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Ceramic Braces

Ceramic Braces

Ceramic braces are made from a clear material that doesn’t give the unpleasant appearance of a mouth filled with metal parts. The material helps prevent them from being seen from afar and isn’t always visible in photos. To further lower visibility, they are coated with a compound that matches the colour of your teeth. Therefore, most wearers report feeling as if ceramic braces don’t impede their daily lives or ability to perform at school, work or in recreational activities.

An In-Depth Look at Ceramic Braces

If you are one of the millions of people who need braces, then you are faced with the decision of what type of braces would best straighten your teeth without interrupting your life. In some cases, your dentist or orthodontist will make the choice for you but often people are left to decide what is most appealing to them.

Deciding which type of braces to choose is a big deal that will have ramifications on your daily life. It will impact your long-term oral health and potentially your confidence and emotional well-being, aspects too often ignored. Unfortunately, braces can become the most noticeable feature of your face so you need to either accept this or account for it. Remember, once braces are installed there is no going back.

For a long time, brace-wearers only had one option. They were forced to wear metal braces, which were cumbersome and visible from a far distance. Metal braces are still a popular option but now people also have the choice to go with ceramic braces, which offer many advantages including reduced visibility.

You need to understand the pros and cons of ceramic braces to determine if they are right for you. To start, we’ll look at the traditional type of braces. Then, we’ll review the benefits of ceramic braces and illustrate certain drawbacks. Lastly, we’ll help you understand the lifestyle that comes with these braces, how to maintain them daily, and how you can cope emotionally as they straighten your teeth.

The Pros of Ceramic Braces

You shouldn’t feel as if you’re being held back while you fix your teeth.

Ceramic braces are made from a clear material that doesn’t give the unpleasant appearance of a mouth filled with metal parts. The material helps prevent them from being seen from afar and isn’t always visible in photos. To further lower visibility, they are coated with a compound that matches the colour of your teeth. Therefore, most wearers report feeling as if ceramic braces don’t impede their daily lives or ability to perform at school, work or in recreational activities.

Ceramic braces are far more comfortable than their metal counterparts. In most cases, you shouldn’t experience any discomfort. You can participate in most of the same physical activities as before and can even do things like sing and perform if that’s what you enjoy. This is important because many believe that it’s hard to live the life you want with braces. It can cause emotional stress or make the wearer too self-conscious to participate in their preferred lifestyle or enter new social situations.

Being made from ceramics doesn’t affect how long you will need to wear braces. They straighten teeth at the same speed as metal braces. This makes it a popular choice for teenagers and adults who are concerned that braces will negatively impact their professional or personal lives. It solves the cosmetic issues associated with metal braces while offering the same functionality and efficiency.

Ceramic braces are considered an under-the-radar way to straighten teeth with the same effectiveness as metal braces.

The Cons of Ceramic Braces

Despite the brackets being larger, ceramic is a more brittle material than steel. Wearers need to pay greater attention to cleaning and caring for them. Because they are easier to break, you might need an additional trip to the orthodontist if you are not careful. In addition, ceramic’s fragility also forces your orthodontist to only use them on a patient’s front teeth with metal braces being used on the rest of your teeth.

The biggest drawback to wearing ceramic braces is that they present more challenges to clean. Because they are a shade of white they stain more easily. Wearers must brush after every meal—not just in the morning and before bed—and even after drinking or having a small snack. It is recommended to avoid certain foods and drinks that are known to stain like red wine, marinara sauce, coffee and some fruits like raspberries and blueberries. Uncleaned ceramic brackets can turn yellow, which defeats the purpose of having less noticeable braces.

Wearing Ceramic Braces

Wearing braces is an enormous lifestyle change. They play a distinct role in your daily life, can lower your confidence and you need to be prepared for any emotional fallout. Even in ceramic braces, you might be self-conscious at first and while there isn’t discomfort, your mouth might feel slightly different. It just takes some getting used to so be sure to speak to your orthodontist about this so you can be well prepared for the journey ahead.

The other aspect to be aware of is that ceramic braces require extra care and diligence. You will need to be cognizant of what foods to avoid. While certain physical activities won’t be off-limits you must be careful when participating in anything physical. Also, your oral care routine should evolve to ensure your braces remain clean and intact.

Treatment Price List

Consultation
£80
Consultation (for continuation of the treatment from another medical clinic)
1 arch £200 / 2 arches £250
Dental x-ray analysis + choosing the right type of braces
£150
Ceramic braces – Clarity
£700
Ceramic Damon braces
£800
Removable braces (1 arch)
£300
Emergency appointment (for patients from another medical clinic)
£50
Removal of braces (2 arches, retainer)
£400
Additional Retainer – 2 arches (impression + retainers)
From £200
Additional Retainer – 1 arch (impression + retainer)
From £100

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