A Clear Alternative from Johnson Orthodontics
Ceramic braces are also referred to as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces. They work the same way metal braces do but are designed to be much less noticeable on your teeth.
They’re smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material. These ceramic options will blend in well with your natural smile.
Though they aren’t totally invisible, and the brackets are about the same size and shape, they’re much less obvious than metal braces.
Ceramic Braces in Rehoboth Beach & Lewes
When paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties, ceramic brackets are a subtle way to straighten your teeth.
This option is especially attractive if you are an esthetic-minded adult or teen in Rehoboth Beach.
Ceramic braces are perfect if you want an esthetic treatment option but don’t want the extra hassle and wear time responsibilities of clear aligner systems like Invisalign.
Even though most Rehoboth Beach patients with clear braces love how discreet they are, many teens and adults like to use colored ligature ties to give their braces an almost neon look.
Differences Between Ceramic and Metal Braces
Metal braces are known for being strong and durable. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they’re made from a different, more fragile material that can chip or crack more easily. Traditional braces can also tolerate more pressure than newer ceramic ones.
If you need drastic corrections, metal braces from Johnson Orthodontics could be a better option. Adjustments with ceramic braces have to be slightly smaller, so it can take a little longer to align your teeth.
With that in mind, both types of braces work on the same principles and tend to work just as well in most cases. If you’re worried about ceramic braces staining, this hasn’t been a problem for several years.
Ceramic brackets won’t stain, but the adhesive used to attach the brackets to your teeth and the clear elastic ties that hold the wires in can stain.
This can give an overall impression of discoloration or staining over time. You can choose to avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining, but you don’t need to. We change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
Clear Braces for Adults
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Jonathan Johnson, we can determine your treatment needs and which option is best for you and your smile.
We think clear braces are usually better suited to adults and older teens because ceramic brackets are more likely to break. They’re also more expensive than metal brackets in Rehoboth Beach.
Schedule a free consultation at Johnson Orthodontics to learn if ceramic braces may be right for you.