If you’re like many of our patients, you’re probably doing research about what treatments are available to you. In fact, many patients visit us with questions about specific treatments they’ve read about. If you’re wondering “what are ceramic braces?” and “are ceramic braces the right choice to help me get a healthy smile?”, you’re not alone. Read on to discover what makes ceramic braces a popular choice.
What Are Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces, sometimes called clear braces, get their name from their brackets. Unlike traditional braces which are made from metal, ceramic braces are made of a unique see-through material. Most ceramic braces today are not actually made from ceramic. Ceramic braces might more accurately described as clear brackets because that’s what they are! In fact, hardly any braces are made out of ceramic these days. Now, plastic is much more common. The big difference between ceramic braces and traditional braces is that instead of using colored elastics and metal brackets, ceramic braces have tooth-colored or clear brackets, and use white elastics to blend in with your teeth. That makes ceramic braces much less noticeable than metal braces during treatment.
Despite being more discreet than metal braces, ceramic braces are just as effective as their traditional counterparts. Ceramic braces still use the same bracket and wire functionality as the silver braces you’re familiar with to slowly reposition your teeth over the course of your treatment. If you want a straighter smile but don’t want the look of traditional metal braces, ceramic braces might be for you.
Why Ceramic Braces Might be Right for You
There are lots of reasons why you may decide that ceramic braces are the right treatment option for you. Some of our patients prefer them to metal braces because they are more difficult for people to see. The ceramic brackets that we use are completely translucent, making them much more discreet than metal braces. Ceramic braces are also a great alternative for patients who are too young or whose cases are too complex for other discreet treatment options, like clear aligner therapy.
At Montano & Cardall Orthodontic Specialists, we use Inspire ICE® clear braces as well as American Radiance clear braces. Inspire ICE® clear braces are the lowest profile ceramic braces on the market, which means that they are almost completely invisible, and come in multiple colors to easily blend into your teeth. Inspire ICE® clear braces are made out of a special advanced material called monocrystalline sapphire which makes them both strong and crystal clear. Thanks to a boron tumbling process used in manufacturing to soften any rough edges, Inspire ICE® ceramic braces are super smooth. This means that these ceramic braces are some of the most comfortable ceramic braces you can get. Despite being so smooth and discreet, Inspire ICE® clear braces are also extremely strong, which is extremely important when it comes to clear bracket solutions. Drs. Montano & Cardall have meticulously researched all the available options on the market and have chosen the best for their patients.
Get Started With Ceramic Braces
If you would like to discuss whether ceramic braces are the right treatment option for you, or if you have any questions about braces or orthodontic treatment, schedule a FREE no obligation consultation with Drs. Montano & Cardall today!