Ceramic Braces Pros and Cons.

Ceramic Braces Pros and Cons.

Ceramic braces are the choice of many patients due to their greater aesthetics. They are invisible to others, and this is their main advantage. Ceramic braces are an orthodontic construction for leveling the occlusion, made of a special ceramic composition - polycrystalline aluminum oxide. This material is durable, hypoallergenic and aesthetic.

In order to make the right choice, it is important to know what advantages and disadvantages such a solution has, as well as to decide on a specific model of ceramic braces. An orthodontist dentist can help you with this. He also determines whether wearing ceramic braces is indicated in your case.

Ceramic Braces Pros.

Ceramic Braces Cons.

Visually pleasing appearance matching the color of the tooth enamelAlignment Treatment lasts longer than correction with metal braces
Getting used to wearing is fasterLess durable than metal and sapphire
Relative affordability, than sapphire or lingual bracesCan not be used in complex cases of malocclusion
Non-Allergic and Non-TraumaticIncreased need for oral care and nutrition.
Color remains the same even after some time.Prone to Tooth Decay like Other Braces
Do not freeze in the cold.Prone to staining from berries, juices, coffee, wine;

Pros of ceramic braces

Visually pleasing appearance matching the color of the tooth enamel;
The advantages of ceramic braces include an aesthetic appearance. "Ceramics" can be matched to the natural color of the enamel, which makes the structure barely visible to others. In addition, many patients report a fairly quick addiction to braces.

Getting used to wearing is faster
Highly polished surfaces of ceramic brackets are less traumatic to gum cheeks, and patients are not bothered with frequent ulceration like metal braces.

Relative affordability, than sapphire or lingual counterparts;
Ceramic braces are more affordable than their sapphire rivals in price, which is also a significant advantage.

Non-Allergic and Non-Traumatic
Ceramics are harmless to human health, there are no allergic reactions to it. It does not injure the soft tissues of the mouth.

Color remains the same even after some time.
It is also important to note that ceramics are stain resistant. The color of the braces remains the same throughout the treatment. There is virtually no difference in shade.

Do not freeze in the cold.
Ceramic does not freeze in the mouth in the cold, unlike metal.

Minuses| Cons of ceramic braces

alignment of the dentition lasts longer than correction with metal counterparts;
The disadvantages of ceramic braces are that with their help the treatment will be longer than with the use of metal structures. The period of using ceramic braces to achieve the final therapeutic result is three to four months longer than that of other types of construction, however, the duration of this period is set by the attending physician, taking into account the individual characteristics of the organism;

Prone to staining from berries, juices, coffee, wine;
Despite the resistance of dental ceramics to dyes, some elements of the braces can still become stained over time, which imposes restrictions and forces you to follow a "white" diet, drink less tea and coffee.

less durable than metal and sapphire
If the system is mistreated, it is easier to damage or break them; Ceramics are quite fragile, so the restrictions on solid products are very strict. It requires careful maintenance.

Pron to caris like all braces systems
The rest of the disadvantages apply equally to all types of braces. For example, wearing braces for a long time increases the likelihood of developing tooth decay. You can get rid of the risks by paying attention to hygiene and regularly visiting a dental hygienist for professional teeth cleaning.

Increased requirements for oral care and nutrition.
Wearing ceramic braces requires the use of special hygiene products: irrigators, brushes, special toothbrushes designed for braces. However, this disadvantage also applies to the disadvantages of all braces.

Getting used to ceramics occurs quite quickly, but the time of wearing ceramic braces will be relatively long, up to 1.5-2.5 years. The duration of treatment depends on the type and severity of the bite anomaly.

Can not be used in complex cases of malocclusion
Complex cases where large tooth movements are required cant be treated with ceramic braces as these malocclusions need high forces through heavy archwires and elastics. Ceramic braces can't withstand such high force and crumble frequently. in some clinical cases, the dentist may recommend the installation of braces from a different material, as there are more durable options;

Each patient decides for himself whether this type of design is suitable for him, but the deliberation process should be based on the recommendations of the doctor, who expresses a professional opinion based on the data obtained about the patient's health.

Indeed, despite the fact that the rings are ceramic, they are not completely invisible. The patient's interlocutors can easily see that he is wearing dental braces. This solution is therefore not suitable for people who want to correct the alignment of their teeth discreetly. A few ligatures, that is, the little rubber bands that surround the bands and hold the thread together, may be prone to yellowing in patients who smoke a lot or drink a lot of coffee and tea. Elastics are changed during appointments, but yellowing can get in the way.

Types of ceramic braces

There are several types of ceramic braces, the pluses and minuses of which may differ slightly:
all-ceramic plates. In this case, the structural elements are completely made of ceramics, which makes it rather fragile and imposes certain strict restrictions;

ceramic braces with metal locks. The use of such a design simplifies the process of teeth alignment, since it is possible to independently adjust the fixation method;

ceramic plates with metal grooves. This design is more durable due to a special ligature fastening with reliable components;

combined. In this case, there is a combination of ceramic and metal elements, which accelerates the healing process and obtains the desired result.

Cost of ceramic braces

In our clinic, you can install ceramic braces for 6000 to 8000 USD or more. As already mentioned, "ceramics" are more expensive than standard systems for correcting teeth and bite. When choosing, also consider the brand, clinic and high cost of materials. This will help you choose the right solution to the problems of the dentition.

Tip for small budgets

The braces ceramic can be used with conventional devices in gray metal. Indeed, the patient may decide to put a ceramic appliance on the top and a normal appliance on the bottom to minimize the cost of the treatment. Thus, when he smiles, the most discreet part appears which will prevent him from having complexes when speaking with his interlocutor. The metal will not appear much since it will be on the less visible part. When you have a small budget, this solution is recommended.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do ceramic braces take longer?

Ceramic braces Take longer to treat an anomaly as teeth can't be moved forcefully due to use of light archwires.Ceramic braces are weaker in strength than conventional metal braces. Less force can be applied to the tooth movement compared to conventional metal braces.. Ceramic braces are prone to damage in careless patients during eating. Brackets dislodgement and breakage can prolong treatment duration.

Do ceramic braces damage teeth?

Ceramic braces are completely harmless to tissues and teeth. Ceramic braces are made of biocompatible ceramics and have no allergy or sensitivity reactions to gums or teeth. However, like any other braces system, people with bad oral hygiene habits are more prone to tooth decay.. Another common damage to teeth occurs after removal of braces. Where, natural smoothness of tooth surface is lost and needs proper polishing and removal of cements to avoid carious lesions formation in future.

Should I get metal or ceramic braces?

Ceramic braces are best in terms of appearance and smoothness. It will be the best option if you worry about metallic appearance or injury to fragile mucosa and gums like in some systemic diseases. Again you should opt for ceramic braces if high cost is not bothering you. However, Ceramic braces will not be a good option in complex cases where greater tooth movements are required and and need heavy archwire with increased forces. Ceramic braces can't withstand heavy forces due to their weak strength.

Why do ceramic braces turn yellow?

A few ligatures, that is, the little rubber bands that surround the bands and hold the thread together, may be prone to yellowing in patients who smoke a lot or drink a lot of coffee and tea. Elastics are changed during appointments, but yellowing can get in the way.

Do ceramic braces break easily?

Ceramic Braces are less durable than metal and sapphire - if the system is mistreated, it is easier to damage or break them;

Can you drink coffee with ceramic braces?

Whether it is possible to drink coffee drinks while wearing ceramic braces is a controversial issue. It is believed that ceramics are resistant to food dyes, but in the absence of high-quality oral hygiene, the accumulation of food pieces in the teeth, the plaque formed can absorb pigments and thereby affect the change in the shade of the structure. The same goes for smoking. This is not prohibited, but it is desirable to minimize this impact.

How do you care for ceramic braces?

Maintain oral hygiene to avoid tooth decay and other dental problems.
Use more than one hygiene product: brushes, brushes, irrigators.
Initially, the cleaning time will take half an hour. Over time, the patient will learn to perform the procedure faster.

Continue to attend dental cleaning and dental check-ups at clinics as recommended by your doctor.
It is not recommended to eat sticky and solid foods: chewing gums, crackers, some types of sweets.

How do I stop my ceramic braces from staining?

The period of wearing ceramic braces takes more than a year, at which time an important aspect is proper care of the oral cavity - this is the key to not only the aesthetic appearance of the structure, but also a successful therapeutic effect. Due to the fact that the gums and tooth enamel are in contact with the structure, you need to spend more time brushing your teeth - this process should be repeated after each meal and last at least ten minutes. Attention should be paid to both the inside and outside of the jaws.

If a person has eaten outside the home and is unable to fully use a toothbrush and toothpaste, rinse the mouth with water for two to three minutes.

It is necessary to monitor the condition of the bracket system and, if even a slight shift, a change in the position of its components is noticed, this is a reason to consult a dentist.

For hygienic oral care procedures while wearing ceramic braces, you need to purchase additional specialized dental products, namely:

Toothbrush - Must be V-shaped and moderately hard. Cleaning each tooth should be carried out separately, but without kinking the stick, as excessive force can cause trauma to the gums.

Dental floss - there are special floss, which include fluoride - this component creates increased protection against carious changes.

An irrigator is a device that provides a flow of water under tension, helps in oral hygiene, has a massage effect for the gums, and improves blood circulation to the tissues surrounding the teeth.

A brush is a product consisting of a handle and removable bristles. It is necessary for high-quality cleaning of hard-to-reach places, such as the gaps between the teeth and the area that is in contact with the elements of the braces. Their service life is two weeks, after which it is necessary to change the removable part.

Mouth rinses.
At first, these procedures will take about half an hour, but when a person gets used to it and a conditioned reflex is developed, the number of minutes spent on hygiene will decrease.

Also, every six months it is recommended to carry out professional teeth cleaning. At the reception, the dentist will not only carry out a hygienic procedure, but also check the condition of the teeth, fix the structure, and, if necessary, prescribe other types of treatment, such as getting rid of tartar and so on.

How do you remove yellow stains from ceramic braces?

Yellow stains due to food debris can be cleaned with a special toothbrush - Must be V-shaped and moderately hard, use of floss and irrigator. Best results can only be expected from professional teeth cleaning. Most of the time yellow staining occurs because of rubber elastics around the brackets which can be changed on the next visit of adjustments.

How long does ceramic braces take?

The time to get used to the installed ceramic braces takes an average of two weeks. The correction time takes more than a year, since the dentition is smoothly and gently equal, but it takes more time than in metal types.


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