Ceramic braces are available as an alternative to traditional metal braces. One of the main reasons that people choose to go with ceramic braces is because they are much less visible than traditional metal braces. Below are some more pros and cons of ceramic braces.
As mentioned, one of the biggest pros of ceramic braces is that they are less likely to be noticed by other people. This is because ceramic braces use ceramic brackets instead of metal brackets in order to hold the archwire in place. These ceramic braces can be made to be translucent or tooth-colored. The arch-wire that is used is also usually frosted to blend in better with the brackets. Another big pro of ceramic braces is that they are just as powerful at moving your teeth into the proper alignment as metal braces. Also, ceramic is stain resistant.
One of the main cons of ceramic braces is that they are more expensive than metal braces. Also, some patients feel that ceramic brackets feel rougher against their soft oral tissues when compared to metal brackets. The ceramic brackets are usually bigger, too. This is because ceramic is more fragile than metal. In order to compensate, it requires that the brackets are larger. And because of their fragility, our Los Angeles orthodontists may need to use less force when moving your teeth, resulting in a slightly longer treatment time.
If you are wondering if ceramic braces are the right orthodontic treatment option for you, contact our expert in ceramic braces in Los Angeles to schedule a consultation.