At Egger Orthodontics, we want our patients as informed as possible about the many types of braces that are out there. While you are probably familiar with the wire and brackets of traditional braces, not all options are so noticeable. Many of our patients are attracted to the more visually appealing alternative that ceramic braces can offer. Though they are similar to traditional braces in their design, the transparent ceramic look blends well with the color of your teeth and can be more aesthetically pleasing.
How Will I Know If Ceramic Braces Are Right For Me?
If the misalignments of your teeth are not too severe, then ceramic braces are well suited for you. Maintaining a great smile can be an important priority, and we are happy to enable that through the use of the transparent ceramic and wires that come with ceramic braces. After their initial placement, you will stop by to see our orthodontist about once a month to every six weeks to have them adjusted. You will likely wear the ceramic braces for one to three years. If the appearance of ceramic braces and their duration of use is appealing to you, then this may be the right choice for you.
Ceramic vs Metal Braces
Though ceramic braces function the same as the traditional metal option, it is worth knowing that ceramic braces do have some drawbacks. Because of how we want them to blend in with your teeth, that color we use can be discolored over time by any highly pigmented food or drinks that you consume if you are not careful. Treatment can be of a longer duration because ceramic brackets can create friction against their wires. Ceramic braces can be up to $500 to $600 more expensive. Finally, they are simply more delicate than their metal rivals and are occasionally prone to breakage problems. Many of our patients nonetheless accept these drawbacks in exchange for a smile clear of visible wiring or brackets.
Keeping Your Ceramic Braces Clean
The first step in keeping your ceramic braces clean is to watch what you eat and drink. Tomato sauce, berries, tea, coffee, and red wine can all leave stains on your ligatures. The ligatures can be changed by our orthodontist when you go in to have the braces adjusted, but it still helps to avoid these food and drink options so as to steer clear of temporary stains. Remember to brush your teeth twice a day and to continue a flossing regimen. By watching what you eat and continuing to take care of your dental health, preserving the look and strength of your ceramic braces should be fairly easy.
For blending your braces into a winning smile, ceramic braces make for a great choice. As you take care of your teeth alignment, ceramic braces can do wonders for your self-confidence. If you are interested and believe that ceramic braces could be the right choice for you, call us today at 425.270.1616.
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