At Frigo Orthodontics, we strive to enrich lives through positive and life-changing orthodontic treatments. We understand the importance of achieving a natural smile that radiates confidence. That’s why we offer ceramic braces as a discreet alternative to metal braces.
What are ceramic braces?
These braces apply gentle pressure to the teeth over time, gradually aligning your teeth into a favorable position. They can help with problems such as overcrowding, crooked teeth, and asymmetrical bites. This is a great choice for patients who don’t want overly visible brackets.
Ceramic vs. metal
Ceramic braces function similarly to traditional metal braces, utilizing elastic bands to connect the archwire to the brackets. The key distinction lies in the brackets themselves, which are made of tooth-colored ceramic rather than metal. This aesthetic advantage makes ceramic braces less noticeable compared to their metal counterparts.
One of the main benefits of ceramic braces is their discreet appearance. The tooth-colored brackets blend in with your natural tooth color, making them less visible than traditional metal braces. This allows you to maintain your confidence and smile during social interactions, knowing that your braces aren’t the first thing people notice about you.
Another pro is that your brackets won’t be made of metal. For those who are allergic to metal, this can be life-changing, as they can straighten their teeth without hypersensitivity. In addition, if you have routine medical imaging exams, having less metal in your mouth is also a huge benefit.
While they offer an effective, subtle way to achieve a straighter smile, there are some factors to consider. Ceramic brackets are more fragile than metal ones, which means that there is a higher chance of breakage. In such cases, treatment time may be extended, and additional costs may be incurred. In addition, the brackets, as well as the clear elastic bands used to secure them, may stain depending on your diet– such as coffee or red wine– and your oral hygiene practices. Nonetheless, our orthodontists are always here to help you maintain your ceramic braces and ensure that your treatment progresses smoothly.
If you are thinking of using ceramic braces for your orthodontic treatment, pricing is an important factor to consider. Because the brackets are made from a more expensive, delicate material, ceramic braces cost more than traditional metal braces. In addition, if they break, they will need to be replaced. This will increase the price of materials as well as time in the chair.
At Frigo Orthodontics, we are committed to excellence. Whether you are considering ceramic braces or another orthodontic treatment, we will provide you with the highest standard of care. After all, your natural smile is always our focus.
Contact us today to schedule a consultation at Frigo Orthodontics.