Ceramic Braces

Pros and cons of ceramic braces.

Dentistry is a career that, although it seeks that the patient has a better quality of life in terms of health. It also seeks that people look good aesthetically, hence the importance of orthodontic treatments, which over the years have evolved to how we know them today.

Nowadays, people care more about aesthetics than anything else, this is one of the main reasons for the existence of ceramic brackets.

Ceramic brackets, like metal brackets, perform the main function of aligning misaligned or crowded teeth, in a progressive but effective way. This is a type of aesthetic orthodontics, which, unlike metal brackets, can go much more unnoticed in the oral cavity, since their shade tends to be more similar to the natural color of the patient’s teeth.

Ceramic brackets are as effective as any other type of orthodontic treatment, with the difference that, thanks to their material (which is ceramic), they allow light to pass through them and acquire the shade of the teeth of their wearer.

They are specifically used by those who wish to wear much more discreet smiles, without making it too obvious that they are wearing braces.


What do ceramic braces consist of?

Ceramic braces, very similar to braces in function and design, consist of ceramic pieces, which imitate the color of the patient’s teeth, crossed by wires, which are held by small rubber bands (with a similar color to the teeth) in each of the brackets. Their main objective is to straighten crowded or crooked teeth, so that the patient can obtain the ideal smile, perfect in terms of functionality and aesthetics.

Technically, it can be said that ceramic and metal braces have the same objective in the mouth: to straighten the patient’s teeth. The difference lies only in the material used.

What do ceramic brackets offer?

Ceramic brackets are very comfortable for the patient who wears them because of their smooth surface. There is no risk of generating sores or small wounds inside the patient’s mouth, which can be very painful.

Metal brackets offer efficient solutions for patients with problems of malocclusion or crowded teeth, without damaging or mistreating the surface of the teeth of the people who wear them.

The ceramic brackets system, with the wires and bands used to fulfill their function, is biocompatible, so the patient does not run any kind of risk with them. So they are perfect to achieve the desired results.

Pros and cons of ceramic braces.

Over the last 100 years, orthodontic braces have evolved from being a totally visible system, full of very uncomfortable and unsightly metal wires, to be almost unnoticeable, not to say invisible.

Ceramic braces have become a very good and effective option if the patient is looking for functionality and esthetics.

Among the main pros of using ceramic orthodontic appliances, the following stand out:

  • They offer effective solutions in the estimated time, allowing the patient to have a much more esthetic and beautiful smile than with metal braces. However, both are equally recommendable, changing only the materials used in both cases.
  • They add much more confidence to the patient because they give the opportunity to enjoy the benefits of orthodontics, without the need to be very noticeable to others.
  • Due to their system, they are much more comfortable than metal braces, which means that the patient does not suffer any wounds, sores, or discomfort in the oral cavity.
  • Ceramic braces offer colors for almost all types of teeth colors, so it would not be a problem to find a color that suits you.
  • They are very resistant, so there will be no reason for the patient to worry about them getting damaged or fractured.
  • It is a method of orthodontics that delivers what it promises: beautiful and functional smiles.

However, despite the many pros that ceramic braces bring, there are some cons, among them:

  • Like everything else regarding mouth care, ceramic braces require food hygiene. However, the oral hygiene demands of ceramic braces require a slightly more thorough and careful dental cleaning routine. The patient must brush his or her teeth without fail after every meal, and flossing becomes an indispensable item.
  • If the patient does not follow the instructions given by the dental specialist, ceramic braces can become stained, which can be a very uncomfortable situation for the wearer.
  • Ceramic braces offer the desired results, however, their cost can be much higher than traditional metal braces, due to the material used.
  • Despite being very resistant, ceramic braces tend to last a little less than conventional metal braces. This is due to the fact that ceramic is a little more fragile, which increases the chances of breakage or fracture.
  • Ceramic braces perform their function, but at a slightly slower rate, than metal braces.
  • They make patients prone to have their gums a little more sensitive to the touch when brushing their teeth.

How should ceramic braces be cared for?

Diet plays a major role in the care of ceramic braces. Therefore, it is advisable to avoid biting on very hard foods with the front teeth, since this can cause the appliances to fall out of fall out.

Another thing to take into account is that, due to their color. Ceramic braces are more prone to stain, therefore, it is advisable that the patient avoids ingesting and drinking foods and beverages that contain a lot of colors.

Following this line, it is advisable that the patient avoids drinking coffee, red wine, tea or soft drinks.

Another thing to keep in mind when taking care of ceramic braces is that it is extremely important to thoroughly clean the brackets after each meal to prevent food from getting stuck and causing dental decay or periodontal disease.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that, as far as possible, it is highly recommended to avoid smoking cigarettes and tobacco, which besides representing and promoting great health risks, cause the brackets to acquire and ugly and unaesthetic coloring.

Finally, to comply with each and every one of the care required by ceramic braces, it is necessary for the patient to visit the dentist periodically. He or she will perform a check-up and may change the bands and acquires that go through the brackets, so that the treatment continues to be effective for the patient.

Ceramic braces vs. Invisalign

Both, ceramic braces and Invisalign, fulfill the desired function: to correct misaligned teeth. However, Invisalign offers the patient more comfort, since they are completely invisible and go unnoticed by others. In addition, it offers the possibility of removing them for brushing and eating.

Despite this, ceramic braces are not as noticeable as metal braces, so they can also be much more discreet.

Considering this, one of the main reasons for choosing ceramic braces is that they are much less expensive than Invisalign.

So it all depends on the patient’s monetary capacity.

Regardless of what the patient chooses, Invisalign and ceramic braces provide solutions concerning malocclusion and crowding problems, so both are suitable options to be able to get a nice and beautiful smile.

If you have any doubts regarding which treatment to use, the best thing to do is to go to your trusted dentist, so that he or she can clear them up and tell you exactly what you need and what is right for you.

So, do not hesitate any longer and schedule your appointment. Your ideal smile, dreamed and longed for, is waiting for you. It is only in your hands to do something about it.