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Traditional vs. Ceramic Braces

If braces have been recommended for you or your child, you may be wondering about the difference between  traditional braces and ceramic braces. While metal braces were once the only option for people who wanted straighter teeth, today there are several options that are less noticeable. As a result, more adults than ever are choosing to get braces.

At Ragan Orthodontics in Dallas, Dr. Ragan offers different types of braces in addition to Invisalign to help his patients get straighter teeth. We understand that every patient is different. We’ll work with you to figure out the treatment option that’s best for you and your needs. This will ensure you get the most effective treatment. Contact Ragan Orthodontics today to schedule your consultation. We’ll discuss all of the available options and answer any questions you may have.

Traditional braces are made of metal and therefore are quite noticeable on the teeth. Ceramic braces are clear and are therefore less noticeable, making them the better choice for someone who is self-conscious about having braces or who works in a profession where appearance is paramount.

Traditional braces tend to be slightly more effective at moving the teeth than ceramic braces are, so metal braces are the better choice for someone who has severe problems to be corrected. That also means that those with ceramic braces typically must wear the braces longer than those with traditional braces.

Ceramic braces typically need more care and hygiene than metal braces, since the material used can be stained with coffee, cigarettes, wine, and other caustic foods and drinks. For that reason, ceramic braces aren’t the best choice for young children and others who feel their braces may stain. Metal braces are also more durable, another reason they are typically the best choice for children and younger teens.

If cost is a concern, traditional braces are typically the least expensive orthodontia option, while ceramic braces tend to cost more. According to the Journal of Clinical Orthodontics, the average cost of an adult set of braces is $4,800. Depending on your insurance plan and your reason for getting braces, some of these costs may be covered.

In addition to metal and ceramic braces, there are several other options for aligning teeth. One option, Invisalign, is virtually undetectable. Another type of braces is lingual braces. These are designed to go behind the teeth, so they are very hard to notice. These choices may or may not work for you depending on the type of orthodontic work you need.

If you’re considering braces for yourself or your child, contact Ragan Orthodontics today. We will fully explain your options and help you choose the braces that are right for your particular situation.