If you are considering braces, there are many more options than you probably remember from childhood. While traditional metal braces were once the standard, today there are ways to straighten your teeth and correct alignment issues that are much more discreet. One of the most popular of these modern options is ceramic braces.
While ceramic braces are quite similar to metal braces in size, shape, and function, they are designed to blend into the teeth and be much less noticeable. The brackets are made of ceramic that is either off-white or clear, and many versions have clear wires as well, so they are virtually invisible. Some ceramic braces even attach directly to the teeth, eliminating the need for unsightly rubber bands.
Ceramic braces are also a great choice if you want to straighten your teeth quickly; they usually stay on for an average of six months. Also, you typically only need to visit your orthodontist once a month, rather than the more frequent visits required for traditional metal braces. They also tend to work better than other “discreet” orthodontic options, such as Invisalign.
If you opt for ceramic braces, it is important to care for them properly, since the material can stain easily if not cleaned correctly. For this reason, this type of orthodontia is usually not recommended for young children. You should also avoid ceramic braces if you smoke or frequently enjoy dark drinks, such as coffee or red wine. You will need to avoid foods that may stain the ceramic, such as pasta sauce. Also, ceramic braces are not quite as effective as traditional metal braces, so they may not be appropriate if you have severe issues that need correction.
The most effective way to keep ceramic braces looking great is by brushing with an electric toothbrush between two and four times a day and flossing at least once a day. Not keeping up with this regimen can cause your braces to turn yellow, which is probably not the look you are trying to achieve. Whitening toothpaste is not recommended since they will only whiten the areas of your teeth that are not covered by braces.
If you are interested in learning more about ceramic braces, scheduling a consultation with one of our doctors at Brodie Bowman DMD is the next step. They can review your situation and determine whether you are a good candidate for ceramic braces. If you want to set up a consultation and want to save some time, you will be able to fill out some of the patient forms online for your convenience. Once you come in, you will be on your way to a better smile.