Ceramic Braces Pros and Cons
Ceramic braces are the same as traditional stainless steel braces, but the brackets are clear or tooth-coloured and made of ceramic material. The ceramic brackets and wire apply pressure to guide your teeth into the desired position. The only difference between the two is that ceramic braces are less noticeable than metal brackets and can perform complex tooth movements.
Are ceramic braces suitable for me?
At Grand Dental, we recommend ceramic braces when all your adult teeth have grown in, and you’ve stopped growing. This approach makes sure that the process is quick and that there is a lower chance of them breaking as a result of tooth growth. Ceramic braces are a popular choice among adult patients because of their less conspicuous look and more favourable for many people who work in retail or in similar customer service jobs.
We’re here to help our patients make informed decisions. Please call us on (02) 4742 1004 or stop by our practice to talk with our team. Based in the Blue Mountains, we’re amongst leading dentists specialising in orthodontics in the Blue Mountains available to discuss all orthodontic treatment options, types of braces, and treatment plans.
Benefits of ceramic braces:
- More discreet than traditional metal braces – no need to feel self-conscious
- More effective compared to lingual or Invisalign
- More bracket colour options versus one colour with metal braces
- Produce much less signal interference, so they don’t affect imaging tests
Disadvantages of ceramic braces:
- More expensive than traditional metal braces
- Certain food and drinks can cause stain and affect dental hygiene
- Less durable than traditional metal braces
- Move teeth slower than metal braces
How much do ceramic braces cost?
The cost for ceramic braces varies from patient to patient. However, on average, the range can be from $6,000 and up. For comparison, metal braces cost from $5,000 and up, and Invisalign cost from $7,000 and up. Contact Grand Dental office for a free individual orthodontics consultation.
Ceramic braces may not be covered by your dental insurance nor healthcare. Contact your private health care to confirm your benefits.
Length of treatment compared to metal braces
Depending on individual cases, ceramic braces take around 1.5 – 3 years to straighten teeth, whereas metal braces can take <1 – 3 years. Because ceramic braces aren’t as durable as they move your teeth, brackets need to be replaced more often to stop them from breaking from the pressure.
How durable are ceramic braces?
Ceramic braces are not as durable as metal braces because the ceramic material is weaker than metal and is more than two times more likely to break even from regular biting and chewing.
People who play contact sports or have hobbies/jobs that require a lot of mouth movement (e.g., singing, public speaking, etc.) may want to consider metal braces over ceramic ones.
How do I avoid staining ceramic braces?
- Remember to brush and floss after eating to make sure there’s no leftover food
- Avoid foods that stain easily, such as coffee, wine, tea, soda, etc.
- Avoid smoking to prevent yellow stains on your braces and teeth
Based in the Blue Mountains, we’re among leading dentists specialising in orthodontics in the Blue Mountains. Call us on (02) 4742 1004.