Anyone who is considering wearing braces should learn more about the pros and cons of choosing ceramic braces for their orthodontic treatment. We are happy to answer questions in our office. In the meantime, here are a few things that anyone should know.
Pros of ceramic braces
1. They are difficult to see
Since the brackets themselves are made of tooth-colored ceramic, they are designed to blend in with the tooth structure. This is good because it makes it very difficult for braces to be seen when worn. As such, from a distance, most people will not notice that a person is in the process of straightening their teeth. To see these braces, it is usually necessary to be within a few feet of someone.
2. This is an effective solution for straightening teeth
Anyone looking to straighten teeth, close gaps and improve the appearance of their smile can do so using this orthodontic solution. It is an effective form of treatment that works just as well as traditional metal braces, only without the appearance of them.
3. They can help to align the bite
In addition to straightening teeth, an important reason to wear braces is to align the bite. This is important for a person's appearance and also for health reasons. If the bite is out of alignment it can make it easier to suffer from jaw pain and even cause some teeth to wear out faster than others.
Cons of ceramic braces
1. They can stain easily
Since one of the biggest reasons to choose this option is how discreet they are, it is important for patients to be aware that they can stain easily. To avoid this, patients will need to reduce or eliminate things from their diet that are known to stain. For example, soy sauce, coffee, black tea and wine should be avoided. After eating or drinking anything that can stain, it will be necessary to brush teeth as quickly as possible to reduce the likelihood that stains will become permanent. If the braces do become stained, they are likely to develop a yellow hue and become noticeable, even at a distance.
2. Regular appointments are required to adjust the braces and keep teeth moving in the right direction
With any type of fixed braces, patients need to visit our office regularly for routine adjustments. This is where we make slight changes to the wires or replace the wires altogether to ensure that teeth can continue to move in the right direction. These appointments are typically once a month though they can be more frequent at certain stages during the treatment.
Ceramic braces are incredibly popular
There are pros and cons to this treatment just like there are with any orthodontic treatment. Still, this is incredibly popular solution among our patients because it works and they are discrete. Anyone who is looking to improve the appearance of their smile or their oral health should seriously consider this as a treatment option.
Schedule an appointment
The only way to know for certain if this is the right treatment solution for you is to schedule an appointment with our office. During that time we will conduct a thorough examination, determine what will be necessary for moving your teeth into the right position and make a recommendation for the orthodontic treatment we feel would be the most effective way of doing so. We invite you to call and schedule an appointment today to start this important process.
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