Ceramic braces: procedure, advantages & costs
Ceramic braces are a type of brace system that can be used to effectively correct the bite, which is practically invisible to others. To date, braces are the best and most effective orthodontic design. With their help, you can eliminate various anomalies of the teeth, dentition, and occlusion.
The bracket system consists of locks (braces), an orthodontic power arch, and ligatures (wires or rubber bands). Braces are installed at a certain angle, which is calculated by the orthodontist. Ligatures fix the arch to each bracket. The archwire quietly pulls the braces, and the braces, in turn, the teeth, and they gradually take the correct position in the dentition. Ceramic systems are installed on the anterior surface of the dentition.
Ceramic braces are white, due to which they merge with the enamel and are almost invisible in the oral cavity. Products are made of pressed ceramics and are highly durable. In terms of aesthetics and reliability, they are inferior only to sapphire designs. Ceramics do not change color over time under the influence of saliva and do not stain with food and drinks, and therefore serve well for a long period of time.
Treatment with ceramic braces usually takes 6 months to 2.5 years. The duration of wearing braces depends on the clinical situation in the oral cavity, the degree of malocclusion, and age. The older a person is, the better his maxillofacial muscles have adapted to the position of the teeth, and the more difficult it will be to reconfigure this system. However, even in adulthood, it is possible and necessary to correct the bite - after all, an incorrect bite and non-physiological work of the maxillofacial muscles can cause uneven erasure of enamel, stomach pains due to problems with chewing food, and even headaches.
While wearing Ceramic braces, it is recommended to take good care of your teeth, avoid heavy chewing loads - for example, you will have to give up eating whole hard fruits and vegetables.
In addition, despite their strength, ceramic braces can chip. In this situation, you should visit a specialist and reinstall the product. Doctors recommend thorough oral hygiene and professional hygiene every 2-3 months.
Types of ceramic braces
Ceramic braces can be of two types:
Ligature. Ceramic braces, in which the arc is attached to the clasps with elastic bands or wires, are called ligature braces. They are more massive and noticeable to others. Although ceramic braces are light and blend in with tooth enamel, ligatures can be conspicuous. Therefore, such designs, in comparison with non-ligature ones, are more noticeable.
Ligature-free (self-ligating). thess ceramic braces have advantages of the absence of ligatures, the orthodontic arch is fixed in locks using a special mechanism. The bracket system consists of a minimum number of elements, they look neat and inconspicuous. The presence of a large selection of ceramic braces on the dental market makes it possible to highlight braces for adolescents and adults. Ceramic braces for 14-17 years old are smaller.
The most popular ceramic braces are:
Damon Clear from Ormco is a modern transparent ceramic bracket system that is almost invisible on the teeth. Products are made of wear-resistant polycrystalline material, and the system does not contain metal elements. The structure does not oxidize, is not saturated with pigments, does not change color and shape for a long period of time.
Сlarity SL from 3M Unitek. The system consists of transparent ceramic braces and a metal orthodontic arch. The manufacturer manufactures both ligature and self-ligating braces. Products are made from finely dispersed ceramics with the addition of zirconium dioxide. Сlarity SL is highly durable, aesthetically pleasing, and compact.
In-Ovation C from GAS. It is a ligature-free highly effective system for the treatment of various malocclusion anomalies. It is distinguished by the presence of strong locks for the arc and the natural color of the material, thanks to the addition of porcelain to the composition. In the design, all edges are smoothed, thanks to this, wearing the system is very comfortable. QuicKlear by FORSTADENT - translucent self-ligating braces. The constructions have excellent aesthetics and secure fixation thanks to a special base. The manufacturer promises to reduce the time of treatment and create ideal conditions for correcting the occlusion.
Pros and cons of ceramic braces
Ceramic braces have many benefits:
Strength. Products are made from finely dispersed ceramics, which are baked at high temperatures. Thanks to this, the material acquires strength and resistance to mechanical stress.
Aesthetics. Ceramic products merge with dental tissues and are practically invisible to others. The braces have a transparent structure. The big advantage is color stability - no color change of the locks under the influence of food dyes and pigments.
Comfort. Due to the small size of the structures and the smoothness, a comfortable treatment takes place. In addition to the convenient use, patients note psychological comfort.
Quick addictive. Getting used to ceramic products is quick and painless. The adaptation period usually lasts no more than 3-7 days. At the same time, diction is almost never violated.
Effectiveness. Most dental anomalies can be eliminated with ceramic braces. The device effectively moves the teeth into the correct position and evens the bite.
However, ceramic systems also have several disadvantages. Despite their strength and resistance to stress, the products are still inferior to metal and sapphire braces. Under strong pressure, ceramics can chip, therefore, the structure should be protected during treatment. Also, the bracket may come off - in this case, you need to re-visit the doctor and re-fix the bracket. Another disadvantage of ceramics is the relatively high cost of aesthetic designs. But, taking into account all the properties and parameters of orthodontic appliances, we can conclude that ceramic braces are the best option for correcting occlusion in terms of price, aesthetics, and quality of treatment.
Installation of ceramic braces
Treatment with braces takes place in several stages:
Patient examinationdetail mouth examination is done and othr neceessary dental treatment is advise to complete before starting treatment with ceramic braces
Diagnosis,Multiple Xrays ar taken to measure seeverity of problem and its correction chances with ecramic braces are calculated
Tooth preprationAcid is applied on tooth surface for preperation of ceramic bracket application
Ceramic Brackets applicationceramic brackets are attached to tooth surface with help of resin cements.
Wire placementorthodontic wire is placed in ceramic brackets and ligature are attached to hold wir
Treatment progreessionAt later visits various other components are attached to make progress in treatmeent
Depending on the type of system, an orthodontic arch is installed, which is attached to each bracket.
If necessary, molars are fitted with cheek locks and rings.
The doctor gives advice and recommendations for care.