The progress of modern orthodontic technology has seen the development of ceramic braces, also known as white braces, which are an effective and less cosmetically intrusive alternative to the traditional kind. The most striking feature of ceramic braces is that they are much less noticeable than the traditional style, so much so that even Tom Cruise wore them in public.
WHAT ARE CERMAIC BRACES USED FOR?
Ceramic braces are used in the same way that traditional braces made of metal and wire are used, specifically to straighten teeth and help them assume proper alignment by through the application of pressure.
THE PROS OF CERAMIC BRACES
Because they are made of ceramic material that is translucent or white, ceramic braces are much less noticeable than traditional types of braces. The wires that join the braces together, more often than not silver on ceramic braces, is also available in a frosted or white colour that matches that of teeth more than other types, making this part of the braces less noticeable.
Which type of brace, translucent or white, is most suitable will vary from patient to patient, but dentists and orthodontists will recommend a type that will give the most of the effect that the patient requires, and the right choice will result in less conspicuous and more aesthetically-pleasing braces than traditional styles. For example, if a patient has teeth that are of a very light colour, translucent braces may be the best choice, whereas white ceramic braces may best suit teeth of a more natural and darker colour.
The effectiveness of ceramic braces as a more pleasing alternative was demonstrated in research that showed a model wearing different types of braces. By far the most popular images were those that displayed the model wearing translucent braces.
Ceramic braces are suitable for use in both adult patients and children.
THE CONS OF CERAMIC BRACES
The cheapest type of braces available are metal. Although these are less noticeable and cumbersome than the first types used, they are still very noticeable, whereas ceramic are much less so; however, as with many things, the better the product, the more expensive it can be, and this is the case with ceramic braces which are more expensive than traditional types.
Because they are composed of a softer material than metal braces, ceramic braces may need more adjustment. This is because due to the softer ceramic material used, the braces exert less pressure. This can also result in the whole treatment process being extended, making it longer than when more robust traditional style braces are used.
Ceramic braces may also feel rougher against the lips and inside of the mouth than metal braces do. Most people will become accustomed to this, however, over the course of the treatment, resulting in less irritation.
The material that is used to manufacture ceramic braces is actually harder than the enamel that covers teeth. It is for this reason that in some cases dentists and orthodontists will not recommend the use of ceramic braces on lower teeth, as when they are brought together the harder ceramic material may cause excessive wear on the enamel of upper teeth.
The clear advantages of choosing ceramic braces are that they are less conspicuous and more aesthetically pleasing than other, traditional types. They are, however, more expensive. Choosing between the types of ceramic braces available will be a matter of individual choice dictated by the colour of the individual’s teeth and the recommendation of a dentist or orthodontist.