All About Ceramic Braces
At Smiles to Love Orthodontics, we’re proud to offer ceramic braces to our patients in Marysville, Plain City, and surrounding areas!
Clear braces are also referred to as ceramic braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces and they work the same way metal braces do.
Clear Braces for a Straighter Smile
These ceramic options blend in well with your natural smile. Though they're not completely invisible, and the brackets are about the same size and shape, they’re much less noticeable than metal braces.
If you’re looking for a less noticeable option but still want to improve your smile, this may be the best option for you! Ceramic braces are very similar to metal braces but these braces are made of ceramic or clear composite material.
Our clear braces at Smiles to Love Orthodontics are designed to be less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. They're smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material.
Ceramic braces offer patients a discreet treatment option, but, they can sometimes be slightly more fragile and more expensive than metal braces. Because of this, Dr. Schweiss and Dr. Jusseaume typically recommend them for older teen and adult patients.
Blend in With Clear Braces at Smiles to Love Orthodontics
Ceramic brackets are a less obvious way to straighten your smile when paired with clear, white, or tooth-colored wires and elastic ties. This option is especially attractive if you’re an esthetic-minded adult or teen in Marysville and Plain City.
Ceramic braces are perfect if you want an aesthetic treatment option but don't want the extra hassle of removable aligners and the responsibility of wear time.
Even though most of our Smiles to Love Orthodontics patients in ceramic braces love how discrete they are, we do have some teens and adults who like to use colored ligature ties.
This gives braces an almost neon look. The colors pop off the clear brackets, creating a really unique look most people haven’t seen before.
Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
Metal braces are known for their durability and strength. Ceramic braces are also tough, but they are made from a different, more fragile material that is more likely to chip or crack. Traditional braces are also better at tolerating pressure than newer ceramic ones.
If your treatment involves complex tooth movement, Dr. Schweiss or Dr. Jusseaume may determine metal braces could be a better option. Adjustments with ceramic braces must be slightly smaller, so it certain situations, treatment may take a little more time to align your teeth. Having said that, both types of braces work on the same principles and tend to be equally as effective in most cases.
You may be worried about ceramic braces staining, but that hasn’t been a problem for several years. Ceramic brackets typically do not stain as long as good oral hygiene is maintained. You can choose to avoid things like coffee and tea, red wine, tomatoes, mustard, etc. to cut back on the chance of any staining, but this isn’t necessary since we change your elastics at every adjustment appointment.
As long as you maintain a good oral hygiene routine and follow the treatment plan put in place by Dr. Schweiss or Dr. Jusseaume, you shouldn’t have to worry too much about giving up your morning cup of coffee or evening glass of wine.
Cost of Ceramic Braces
One of the biggest factors that affect the cost of your treatment at Smiles to Love Orthodontics will be the materials used to make your braces.
In our Marysville and Plain City offices, the cost for metal and ceramic braces are the same! So whether you choose metal braces and have fun with color ties, or choose clear braces for a more discreet look, your cost is the same.
Treatment fees will vary between patients depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Schweiss or Dr. Jusseaume will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our office will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
Our treatment coordinators will be happy to go over the cost with you at your first free consultation.
Best for Adults
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with Dr. Schweiss or Dr. Jusseaume, we can determine which treatment option will be best for you and your smile.
At Smiles to Love Orthodontics, we think ceramic braces are generally better suited to adults and older teens. This is because ceramic brackets are slightly more fragile and require more caution during treatment.
Schedule a free consultation with Dr. Schweiss or Dr. Jusseaume at our Marysville or Plain City office to learn if clear braces may be right for you.