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Get It Straight…… Ceramic or Metal Braces!!!

  • Posted on- Apr 12, 2014
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Choosing the Right type Of Braces: Ceramic or Metal Braces!!!!

Have you been advised to wear braces? Are you thinking about how they might change the way you look? Are you scared of visible metal braces giving you a metallic smile?

Here’s something that will help clear your mind – wearing braces doesn't mean that you have to wear very visible metal brackets and wires any more. There are many braces available today that are made of either clear or natural looking tooth colored materials.

They provide patients with an attractive and less visible alternative to traditional braces.

Dental Braces (Also known as orthodontic braces or braces) are devices used in orthodontics that align and straighten Teeth and help to position them with regard to a person's bite, while also working to improve dental health.

There are several kinds of braces that can be used to give you that lovely Smile. One of the ways in which they are differentiated is on the basis of the materials they are made of -Metal and Ceramic being the two predominant ones.

Metal Braces
Traditional metal braces are the most common type of braces and are more comfortable today than ever before. Made of high-grade stainless steel, metal braces straighten your teeth using metal brackets and archwires. Most traditional metal braces require an elastic o-shaped rubber band, called a ligature to hold the arch wire onto the bracket.

With metal braces, you have the option of adding colored elastics (rubber bands) for a more unique and colorful smile. You can make metal braces colorful with ligatures that come on a rainbow of colors.

Less expense often makes them a preferred option, especially if appearance is not so important. They also generally take less time to adjust the teeth’s position than all other types of braces.
It is possible to select a ligature that is darker in color, which will make coffee, curry and smoking stains more difficult to see.
Another added benefit is their durability, as they are extremely strong, and incidences of breakages are extremely rare.

They are more visible than ceramic or clear braces (the traditional “metal mouth.”)
They tend to be a bit less comfortable at first, (but that feeling wears off after a couple of weeks).When you have a canker sore, metal braces tend to irritate your gums more than ceramic brackets.

Ceramic Braces
Ceramic Braces are the brackets that are the same size and shape as metal brackets but are "tooth" colored to blend in more. Ceramic braces are made of clear materials and are therefore less visible on your teeth than metal braces.

Ceramic Braces with more clarity and light in color are also called clear braces.

Ceramic Braces or clear bracesare basically the same as traditional metal braces except that they look clear in appearance, thus decreasing their visibility while you wear them, but providing patients with an equally effective treatment. For this reason, ceramic braces are used mainly on teenagers and adult patients who have cosmetic concerns.

While ceramic or clear braces 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.

The use of ceramic braces has been introduced more recently as they have distinct advantages over metal braces, especially if you are concerned about your appearance.

Appearance: Ceramic Braces and Clear Braces are less visible compared to traditional metal braces and hence, they do not change your appearance all that much .They can be matched to most teeth colors, especially teeth that are not completely white. They cannot be seen too easily compared with metal braces.

Confidence: Many patients who opt for ceramic or clear braces feel more confident because they are aware that the braces are not conspicuously visible to others.

The general feeling among users is that they are more comfortable than metal braces anddon’t cause too much irritation to the gums.
Some people are afraid that they may break off too easily but this is a fallacy as they are very strong.

Cost: Ceramic and clear braces may cost you more than Metal braces. However, your orthodontist may offer you options to make your payments on an installment basis. In any case, do check with your orthodontist for all the available financial options.

Treatment time: Orthodontic treatment using clear or ceramic braces may take a longer duration than treatment done using metal braces to gain the desired effect in some cases depending on teeth misalignment. To get a clear idea of how long the treatment is going to take, speak to your orthodontist about treatment with clear or ceramic braces.

Ceramic Braces look Discolored or stained with time, However ceramic or clear brackets don’t stain or discolored itself, it’s the elastic ties (which are often white or clear used to hold arch wire with bracket) may get discolored from the consumption of tea, coffee, wine, certain foods and smoking. However, these ligatures or elastics are replaced every time an adjustment has been made, which is normally every four weeks.

Ask your orthodontist for advice on how you can keep your braces looking the best they can. Ceramic Braces are a lot less noticeable then metal braces.

Just like in any other orthodontic treatment, it is important to choose the option that is the most appropriate for your specific needs and lifestyle. Clear braces have some benefits over traditional braces however you and your orthodontist will have to decide if they are right for you.

If appearance is important and price is not an issue, then ceramic braces are an effective choice. If appearance is not as important as price, then metal braces do the job as well. Your orthodontist may have to choose for you, depending on your treatment requirements.

If metal is your only option because of the treatment that is required, there are different colors that can be chosen that add that shine to your teeth’s appearance but which all can see.

While metal brackets were a common practice years ago, ceramic braces were developed to be more discrete.

Whether clear or ceramic braces are the right option for you can be decided by our orthodontist at Smile N Care Dental Clinics .Our orthodontist will take you through the different treatments available to you and explain the steps in each treatment.


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