The Difference Between Traditional and Ceramic Braces

The Difference Between Traditional and Ceramic Braces

When it comes to getting quality orthodontic treatment, patients now have more options than ever before to consider. Orthodontists have the ability to tailor orthodontic treatment to meet the needs of each individual patient. Understandably, many patients weigh the pros and cons of ceramic braces versus traditional metal braces. Ceramic, or clear, braces are made of a tooth-colored, ceramic material that blends in with your natural teeth. Metal braces are the traditional stainless-steel, metal bracket braces option that people are most familiar with. Both are used to straighten your teeth and give you the smile of your dreams. At River Falls Orthodontics, our talented orthodontist and team will help you determine which type of braces is best for you.

What are Metal Braces?

Metal braces are the traditional stainless-steel braces made up of metal wires and brackets. Stainless steel metal braces are more noticeable on your teeth and are more durable. Traditional braces are used on children and more active patients due to their durability. Metal braces are typically used for more severe cases of misalignment, and orthodontists may use rubber bands or fixed appliances to assist in the movement of your teeth.

What are Ceramic Braces?

Ceramic braces, or clear braces, are a cosmetically pleasing alternative to traditional metal braces. This clear, discrete option consists of ceramic brackets with a clear wire connecting each bracket. Most often, ceramic brackets are placed on only the front teeth, due to the back molars needing a more durable material to withstand biting and chewing forces. This type of braces moves the teeth while being virtually invisible!

Pros and Cons: Traditional Braces vs. Ceramic Braces

There are many pros and cons to discuss with your orthodontist when deciding which type of braces best meet your orthodontic needs. Each patient has their own individualized treatment plan and your orthodontist will help to guide you through making the best decision for a lifetime of a happy and healthy smiles. Here are a few things to think about when determining the best fit for your smile:

Ceramic Braces:

  • Pro: Ceramic braces are virtually invisible! The clear brackets blend in with the natural color of your teeth, making them almost undetectable.
  • Con: The ceramic material can be brittle, which means these braces are less durable than the traditional metal option.
  • Pro: Ceramic braces provide a beautiful, long-lasting, straight smile, just like traditional braces do!
  • Con: Due to their light color, ceramic braces are more prone to staining and may require even more attention to keep them clean.

Traditional Braces:

  • Pro: Traditional metal braces are more durable than their ceramic counterparts. They can withstand greater biting and chewing forces and are a better option for patients who are very active and play high-contact sports.
  • Con: If you are concerned with how noticeable your braces are, traditional metal braces are not very discrete and are easily seen when you smile, talk, laugh, etc.
  • Pro: Metal braces are typically more affordable. At your complimentary consultation, discuss the financial benefits of metal braces with your orthodontist when comparing options.
  • Con: Metal braces may irritate the inside of your mouth, but most orthodontists provide a wax that can help ease this irritation.

Whichever choice is best for you, your orthodontist will take your teeth to a bright, straight smile!

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To see which treatment option is best for your child’s needs, schedule a complimentary consultation with our Simpsonville office. River Falls Orthodontics is here to help all of the smiles here in the Upstate of South Carolina!

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