Misaligned and crooked teeth can lead to tooth wear and jaw pain. However, braces can be used to straighten teeth, align bite and adjust the spacing between teeth so that you have a more attractive smile and properly functioning teeth. However, braces can be noticeable, especially if you opt for traditional metal braces. You do have the option to choose either clear plastic or tooth-colored ceramic braces in place of metal braces for a more inconspicuous appearance. Bear in mind that each type of braces has advantages and disadvantages, and the decision must be made with advice from your orthodontist.
Plastic and ceramic braces can be either clear or a shade of white. This is done so that they blend in with your teeth and are virtually invisible except for the arch wire. This is because all types of dental braces rely on a metal arch wire that applies steady pressure to move teeth. The wires are attached to your teeth with brackets. The material of the bracket varies according to the type of braces selected.
Bear in mind that the phrase clear braces can be used to refer to Invisalign which is another alternative for teeth straightening. For more information, ask your orthodontist which is best for you. In addition, it is recommended that you consult with your dental insurance and look into financing, as well as it can be an expensive treatment.
Most patients will tell you that ceramic braces do not irritate the gums as much as traditional metal braces do. In addition to blending in with your teeth because they have several colors to choose from, they are also strong enough to resist breaking under most circumstances. Moreover, in addition to being very strong and being recommended for people with very white teeth because they basically disappear, they generally do not stain unless you smoke or drink a lot of red wine or coffee. Even then, they may not stain at all with proper oral hygiene.
However, the elastic bands are porous and can stain. Additionally, they are also more expensive than traditional braces and also tend to be a bit larger, as well. The larger price tag is due to the higher cost of the material plus, as well as additional maintenance costs. Moreover, plastic and ceramic braces require more visits for adjustments and repair than metal braces. Plus, the routine checkups tend to be longer for ceramic braces.
Another thing to take into consideration is that treatment may take a bit longer than with traditional braces. This is due to the fact that braces work by applying pressure to the brackets to move teeth along the wire. In order to make the teeth move, the braces need to apply enough force to overcome the friction between the bracket and the archwire. Metal brackets have the least amount of friction against the metal wire as compared with ceramic and plastic brackets. This means teeth move slightly more freely with metal braces, and thus require less treatment time.