Metal vs. Ceramic Braces

If you or a loved one will need braces to correct crooked teeth, gaps between teeth, overbite, and/or underbite, then you’ll probably need to decide whether you want metal or ceramic braces. While they both exist to provide the same results, there are some differences that you should understand in order to make the best possible decision.

At Grace and Bowman Orthodontics, we’ll work with you to determine the most effective treatment option for your needs. We work with our patients to figure out the problems that need to be corrected, and which orthodontic treatments will offer the best results. With offices in Fort Walton Beach and Niceville, Dr. Brodie Bowman is available to help you or your child get that million dollar smile. Contact Grace and Bowman Orthodontics today to schedule your consultation.

Traditional Metal Braces

For the last several decades, traditional metal braces have been the go-to treatment for orthodontists everywhere. They are the tried-and-true solution to many issues, and they are covered under most dental insurance policies that also cover orthodontics. They are generally silver or gold in color, and very strong in nature. They require ligatures to hold the metal wires to the brackets, and these can come in every color of the rainbow.

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are usually more popular in older teens and adults who tend to associate metal braces with the awkwardness of adolescence or who simply want a more aesthetically appealing experience. They are made from composite materials that are incredibly strong and typically don’t stain – even for regular coffee drinkers. Ligatures are used with ceramic braces, and to stay in line with the “nearly invisible” approach, these are often clear. However, while the braces themselves will not stain, the ligatures will. This can be unsightly, but bear in mind that the ligatures are changed out about once per month with every orthodontic visit.

Which Option Is Best?

All in all, there are a few different factors that will go into the type of braces that you ultimately select. If you are relying on your dental insurance to pick up some of the expense, then you will likely only be covered if you choose traditional metal braces. However, some policies will pay out on any braces you select up to a certain limit, so be sure to check your policy.

The other main factor that you should consider is aesthetics. If you don’t mind the metal brackets, then traditional metal braces are often the cheapest route. On the other hand, if you’d rather your braces were at least partially “invisible”, then ceramic is the best choice although you may need to pay a little more for the visual appeal.