Do you yearn for a straighter-looking smile? Perhaps you have avoided orthodontic treatment because you don’t want to wear conspicuous metal and wire braces. Fortunately, advancements in techniques and materials have changed the landscape of what it means to wear braces. Today, patients enjoy a number of options for achieving a healthier, straighter smile that appear more natural looking. One such option, ceramic braces, is a great alternative to traditional metal and wire braces.
What are ceramic braces exactly?
Ceramic braces work similarly to traditional braces. The main difference is in the materials used to straighten teeth. Like traditional orthodontia, ceramic braces are fixed to the teeth. However, they will look very different. This is because brackets are made from high quality ceramics that closely resemble the shade of teeth. Ceramics are used frequently in dentistry—especially for restorations like dental crowns. Since ceramic reflects light as teeth do and are the same color as teeth, patients will enjoy discreet orthodontic treatment.
The wire that connects ceramic brackets can be coated with a tooth-colored compound to provide a more natural-looking appearance. Although ceramic brackets and white metal wires look very different from traditional braces, they provide the same results. These types of braces can correct crowded, gapped, and overlapped teeth as well as improve a patient’s occlusion (bite).
Who benefits from ceramic brackets and white wires?
Most patients in need of orthodontic care benefit from ceramic braces. These types of braces are especially popular among teenagers and adults because they provide an aesthetically pleasing alternative to metal orthodontic appliances.
Will foregoing orthodontic treatment affect my oral health?
Patients with orthodontic issues typically have a higher incidence of gum disease and tooth decay—especially if their teeth are crowded or overlapped. This is because overlapping or crowded teeth are more difficult to keep clean with regular flossing and brushing. Correcting tooth placement makes oral hygiene easier, thus reducing a patient’s risk for common yet destructive oral health conditions.
To learn more about your options, we recommend that you schedule a consultation with our experienced orthodontist. Call us today at 210-921-9191 to schedule an appointment.