important to keep them clean. Otherwise, food and dirt buildup will stain the ceramic and maybe even your teeth.
Advantages of Clear Ceramic Braces
- They blend in with the natural color of the teeth and are less noticeable than metal.
- The ceramic brackets do not stain (but the clear elastic wires or ties holding the brackets to your teeth are susceptible to staining.) However, since these ties are changed usually every month, any staining is virtually unnoticeable.
- JThe Wiring along the brackets can be virtually invisable too.
Braces At Any Age
Braces aren’t just for teenagers! Teeth can be straightened at any age. Now more than ever, wearing braces is much more efficient, convenient and comfortable. You can even add your own style to your traditional metal braces with colored bands. Show team spirit, support for a charity or celebrate a holiday with colored bands of your choosing!