A Clear Alternative to Metal Braces
Ceramic braces are also referred to as clear braces, tooth-colored braces, or aesthetic braces. They work the same way metal braces do.
Our clear braces are designed to be less noticeable on your teeth than metal braces. They're smaller than ever and made of nearly invisible tooth-colored polycrystalline ceramic material.
Blend in With Clear Braces
Having braces doesn't necessarily require highly noticeable metal brackets and wires. In fact, many of today's braces are made from either clear or natural tooth-colored materials to provide patients with an attractive, less noticeable alternative to traditional braces.
Even though most patients in ceramic braces love how discrete they are, we do have some teens and adults who like to use colored ligature ties. This gives braces an almost neon look. The colors pop off the clear brackets, creating a really unique look most people haven’t seen before.
What's the Difference Between Clear Braces and Invisalign?
Clear braces are the same as traditional metal braces except that they are clear! Clear braces are a less noticeable alternative to traditional metal braces and provide patients with an equally effective treatment.
Clear aligners are different from clear braces. Clear aligners are pieces of hard plastic that are designed to fit into your mouth like a mouthguard. Clear aligners are great for patients requiring minor orthodontic treatment.
The Differences Between Ceramic & Metal Braces
Advantages of Clear Braces
Appearance: Ceramic braces and clear braces are much less noticeable than traditional metal braces.
Clear and ceramic braces offer an aesthetic alternative for patients seeking options other than traditional metal braces.
Confidence: Many patients who choose ceramic or clear braces feel more confident about their orthodontic treatment, especially knowing that people are focusing on their smiles rather than their braces.
Disadvantages of Clear Braces
Cost: Ceramic and clear braces may cost more than traditional metal braces. Your orthodontist may offer convenient payment plans to help control the costs of your treatment. Be sure to talk to your orthodontist about all of your financial options.
Discoloration: The clear elastic ties used with clear and ceramic braces may become slightly discolored when you drink tea, coffee, or wine, and eat certain foods or smoke. Ask your orthodontist about how you can keep your braces looking their best.
Treatment Time: Orthodontic treatment with clear or ceramic braces may take longer than with traditional metal braces. If you don't mind investing a little more time in your smile, then talk to your orthodontist to find out how long your treatment time will be with clear or ceramic braces.
The Cost of Clear Braces
Our goal is to provide outstanding value for reasonable fees. One of the biggest factors that affect the cost of your treatment will be the materials used to make your braces.
In our office, ceramic brackets cost a little more than metal brackets.
The good news is, we offer flexible payment plans, automatic bank drafts, and we will also check with your insurance company for orthodontic benefits.
Treatment fees will vary depending on the complexity of your orthodontic treatment. Dr. Jim Thacker or Dr. MaryEvan Thacker will determine a treatment fee that fits your specific orthodontic needs, and our office will do everything we can to accommodate you and your budget.
The work it takes to put your braces on, adjust them, and take them off must also be factored into the total cost of treatment. Placing and removing ceramic braces are more sensitive to technique and requires more time.
Our treatment coordinators will be happy to go over the cost with you at your first free consultation.
Best for Adults
We think ceramic braces are generally better suited to adults and older teens. This is because ceramic brackets are more likely to break, and they're more expensive than metal brackets.
After a thorough orthodontic evaluation with our doctors, we can determine which treatment option will be best for you and your smile.
By talking to Dr. Jim Thacker or Dr. MaryEvan Thacker, you can decide if clear or ceramic braces are the right treatment for you. They can provide answers to your questions and extra information explaining the benefits of each treatment.
If you would like to learn more about clear braces, ceramic braces, and all of the options available to you, please contact our practice and schedule a free consultation to learn if they may be right for you.