Costa Mesa, CA
An uneven smile can make a person self-conscious and make them lose their self-confidence. Moreover, it can also prevent you from cleaning your teeth properly.
At Newport Smiles Dental Spa, orthodontic treatments, like braces or aligners, can help you get a straight and even smile effectively. Today, there are many braces that are much less noticeable than the metal brackets of the past and hence are very popular among the public. One such type of braces includes ceramic braces.
What are Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces are similar to traditional metal brackets except that they are made of transparent wires and brackets. That is why they are known as clear braces as well. Ceramic braces also come in tooth-colored variety and they can blend in relatively well with your natural tooth color.
The major advantage of ceramic braces over metal brackets is that they are much less visible. They also are less likely to injure and irritate the soft tissues of your mouth. However, they are susceptible to cracking, chipping, and staining, if not maintained properly.
Ceramic braces work well for patients who have mild to moderate misalignments. At Newport Smiles Dental Spa, Renata Adames, DDS will assess the health of your mouth and will determine if clear braces are a right treatment choice for you.
Traditional Metal Braces vs Ceramic Braces
Traditional metal braces are made of metal brackets that are cemented to your teeth with a special dental adhesive. These brackets are then linked together with metal wires and tiny rubber bands. When most people say the word “braces,” these metal braces usually come to mind.
Traditional braces are very effective in correcting a wide range of alignment issues, including extreme overcrowding. In conjunction with new technology like heat-activated wires, metal braces can move your teeth quicker and even less painfully.
The major downside of metal braces is that they are very noticeable, especially when you speak or smile. They tend to make children and teenagers very self-conscious. Additionally, the metal brackets can press into the cheek and the insides of your lips, causing sore tissues.
Fortunately, though, today’s metal braces are more comfortable and less noticeable. In fact, some people love to choose the cool colors for their rubber bands.
Invisalign vs Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces and Invisalign aligners are both termed as “clear” braces, though these are both entirely different products. An Invisalign treatment consists of a series of clear plastic retainers which helps to straighten your teeth. Each tray is changed every one or two weeks and replaced with the next one in the series until your teeth are straightened completely.
Like ceramic braces, Invisalign are also much less noticeable than metal brackets. However, they only work well for small cosmetic changes in your mouth. Teeth that are severely rotated and have larger gaps are more effectively treated with ceramic braces or metal brackets.
Invisalign aligners are also more expensive than either of these choices.
Caring for Your Ceramic Braces
Ceramic braces consist of tiny elastic ligatures that hold the wires to the brackets. These brackets can become stained and discolored if you are in consume highly-pigmented food like blueberries, tomato sauce, curries, tea, red wine, and cola. Tobacco can also leave brown and yellow stains on the braces.
Try to consume these types of food in moderation while you are wearing braces and quit smoking for better oral health and general health. If your braces still get stained, we can easily change the ligatures when you visit us again to have your braces adjusted.
To make sure your ceramic braces remain clean and your teeth remain plaque-free, brush twice a day every day. Flossing can be tricky with braces but we will recommend you certain tools like an orthodontic floss threader to clean beneath the wires of your braces. We may also recommend fluoride toothpaste, mouth rinse or gel that you can use to strengthen your teeth.
Schedule an Appointment Today
Ceramic braces are a good treatment option for many patients who do not have severe misalignment issues. At Newport Smiles Dental Spa, Renata Adames, DDS can let you know if you are a good candidate for ceramic braces after you get a dental exam. They will then plan a custom treatment plan for you.
To schedule an appointment with us, call us at (949) 226-6636 today.