The debate around ceramic vs metal braces usually revolves around personal preference and cost. Both teeth straightening methods have been proven to be effective, but each treatment option carries a different price tag and its suitability for you will depend on your personal circumstances. Let’s take a closer look at ceramic and metal braces, and consider what might suit your teeth straightening needs.

What Are Metal Braces?

Metal orthodontics is the most common and most recognisable teeth straightening methods on the market today. While metal braces have been used for more than 100 years their design has improved, making it possible to correct a range of complex corrections. They are still effective at straightening the teeth and at correcting over and under-bites. Traditional braces consist of metal brackets that are placed on the outside of your teeth.  Because they are fitted on the exterior of the teeth, they are noticeable.

What Are Some Of The Advantages Of Traditional Metal Braces?

The sturdy nature of stainless steel means that traditional braces are capable of making major corrections. Traditional braces are still the cheapest tooth straightening option available, which is probably their biggest orthodontic advantage.

What Are Some Of The Disadvantages Of Traditional Metal Braces?

Metal orthodontics takes some getting used to, both physically and emotionally. While their design has improved slightly, they still can cause discomfort and irritation to the soft tissues of your mouth. Your mouth is likely to be sensitive after you have visited your orthodontist for adjustments. Metal braces are the most noticeable of all tooth straightening options and patients are often very conscious of the fact that they are wearing them.

What Are Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces are very much the same as traditional metal appliances except that they are made from ceramic, tooth-coloured material making them less visible to the naked eye. Ceramic braces were introduced in the 1980s when more adults started wearing orthodontics. Today ceramic braces are stronger than they used to be and they do not stain as easily as when they were first introduced.

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What Are Some Of The Benefits Of Ceramic Braces?

Some patients report ceramic braces to be more comfortable than metal orthodontics because they do not irritate the gums as much. Ceramic braces are sturdy and robust and can withstand a fair amount of pressure. Ceramic braces are usually available with tooth-coloured or translucent arches, which make them largely invisible to the naked eye.

What Are Some Of The Disadvantages Of Ceramic Braces?

It is a fact that ceramic braces cost more than metal braces on average. Good dental hygiene is essential for caring for your ceramic orthodontics. Because they are tooth-coloured it is easy to stain them. Your dentist will probably recommend that you avoid staining substances like red wine and coffee. Because of their higher cost and their capacity to stain they are usually better suited to adult patients than children and teenagers. Even though they are less noticeable than metal braces, ceramic orthodontics still takes some getting used to. They are less noticeable than metal braces but that doesn’t make them completely invisible.

How Do You Know Which Tooth Straightening Option Is Best For You?

Choosing the right tooth straightening method is a decision you will make with your dentist and orthodontist. You will need a thorough assessment before your dental practitioner can create a treatment plan. During your assessment, your dentist will discuss your long term dental goals, your budget, and your expectations. Based on the outcomes of this assessment, your dental practitioner will evaluate whether you are a candidate for ceramic braces. Adults who want to have a teeth straightening procedure that is less visible but does not require bite correction or complex correction may be eligible for ceramic braces.

How long will I wear braces for?

Everyone’s case is different, but most orthodontic treatment plans last for between six and 24 months, depending on the correction you require. It is important that you return for all your checkups and adjustments so that your dental practitioner can monitor your progress. To find out more about ceramic vs metal braces, it’s best to have an assessment. Contact our practice now to speak to an expert: (02) 8188 4625.

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