While you want to achieve a straighter, more even smile, we understand if you don’t like the idea of metal braces, which can be obvious and unsightly in your mouth. That’s why ceramic braces could be a good option to consider. While ceramic braces function in a similar way to their traditional metal counterparts, they are more aesthetically pleasing as they blend in with your natural tooth colour.
Just like more traditional metal braces, ceramic braces, which are also often called clear braces, work by exerting pressure on your teeth until they move into the correct positions. Because ceramic braces use tooth-coloured brackets and wires, they are specially designed to blend in with the rest of your teeth.
If you have crooked teeth, teeth which overlap, or gaps between your teeth, your dentist will be able to advise you on the best orthodontic options to give you the smile you would like. Ceramic braces can also be a good option to treat an overbite. While there are other options to treat overcrowded or crooked teeth, many people opt for ceramic braces as they are more aesthetically pleasing.
Many people opt for ceramic braces because it isn’t as obvious that you are wearing braces as with those made out of metal. Here are the main reasons to choose ceramic braces:
Before having your braces fitted, you will have a consultation with your dentist to discuss the best options for you, what will happen during the treatment process, and what results you can expect.
Your actual fitting will take somewhere around one to two hours. First, your dentist will thoroughly clean and dry your teeth before applying a special bond which will fix your ceramic brackets into place. Next, the wire to connect those brackets will be connected and secured into place with elastic bands.
You will be invited for regular appointments so that your dentist can tighten the wires to encourage your teeth to continue aligning themselves into the correct position to give you the best result.
It may take a little time to get used to the feel of braces in your mouth, but if you keep in mind the end result, it will help you to get over any initial discomfort. Many people choose ceramic braces for their appearance, but you do need to take a little more care of them when compared to metal braces, as they can stain more easily.
Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day to remove any food particles between your teeth and around the brackets or wires of your braces. You may wish to brush more often to make sure no debris builds up. You can also still floss while wearing braces, although it may be best to choose waxed floss which does not break so easily. It’s also best to avoid foods which can cause staining to prevent your braces from becoming discoloured.
To ensure that your mouth and teeth are clean, it’s advised to attend regular professional cleaning sessions with your dentist or dental hygienist, who will be able to use techniques not available to you at home to remove plaque and debris from even the most hard to reach places.
Once your teeth have moved into place, your dentist will be able to remove your braces using special dental pliers. You may feel a little pressure as the brackets are removed but the process is generally quick and pain-free. You will be fitted for a retainer to wear regularly so your teeth stay in their new position.