There are definitive advantages to discreet teeth braces. None more so than the fact that both ceramic braces and clear braces allow you to undergo orthodontic treatment without incurring a mouth full of visible metal. In this post, we’re going to explain why you might strongly consider ceramic braces.
Before we move on, however, we need to clear up any confusion….
When talking about clear braces vs ceramic braces you may be under the impression that they are the same thing – fixed dental appliances that are barely visible when you smile. And, to many people, including dentists, they are.
However, for the purposes of this post, when we talk about clear braces, we actually mean removable clear aligners, hence the clear braces vs ceramic braces title.
Okay, so now we’ve got that cleared up, let’s take a look at the advantages of ceramic braces over clear (aligner style) braces.
Firstly, the types of treatment
Perhaps the biggest advantage of ceramic braces over clear braces is that the former is primarily a full fixed brace as opposed to a series of clear removable aligners. So while orthodontic treatment using aligners can be faster (sometimes by several months) it isn’t well suited to fixing all bite issues.
On the contrary, ceramic braces can fix all manner of orthodontic problems including tipped teeth, teeth that are severely rotated or larger tooth gaps and spaces that are primarily fixed using traditional metal braces.
Another key point in the clear braces vs ceramic braces debate is that wearing clear (aligner style) removable braces takes a great deal of will power. Why?
Because they’re designed to be easily and conveniently removed when eating or drinking anything other than water.
While this is a huge advantage from an oral health perspective, each aligner still needs to be worn for 22 hours a day. If this isn’t, for whatever reason, adhered to, it can delay treatment by several weeks or worse still, teeth may have drifted back to their original position and treatment will need to be restarted.
With ceramic braces, however, you don’t have to make the decision whether to take them in and out of the mouth because like other contemporary braces, they remain fixed in the mouth for the duration of your treatment. No stress, no hassle, ceramic braces will simply carry on moving teeth using traditional brackets and wires, so you don’t need to worry.
Aside from promoting better oral cleanliness, one of the reasons that clear aligner style braces are removed when eating or drinking is because they stain very easily. Failure to remove one when drinking a cup of coffee, for example, will result in a cloudy and noticeable aligner that loses it’s clear or invisible impact.
Because ceramic braces aren’t designed to be removed until the end of your orthodontic treatment they are manufactured to be more stain-resistant than say an Invisalign® aligner. But while it isn’t advisable to go overboard with stain-inducing foods and beverages like tomato sauce, coffee or cola, tooth-coloured ceramic braces are certainly more resistant to staining than other types of clear braces.
While orthodontic aligners are relatively durable, orthodontic treatment involving clear braces dictates frequent removal. As a result, cracks can develop in the aligner as the clear plastic fatigues and wears out. This can render the aligner useless.
Dentists often suggest removing clear braces (aligners) in different ways so that stress cracks don’t get the chance to develop but this isn’t always easy to remember, especially if you have a particular way of removing them.
Ceramic braces, on the other hand, are designed to be strong, durable, and able to withstand normal bite pressure so they won’t chip, crack, and break easily. This makes this type of orthodontic treatment a good long-term investment in your smile.
Clear braces vs ceramic braces – Cosmetic fix vs long term gain
Many people turn to clear aligners as a cosmetic fix, with the majority of folk looking to straighten slightly crooked or gapped teeth located in the smile line. For this purpose, clear braces can and do offer the perfect discreet solution.
Conversely, ceramic braces are usually worn for different reasons – primarily to correct orthodontic issues that may otherwise affect the person’s oral health. As straighter teeth are easier to clean, patients choosing fixed tooth-coloured ceramic braces are also investing in the long-term future of their oral care, resulting in less dental visits. Over the course of a lifetime that could equate to quite a considerable saving.
If you would like to find out more about clear braces vs ceramic braces and how they can benefit you, then come and talk to the team at Randwick Smiles. Call today at (02) 8188 4625 for an orthodontics consultation and see how our dedicated team can help you.