When you think about orthodontic treatment, what comes to mind? Do you tend to think of conventional dental braces, with their metal wires and brackets? Many patients struggle with malocclusion, but they may be hesitant to undergo treatment for it because they mistakenly believe that their only option may be traditional dental braces. Fortunately for patients who may be candidates for braces, ceramic braces may be an option worth consideration. At Kelly Smile Dentistry we are pleased to provide this discreet treatment option to our valued patients who prefer a more subtle form of orthodontic treatment.
What are Ceramic Braces?
Ceramic braces, which are also known as “clear” braces, are a unique approach to orthodontic treatment. Unlike conventional dental braces, which generally rely upon metal brackets and wires, ceramic braces instead use a different type of material. Because they use ceramic, they can be either clear or white, which means that they blend in seamlessly with your teeth. In turn, your treatment is less visible, which can help reduce any feelings of self-consciousness when undergoing orthodontic treatment.
What are the Benefits of Ceramic Braces?
There are many reasons why a patient may prefer to undergo orthodontic treatment with ceramic braces. Not only do they help carefully shift your teeth back into the correct position, they are much more subtle, too. Many patients find that ceramic braces are more comfortable than conventional braces, as well. Ceramic braces are also quite durable, which means you will not have to worry about them breaking while wearing them. Finally, ceramic braces tend to be quite affordable, especially when compared to other treatment options, such as clear plastic aligners.
Undergoing orthodontic treatment with ceramic braces is not only a more discreet way of adjusting your teeth, but it can also help restore both the appearance and the function of your teeth. Like conventional dental braces, ceramic braces can help make it easier to bite and chew with ease. They can also make it easier to keep your teeth clean, which means you may have a reduced risk of developing tooth decay or gum disease after your treatment ends. Ceramic braces can help treat many of the same things that metal braces treat, such as overbite, underbite, crossbite, and open bite.
Taking Care of Your Ceramic Braces
It is important to remember that if you decide to treat your malocclusion with ceramic braces, you do need to take measures to help protect them. Ceramic can be more fragile than metal, which means that there is a risk that they might break. You will want to avoid applying too much pressure to them in order to prevent damaging them. You will also want to make sure to continue to uphold your oral hygiene regimen, taking measures to not only keep your teeth clean, but the area around your ceramic braces, too. We can advise you on how to take good care of your braces during your appointment with us.
Ceramic braces can be a fantastic way to help restore both your confidence and the appearance of your smile. To learn more about them, or to set up an appointment with us here at Kelly Smile Dentistry, please do not hesitate to call us at (442) 229-0766 today.