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Traditional Ceramic (Clear) Braces

Traditional ceramic braces are clear, making them next-to-invisible.

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Ceramic Braces for a Better Smile

We often work with patients who are not comfortable with visible metal braces. Fortunately, there are alternatives to traditional metal braces that offer a more discreet solution for such patients—clear ceramic braces being one of them.

Are you considering ceramic braces in Bluffton? Here’s what you need to know:

What are Ceramic Braces?

Patients wary of traditional metal braces may choose to straighten their pearly whites with ceramic braces.

They are affixed to teeth, and wires are threaded through slots in the brackets.These semi-translucent brackets also blend well, making it an ideal option for those who wish to straighten their teeth in a more discreet, subtle manner. You benefit from brackets that share similar colors with your teeth and do not stain.

Ceramic braces also come with tooth-colored wiring and versatile ties (choose from white, metal, or clear ties). Wires are held to brackets by tiny rubber bands called “ligatures” or “o-rings.” Brackets are made of ceramic or porcelain materials. Wires are made of metal alloys and deliver a constant, gentle force to move teeth.

Benefits of Ceramic Braces

The majority of patients who choose ceramic braces over more traditional metal braces, do so to improve their smiles without generating a great deal of attention. Ceramic braces are a perfect cosmetic fix for patients concerned about their appearance while undergoing orthodontic treatment. Despite their discreet characteristic, ceramic braces are still equally as effective as traditional metal braces.

Unlike their metal counterparts, however, ceramic braces are easy to remove when treatment ends. In some cases, bracket bonding agents are too hard on teeth, which results in damaged tooth enamel during removal.

Since ceramic braces need more care than traditional metal braces in terms of oral hygiene, their typical placement will be on the upper front teeth.

Here at Bluffton Orthodontics, we consider ceramic braces to be one of the best alternatives to metal braces. We will determine the best fit for you during the initial consultation.