If you or your child are in need of braces to correct orthodontic problems, you may already be aware that there are many options available.
At one time, traditional braces were the only choice people had for addressing crooked, misaligned or widely spaced teeth. Today, however, patients also have the option of choosing clear ceramic braces, which are less noticeable.
Because of this, a growing number of people feel more comfortable having braces. To help you make an informed decision, here are some the main differences between traditional metal and clear ceramic braces.
Since traditional braces are made from stainless steel, they’re very noticeable, and many people feel that they disrupt their appearance.
Braces made of ceramic are clear, so they’re not as conspicuous. These are typically a better option for patients who might feel self-conscious wearing metal braces or who work in jobs where they want to maintain a highly professional appearance.
Aside from differences in appearance, the two types of braces are also different in effectiveness.
Metal braces are a bit more effective at correcting orthodontic problems. This means that ceramic braces are a better choice for people who only have minor crookedness or misalignment of their teeth.
Furthermore, because of this, people who choose to get clear ceramic braces must wear them for longer than with traditional metal braces.
No matter which braces you choose, maintaining good oral hygiene will require more work. However, ceramic braces can be more challenging to keep clean than traditional metal ones.
Unlike metal, ceramic is more susceptible to stains from coffee, cigarettes, cola, wine and artificially colored foods or beverages.
Because of this, many experts don’t recommend this option for people who aren’t willing to give up these products and who are concerned about staining.
Ceramic braces are also more prone to breakage during sports or other rough activities. Traditional metal braces are sturdier and more resistant to staining, which makes them a better option for children and teens.
If you or your child are struggling with misaligned, crooked or widely spaced teeth, braces are a highly effective solution. Contact Ragan Orthodontics today to set up an appointment.
Our practice is dedicated to helping patients with their orthodontic issues, and we offer a variety of services including braces, Invisalign®, sports mouth guards, and more.
The time is now to get the smile you always wanted and deserved.