Whenever we discuss braces, we tend to forget that most people feel incredibly self-conscious about having something very visible on their teeth.
Even in popular culture, people with braces are often depicted as dorky, geeky and not exactly the most popular peers in their communities.
To lower the “awkward factor” for these orthodontic treatments, some opt for ceramic braces, which due to the material used, looks considerably less conspicuous.
In this 5-7 minute read, we are hoping to give you 4 excellent and compelling reasons why you may want to opt for ceramic braces.
Ceramic braces benefits
1.The “camouflage” effect
3.Higher effectiveness vs clear aligners
4.Lower imaging interference
Let’s dive right in!
The camouflage effect
Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean that your braces will have military camouflage giving the look and feel of a jungle in your mouth. (that would be silly, but may look cool, who knows?)
For people who have some anxiety about how others are going to react to braces, the ceramic material is a great choice considering the material looks very similar to your actual teeth.
This makes them much less easy to spot and it may help you cope with the visual changes in your mouth and when it comes to your smile.
Don't forget that these only mean that the brackets themselves will have a whiteish colour about them, but in some cases, the actual wire is still metal (to exert enough and the most optimal amount of force for the desired effect), which obviously is visible.
If you are after something like the below, you have to ask your orthodontist if there’s an option to have ceramic dental braces with white bands or a clear wire.
And speaking of colours…
You may actually belong to the glass half full type people, who not only see braces as a great correction procedure to have a beautiful smile and a statistically proven higher chances of getting hired, but also as a way to make the most out of this experience.
Braces with custom colours
Not everyone is feeling self-conscious about braces and they are thinking:
If I am going to have this on my teeth for the next 1.5 – 3 years, I am going to switch it up a little and use different colours from time to time.
Yes, you read that right.
There are people, especially kids naturally, who love to use varying colours which your orthodontist can accommodate.
And for this, the choices are virtually limitless (although we are confident that there will be a colour chart that will somewhat limit your imagination) and you can choose wild colours or can alternate every second bracket with a different colour etc.
So, the bottom line is that you can actually have fun with this.
But above and beyond the fun factor, ceramic braces have a legitimate efficiency factor and a leg up against other teeth correction devices.
So here's the thing:
Higher effectiveness vs clear aligners
It’s worth noting that people considering ceramic orthodontic brackets typically do it for a more discreet visual effect.
Therefore, these same people will also undoubtedly consider clear aligners such as Invisalign as an option.
The key advantage of ceramic braces over clear aligners is that your orthodontist can create custom tooth movements much better and more efficiently as there is more control in his hands.
This typically means that ceramic braces generate results faster, simply because the patient cannot opt-out of having the braces whereas, with aligners, routine and patient discipline is very important.
Let’s keep things serious for a little bit longer.
God forbid, you need to have a head MRI to investigate something the metal components in your traditional braces can interfere with the imaging.
Lower imaging interference
Well, this is the good news for the ceramic type braces.
Because the material doesn’t contain any metal, the magnetic resonance imaging can be a lot more successful as there is nothing that may interfere with the imaging process.
It is important to mention that there may be ceramic fixed braces solutions that do contain some metal (for example the wire itself) and that may still cause some interference.
However, the disturbance is still significantly lower which means that in case of any head trauma (which hopefully will never happen), a patient with ceramic braces can have a life-saving scan done.
Alright, we have counted all four key benefits of ceramic braces.
But as we know, every coin has two sides to it.
So, what about the bad news?
Bear with me on this.
Ceramic braces disadvantages
The brackets are usually larger which may cause some gum irritation for patients.
This consequently means slightly bigger challenges around dental hygiene and in some cases a receding gum line.
The second disadvantage is that the material, no matter how aesthetically pleasing in colour, less durable than metal ones.
This means that brackets can break or have a chip on them, which require replacement or partial repair.
As an additional negative factor, these minor setbacks may result in longer treatment time as well.
And just to get the full picture, we left the biggest disadvantage last:
Sorry about the uber-cheesy pun, but this had to be done...
Cost of ceramic braces in the UK
Well, there's no better way to deliver the bad news but to rip it off like a band-aid.
Ceramic braces are significantly more expensive than their metal counterpart.
Are you sitting down?
The procedure can cost between £2,500 and £7,000 depending on the complexity of the treatment.
Yes, it is quite a punchy price tag, isn't it?
Well, this is private and quality dentistry for you, especially if the materials are more expensive and more delicate to work with.
Considering that this is a significant investment, you may still have several questions before you pull the trigger on this so we have done our best to help you with these queries.
The procedure can cost between £2,500 and £7,000...
Do ceramic braces take longer?
Because the ceramic material can only withhold so much punishment and pulling force, it takes slightly longer to achieve the same teeth movement result than in the case of metal brackets.
What is better ceramic or metal braces?
There are both pros and cons for both. Metal braces are rather straightforward, efficient and cost significantly less than ceramic dental braces.
The ceramic brackets with clear or white wires make patients less self-conscious, however.
Can ceramic braces damage your teeth?
No. Your orthodontist will go through a careful preparation phase to ensure there is no damage done to your enamel or to your teeth in general.
Why do ceramic braces turn yellow?
The ceramic brackets themselves are highly stain-resistant and they don't discolour. The wires, on the other hand, do wear and tear and certain foods and drinks can result in a change of colour.
Do braces move your teeth every day?
Indeed, your orthodontist “configures” your braces in a way that is exerting continuous force on your teeth. This is one of the reasons that you may feel some discomfort as your teeth are being pulled into a healthier position.
Can I drink coffee with ceramic braces?
You certainly can. Please note, however, that the wires can undergo a change of colour.
Do braces change your face?
Yes, they do! The change is not radical, however, and you will still be you. Your jaw position can be slightly adjusted, however, which can affect how your face looks and how you perceive it.
Do ceramic braces break easily?
They don’t but it is generally best to avoid contact sports or any fisticuffs when you shelled out several thousand pounds for your ceramic brackets.
Why are ceramic braces so expensive?
Primarily the amount of specialist work going into the ceramic dental brackets as well as the material cost itself are the main reasons why this device is so much more expensive than its metal counterpart.
Which braces work faster ceramic or metal?
Metal braces definitely work faster as they are more durable and can take more punishment when your orthodontist exerts pulling forces on them. This means your teeth “work harder” and get to their ideal location faster.
What is the best age for braces?
Generally, the age of 12 is the best time for braces as children’s jaw are still developing. This means that any correctional movements affecting the jaw and teeth should be applied around this age.
How many years do braces last?
Depending on your personal situation and the type of dental braces used, it can take anything between 18 months and 36 months to complete the treatment.
Can you eat pizza with ceramic braces?
You certainly can, all you need to do is to exercise good oral hygiene just like any other time.
How to brush your teeth with braces?
Check out this helpful video which may help in maintaining healthy teeth and clean braces at all times:
Hopefully, this post gave you 4 very good reasons to choose ceramic braces and a lot of additional information that will help with your decision.
Now over to you.
What is the main reason you would go for ceramic brackets?
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