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The Pros & Cons of Translucent Ceramic Braces

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The Pros & Cons of Translucent Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are a fantastic choice for a low profile aesthetic, if traditional braces or clear removable aligners aren’t right for you. However, there are some important factors to consider before you decide to go with translucent ceramic braces.


How are ceramic braces different from regular braces? Are they really translucent?

The brackets on traditional metal braces are made of metal. On ceramic braces, they're made of a tooth coloured ceramic instead. The ceramic blends in with the natural colour of your teeth, making them appear translucent.

Ceramic brackets aren’t actually ‘see-through’ as such, but it appears as though they are because they so closely resemble the colour of your teeth. This creates a clean and streamlined look, very different from that of regular braces.

Are there any downsides to this to this style of braces?

Ceramic braces straighten your teeth the same way traditional braces do, with one caveat. The he ceramic material is not as strong as metal is, which means that the duration of treatment may be longer. This is because your orthodontist won’t be able to  tighten them as much at one time as she would metal braces.

Ceramic braces also cost more than traditional braces. You can save money on them by only having the ceramic brackets applied to their more visible upper or upper centre teeth. Then, you can use metal brackets for the rest. That way, they get the best of both worlds!

Finally, although the brackets are tooth coloured and blend in very well with your teeth, making them look less substantial than normal braces the ceramic brackets are actually somewhat larger in size than metal ones are. This is not typically a noticeable difference, but worth keeping in mind nonetheless.

If you think translucent braces may be a good choice for you, contact Ridge Meadows Orthodontics today for a consultation.

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