Are ceramic braces better than metal?

Both ceramic and metal braces have their own benefits.

Are you considering orthodontic treatment? If so, you may be wondering if ceramic braces are better than metal. Both types of braces have their own pros and cons, so it’s important to weigh all the options before making a decision. Read on to find out about the key differences between ceramic and metal braces so that you can make an informed decision about which type of braces is right for you…

What are the benefits of ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces are made up of the same components as traditional metal braces, but the key difference is that they involve the use of clear brackets instead of metallic silver brackets. For this reason, many people choose ceramic braces for their discreet appearance.

Ceramic braces work in the same way as metal braces, and generally take just as long (or slightly longer) to straighten the teeth as metal braces. Like metal braces, they usually achieve results faster than clear aligners and can be used to address even complex orthodontic issues.

What is the downside of ceramic braces?

Although ceramic braces are a popular and effective orthodontic solution, it is important to know that they are usually more expensive than traditional metal braces. This is an important factor to consider (and to discuss with your orthodontist) before making a decision.

It is also worth noting that the brackets of ceramic braces are bigger than those on metal braces. This can make them challenging to clean thoroughly. If you opt for ceramic braces, it is advisable that you discuss proper oral hygiene techniques with your orthodontist in order to avoid issues like gum sensitivity during the course of your treatment.

Although ceramic brackets don’t easily stain, the elastics that connect them to the wire can. In order to avoid stains, be sure to brush and floss after eating, and try to avoid foods and drinks that can lead to discolouration — these include wine, tea, coffee, soda, dark and tomato-based sauces, and highly pigmented fruits and berries.

Ceramic braces tend to be more fragile than metal braces, which means that the risk of damage is slightly higher. If your ceramic brackets break, this can cause delays to your treatment and you may be required to see your orthodontist more often when compared with metal braces.

Why consider ceramic braces?  

Ceramic braces are often a good option for individuals who would like to straighten their teeth in a manner that is subtle and discreet. The brackets are clear or tooth-coloured, which means that they are virtually invisible.

While ceramic braces have many benefits, both types of braces are highly effective orthodontic solutions. Ultimately, the process of choosing between metal and ceramic braces is a personal one, and there are a number of factors to consider, including your aesthetic goals, oral hygiene habits and budget. If you need help choosing a treatment that suits your lifestyle and orthodontic needs, speak to your orthodontist about your options.

How can we help?

At Berwick Orthodontic Specialists, braces remain one of the most popular treatments that we provide. We offer various options, including metal, ceramic and gold braces. No matter which type you choose, you can rest assured that we are committed to providing high quality orthodontic treatment.

If you would like to get braces, but are not sure which type is most appropriate for you, we encourage you to come in and see us. We will explain the benefits of each type to you and answer any questions that you have about the treatment process. When it comes to orthodontic treatment, we use state-of-the-art technologies and provide personalised treatment plans to ensure effective results for each patient.

If you would like to find out more about the braces that are available at Berwick Orthodontic Specialists in Melbourne, please have a look here.

If you would like to arrange a consultation, please don’t hesitate to get in touch here or give us a call on (03) 9212 0217.