Ceramic braces got their start back in the 1980’s, and the technology involved in crafting ceramic braces has been steadily improving throughout the past 30+ years. As an alternative to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces use many of the same concepts, but they feature tooth colored and clear colored materials to make the braces far less noticeable. Ceramic braces are a favorite of both adults and teens looking to have the straight smiles they’ve always wanted since they make quick work of straightening teeth while still looking subtle and allowing for an always beautiful smile.
One common misconception is that ceramic braces are less sturdy or more fragile than traditional metal braces, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. The strong and durable ceramic used today in ceramic braces can withstand all types of regular everyday abuses, and will only chip or break if the teeth have experienced particularly severe trauma. The same type of trauma that would break or chip ceramic braces would be like to damage metal braces as well.
Ceramic braces are also considered to be more comfortable by many when compared to traditional metal braces, as they are less likely to irritate the gums surrounding the teeth while worn. As the braces help the teeth to shift into place, however, wearers may still experience some oral soreness while the teeth move into a straight position.
Staining is a concern for some when it comes to ceramic braces, and while stains can occur on the surface of the braces, it’s far less likely than some believe. In the early generations of ceramic braces, clear plastic brackets were used in order to minimize the look of the braces on the teeth, but the plastic was porous and took to staining easily. Ceramic composite or less porous materials are used in today’s ceramic braces, which help to keep braces looking fresh and clean far more easily with simple regular oral hygiene care.
Ceramic braces are an alternative for those who want straight teeth but without an obvious look. The subtle tooth color of ceramic braces allows them to blend in with the surface of the teeth, as they work to shift teeth into their proper place in the mouth. A consultation with your orthodontist will tell you if ceramic braces are the right option for your smile.