Do you want to position your teeth properly without the obvious appearance of metal braces getting in your way? Ceramic braces make an excellent alternative to metal braces, which can bring about unwanted discomfort and appearance. If you want to know if ceramic is the right material for your orthodontic treatment, contact Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics in Mesa, AZ and schedule a consultation.
What Are Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces use a metal archwire and rubber bands much like other braces, but the brackets are made of ceramic material. Ceramic brackets can be clear, or our orthodontist can choose a color that will match your teeth for a discreet appearance. This is why braces made of ceramic material are sometimes referred to as “clear braces” or “tooth-colored braces.”
These braces can be used much like metal braces to correct misalignment, gaps, crossbites, overbites, underbites, and crooked teeth. The braces are used to improve the appearance of teeth and prevent further complications such as jaw misalignment.
Benefits of Ceramic Over Metal
Ceramic brackets are used much like metal brackets and can correct orthodontic issues in a similar timeframe. Ceramic is less irritating than metal, which can make ceramic more comfortable. Patients tend to experience less discomfort and irritation in the gums, lips, and cheeks when wearing ceramic braces.
Ceramic brackets are often more desirable for adults and teens who wear braces because they are much more discreet. Ceramic brackets are slightly less durable than metal brackets, but they are still durable enough to last most patients through their entire treatment. Some patients may think ceramic breaks easily, but the brackets have plenty of longevity if taken care of properly.
Ceramic is a good alternative to another popular choice among adults: clear aligners. Ceramic brackets can resolve a greater variety of issues and in less time than clear aligners.
Who Is an Ideal Candidate?
Ceramic braces are a common choice among adults and teens who do not want braces to interfere with their school life and career. Children may also enjoy ceramic brackets due to color choices and comfort. Wearing less visible braces can make treatment time more enjoyable by drawing less attention to the braces.
Ceramic braces are not right for everyone. Patients who play contact sports may find the durability of ceramic does not meet their needs, and in this case, metal braces or clear aligners may be a more sensible choice.
Find Your Ideal Orthodontic Solution
If you think ceramic braces may be the best option for you, visit Rollins & Petersen Orthodontics for a consultation. We offer a variety of treatments to meet the needs and preferences of our patients. Our offices are located in Mesa, AZ, Globe, AZ, Gilbert, AZ, Chandler, AZ, and Queen Creek, AZ. Contact us today to schedule a consultation!