What are ceramic braces?

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Dr Hashmat Popat

ceramic bracesIf you are thinking about having your teeth straightened with braces, as a specialist orthodontist I have good news for you! Braces don’t have to be associated with
traditional metal smiles. Ceramic braces could be the ideal way for you to enhance your smile without anyone else noticing how.

Ceramic braces are sometimes also called clear braces. They are stuck to the front of your teeth like traditional metal braces, but clear braces are made of a ceramic material so that they match the colour of your teeth and are virtually invisible. (To picture how clear braces can look, imagine any implant crown you have seen – this is made from the same ceramic material.)

How do these braces work?

A ceramic bracket is temporarily glued to the front of each of your front teeth. A wire is then attached to each tooth. The wire exerts a gentle force which can start straightening your teeth within the first few visits to your specialist orthodontist.

What are the advantages of ceramic braces?

As well as giving you a clear alternative to traditional metal braces, ceramic braces work just as fast. The wire that moves your teeth is clear too!

clear braces ceramic braces Do they stain?

The ceramic braces themselves don’t stain. However, there are two types of ceramic braces: one uses an elastic loop to hold the wire in place and another uses a clip to do so. It is the elastic loop that may stain if you smoke, drink lots of tea, coffee or red wine or eat highly coloured foods such as curries. In any case, the elastic loops are replaced each time you visit your orthodontist, so staining needn’t be a lasting problem. If you prefer not to have the ceramic braces that use elastic loops, then speak to your specialist orthodontist about the ones that use a clip to hold the wire in place.

 

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